Dear Cousin Craig (CC)  wrote this post yesterday (July 21). His take on the current trends. I’ve thrown in my worthy opinion as well.  I have included links if you have no idea what he is writting about.  Trust me, I needed those links more than you probably will. Odd Current Events My dear […]


Ah, the good old days. You know, back in the day, when kids didn’t sass, teachers were revered, neighborhoods were like villages, and the beat cop stopped by the porch for lemonade. The time before   violence and fear was invented. But hold your horses, before we get too nostalgic, are times really worse than […]


  Disclaimer: I love Cousin Craig. I invited him to write for Odd. I think he is funny (both ha ha and you know… funny,) but I take no responsibility for what he writes. None. His words and thoughts are all his. I am the odd but nice one. # My Odd Family – Dilemma […]


Camp Coup – Meet Our New Van

July 18, 2016

Oddie, our 2005 Honda Odyssey, spent his first years as a family vehicle. He offered plenty of room for my one and only kid, his pack of friends, pups, and all the stuff that comes and goes with family life. Time flew by, and soon the kids were leaving for college—except for one. My high […]

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Vacationing in Venice

July 15, 2016

  Cousin Craig is back to share how he spent his summer vacation!  # Growing up in our house included the obligatory summer vacation. My parents hoped our vacation time would bring us closer together, like the television Walton family. But John Boy and Mary Ellen were not my siblings, and Ma and Pa were not […]

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Ode to Oddie – Honda Van with a Heart

July 13, 2016

In 2005, dearly departed Joe (Joe-DD) and I owned two cars: a red Ford Taurus wagon, named “Apache,” and my great aunt’s Oldsmobile*, which we inherited and named the “Mimi-Mobile.” The Mimi-Mobile was the perfect vehicle for Joe-DD, but, as they say, nothing lasts forever. When Joe-DD had to open the car door and put […]

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Ice Skating Terrorist

July 3, 2016

This is not Craig Please welcome my Cousin Craig back to Odd. He enjoys the family gene of never letting the truth get in the way of a story. It is one of my favorite things about him. Really! # My wonderful cousin invited me to write something for her My Odd Family blog. She […]

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Facebook Trial by Comments

June 25, 2016

My friends on Facebook fall into several categories: family, close friends, friends of friends, and virtual friends. Virtual friends are like pen pals; we may never meet each other in real life, but we enjoy each other’s Facebook posts and company. One of my virtual Facebook friends disappeared around the first of the year. I […]

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Chicago Traffic: You’re Not the Boss of Me

June 8, 2016

Traffic in Chicago has been beyond bad. How bad is beyond bad? Really. Bad. Every day during the week, Cole and I provide transportation to and from camp for our day-camp pups. We travel about 100 city miles through Chicago’s neighborhoods. Daily, we overcome the trials and tribulations of city traffic, including countless detours due […]

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Sourdough Bread from Start to End

June 5, 2016

Sourdough Bread  Internet recipes are not my friend. I’m sure the people who write and post them are nice, well-meaning people. I’m sorry, I lied. Actually, I’m sure most of the recipes I find online are written by evil, vindictive want-a-be cookbook authors. The exception to this rule is the blogger of the blog No […]

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