Living with The Animal

Valentine Brkich October 12, 2017

Imagine having a goose for a pet. A Canadian goose. But not just any old Canadian goose. A hyperactive, disturbingly loud, never-tired-of-honking Canadian goose. Now strap a siren to the goose. A siren that never stops wailing, day or night. And make sure it’s loud. So loud that it rattles your eardrums no matter how far…

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Old School Love

Valentine Brkich October 4, 2017

I was out and about around lunchtime the other day, so I decided to swing by my kids’ school to see if I could catch them out on the playground. It had been a tough day, news-wise (go figure), and I just felt like I needed to see them and make sure they were OK. I got there just…

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Time to Grin and Bear It

Valentine Brkich September 15, 2017

Well, it’s official. In the long slog that is parenthood, we’ve officially entered…The Dental Years. It all started the other day when the kiddos had their regular six-month check up. So far these have gone pretty smoothly, but of course I knew that wouldn’t last. Heck, they eat ice cream every single night, and their…

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A Sticky Situation

Valentine Brkich August 8, 2017

The sound of the bathroom door awoke me. A light in the hallway, then a tinkling sound. One of the kids must have gotten up to go pee. Either that or we had a tiny-bladdered burglar. As the toilet flushed and the light went off, I relaxed and prepared to fall blissfully back into unconsciousness. But then the bedroom…

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Trapped in a Runaway Subway — It’s Fun for the Whole Family!

Valentine Brkich July 22, 2017

Me. Locked in a small room with my wife and kids. And no way out. Not exactly my definition of fun. But as with most of my instincts, I was wrong. This week I was invited by the owner of Operation: Escape room in Center Township to come out and experience their “End of the Line” mobile escape room. Set…

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Road Trip 2017: The Great Midwest, Part 7 — Columbus, Ohio to Beaver, Pa.

Valentine Brkich July 17, 2017

A couple weeks ago, my wife, kids, and I packed into the “family truckster,” i.e., our Sonata, and set off on our Annual Brkich Family Road-Trip Adventure. The first year took us to New England; last year it was the great Southeast. This year we decided to head west—Midwest, to be precise, to see what hidden treasures…

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Road Trip 2017: The Great Midwest, Part 6 — Chicago to Liberty, Ind.

Valentine Brkich July 13, 2017

A couple weeks ago, my wife, kids, and I packed into the “family truckster,” i.e., our Sonata, and set off on our Annual Brkich Family Road-Trip Adventure. The first year took us to New England; last year it was the great Southeast. This year we decided to head west—Midwest, to be precise, to see what hidden treasures…

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Road Trip 2017: The Great Midwest, Part 5 — Milwaukee to Chicago

Valentine Brkich July 12, 2017

A couple weeks ago, my wife, kids, and I packed into the “family truckster,” i.e., our Sonata, and set off on our Annual Brkich Family Road-Trip Adventure. The first year took us to New England; last year it was the great Southeast. This year we decided to head west—Midwest, to be precise, to see what hidden treasures…

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Road Trip 2017: The Great Midwest, Part 4 — Galena to Milwaukee

Valentine Brkich July 10, 2017

A couple weeks ago, my wife, kids, and I packed into the “family truckster,” i.e., our Sonata, and set off on our Annual Brkich Family Road-Trip Adventure. The first year took us to New England; last year it was the great Southeast. This year we decided to head west—Midwest, to be precise, to see what hidden treasures…

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