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Our great summer: Swim lessons

For the last several years our kids have taken swim lessons at January-Wabash Park.

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Our great summer: Ferguson swim team

This summer we embarked on a new adventure: Ludi joined the Ferguson Swim Team.

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Our great summer: Science and reading

This summer our kids had more science and library activities than ever before. In June, Vogt Elementary held a weeklong “Scary Science” camp at the school. Each day there was a scary theme, like making a mummy or eating bugs. … Continue reading

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Return to Washington

Every so often, Yoli needs to renew her Bolivian papers: her passport, her national ID, etc. Unfortunately for us, this work can only be done in Washington D.C. That’s not exactly convenient for us, so we always try to turn … Continue reading

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Remembering Benjamin Israel

Higher education had a term for folks like Benjamin Israel: “nontraditional student.” That applied to him in so many ways. Benjamin died Monday morning. I wanted to share a little bit about his impact. I first met Benjamin when I … Continue reading

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The space explorers fight over an asteroid

Usually I tell Josie and Joseph bedtime stories which star two space explorers named Josie and Joseph. Tonight I decided to change it up. They laughed so hard as I told this story that I figured I’d share it with … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from Ferguson

What does one write in a Christmas newsletter after your little town has suffered civil unrest and become the center of international attention? I’m not really sure, but here goes. The first seven months of the year were memorable. In … Continue reading

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Ferguson Sunday Parkways

Just as I began my drive to work, I noticed they were having Ferguson Sunday Parkways just down Darst from our house. This is one of many fun events Ferguson holds in different neighborhoods throughout the year. I had forgotten … Continue reading

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The space explorers meet the Borg

On nights when I am home from work, I tell the kids stories before bed. Because they are divided among two rooms, I usually tell two stories. The first story is for Josie and Joseph, and usually involves me making … Continue reading

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Remembering Yolanda Salinas Hess

I was surprised this morning to see an obituary in the Post-Dispatch for Yolanda Salinas Hess. I wanted to share a little bit about her brief, but bright, impact on my life. It started one morning late in Oct. 2002, … Continue reading

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