Nature vs. nurture

So my dear wife Karen, terrific daughter Elisabeth and sensational significant George Three are sitting around the living room of A Bitty Better in the Liverpool neighborhood of Galeville, shooting the breeze and catching up on some TV we all like. Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, America’s hour of weeknight game show fun collected on…

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Testudo, Kermit, meet Bake

My good friend Bake had the occasion to visit my alma mater for a convention this month. He asked me the day before his trip if I had any hot spots around campus that he shouldn’t miss. It’s been more decades than I’d like to admit since I roamed the beautiful spaces of College Park,…

You can’t help but feel bullish for Ferdinand

It’s a good thing when a family movie gets it exactly right. Get the bigs and littles together for a feel-good viewing of Ferdinand, why don’t you? The bull who first made a name for himself in the picture-book world of Munro Leaf turned into an Oscar-winning short by Walt Disney some 80 years ago…

Oh, new day, says the dog

Sometimes I know why Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle gets me up so early. And it’s not just because our beloved rescue mutt is hungry. Or needs to take care of what’s built up while we’ve been sleeping in A Bitty Better. More than that. She wants to greet that yellow ball coming over our…