Ashes hanging out as fires cause mandatory evacuation

Darius and Leandra Dec 2017

How does anyone babysit a 1 year old Arrow and a 3 year Tiger old at the very same time? And will anyone be want to hang out with Dan after such an attempt? Who booked Nazy on an airplane with a 6:00AM departure? Was Darius able to find the airport early enough to drop her off? Who replaced Santa Barbara’s blue sky with soot filled ash? Why did hi happen while Nazy was gone? 200,000 acres is how many square miles? Why does it matter? Does anyone know the difference between a voluntary and a mandatory evacuation?

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Languid Apple Bugs flourish on hydrant fire engine parade


leandra and our girls Nov 2017 for letter

Will anything exciting happen while Nazy is out of town? More to the creative point, will Dan be able to think of anything to write about in the latest issue of The Weekly Letter? Is it possible to compose an exciting narrative about a languid and lethargic week? And will a broken fire hydrant flush away the doldrums? Canl bug-generating Apple Computer corporation come to the rescue? (Hint: If you are dumb enough to keep your telephone updated with the latest software, then December 2nd was not a good day to have an iPhone 7.) Is Tiger ready to see Santa Claus? Read More...
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Paper Art Thanksgiving: Everyone who matters is here

family photo letter 2 (ok from Chrisitane?)


When was the last time that
everyone in The Martin Family was in the same place for Thanksgiving? (Don’t despair, we can’t remember either.] When was the first time that The Martin Family wasn’t in the same place for Thanksgiving? [We do remember this?] Have you ever been stuck in an airport with only a nickel? Who didn’t want to cooperate while we took, or more accurately, attempted to take the annual family photo? What exactly is paper art? Read More...
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broccoli juice floats in big-brimmed, well-goggled, swimming hula hoop

mirror at music class Nov 2017


Does the dire condition, “Hat Brim Envy” afflict every member of The Martin Family? If your hat has a propellor on the top, does that qualify as a ‘cool’ brim? What plan did Dan follow that led to a goggle wearing Tiger? How many parts does a cold juicer have? Why does it matter. What is stronger: the strong nuclear force or the gritty stickiness of nanometer sized particles of spinach? Who is the family hula hoop champion? (Hint: the finalists were Tiger and Arrow.)
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17 pound jackfruit early sunset lights beach walk


dan and Nazy at beach togetther Nov 2017

Why do we ‘save daylight’ during the summer when we already have plenty of daylight? How do Dan and Nazy commiserate with East Coast friends suffering frigid temperatures? Hint: There is a nearby beach. Can the grand(est)dad turn a tour of the vegetable and fruit store into an adventure? By the way, what is a jackfruit? And how much does it weigh? Who would tell the very independent Arrow to take his pacifier out of his mouth before he (tries) to shove oatmeal into it?
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Cleopatra’s Cowboy feathers Marc Antony’s Indians with Burning Man


naz and dan shreves party

Who wears the hats in the family? (Especially on Halloween.) Can Marc Dantony out-glam CleoNazy?How do cascading white feathers compared to fringed buckskin? Can anyone talk Dan into wearing a Burning Man costume to a Halloween party? How about Kinky Boots? Are they better on Broadway or on Nazy or, even (gasp!) on Dan? Why does jet lag make it impossible to fall asleep — except when the snooze button is pushed?


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Leandra’s elevator challenges rainy otter on Apple’s pointless (useless) cloud


mirror all of us again

Where does the grandest daughter in the whole wide world live now? And, did she bring her parents? How did Nazy arrange perfect weather in the Pacific Northwest?When did Apple Computer become vertically challenged? Who, in particular, is responsible for ‘upgrades’ that degrade services? Why are they unaware of a simple concept: airplanes can fly above, below and through the clouds, but that doesn’t mean that Dan can access ‘The Cloud’ from seat 26B? And speaking of vertically challenged — who designed the ‘elevator’ in Darius’ new building? Where can you see sea otters and deer during a mid-afternoon nature walk? Read More...
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