Persian year 1399 delivers new normal challenges

Dan and Nazy Selfie Mid March 2020

Did you know that the planet just began the year 1399 under the Persian Calendar? Is it true that the Plague arrived in 1399? How many families with small children will look back on this year as an opportunity? Did anybody get locked outside during the ‘stay at home’ order? Why is Arrow enamored with Volcanos? And — in these troubled times — please be careful, wash your hands and stay socially distant. And if you want a fun view, check out “make them laugh” from Singin’ in the Rain.


stone soup slides into jumping and viral corona wall

Friday Family Fun Night Mar 13, 2020

Can a serious lyricist handle a musical based on ‘Stone Soup’? Can a kindergarten class perform the musical with aplomb? Will the performance take place before the kindergarten, school, city, state and country are locked down? Why does everyone want to have a pristine butt before they go to the hospital? When designing an idiot proof system, is it possible to underestimate the ingenuity of idiots?

sartorial splendor seems spectacular with olive-less pizza

Young Danny

Where can you find a heart-shaped pizza? Are there any drawbacks? Do you like olives? (On your pizza?) Can a one year old show-off demonstrate superior language skills? (Hint: Si!) Is green and red an appropriate color choice for Valentine dinner? Hint: Maybe — if Valentine Day falls in DecemberWhat will Tiger choose for his 100 day kindergarten celebration? And who picked that bowtie? Read More...

rainless, but colorful rocks watch linguistic children reign

Tiger and computer Jan 2017

When visiting the Natural History Museum with Mitra and Dan, what exhibit will be most interesting to Arrow? And, on a related note, what happened to the building blocks and the earthquake simulation table? Can florescent rocks take up the slack? How about friendly raptors? Can Dan cope with the limitations of monolingualism? Can Darius take pronunciation corrections from a 2 two year? Read More...

Freezing Doctor with funny bed drums vaccination on Azelle’s book

dan and the SB grandchildren reading book Feb 2020

Can the California crew cope with a winter weather alert? What is a Winter Weather Alert in Santa Barbara? Who is ‘the doctor with the funny bed’? (And why doesn’t Arrow want to see him?) In fact, why doesn’t Arrow want to see ‘so many doctors’? (And isn’t everybody happy that he doesn’t have to?) Which grandchildren like to read books? And which one likes to read them at 3:00AM? Is playing the drums similar to getting a flu vaccination? Read More...

free lunch singing bye bye on blue barbecue train

Tiger, naz and dan at grandparents day crane

What ‘wrong’ mailing list did Dan somehow appear on? How did that give him a valid reason to decline attendance at a “free lunch”? And refuse to speak with an insurance salesman? (Note: I realize that there is always a reason to not speak to an insurance salesman.) How was Grandparents Day at Tiger’s school? Where, other than South Africa, do they have a blue train? Who likes piano pounding and brio train wrecking? Read More...

coughing wheezing asthma with good job quesadilla

going home with Arrow

What is the most scary thing that can happen to a grandparent? Or a parent? Or a three year old? What is the biggest design flaw in the respiratory system? How do asthma attacks form? Which three year old asked the ICU staff for his morning coffee? Where do the doctors make a good job making quesadillas? How long did it take before it all ended happily? Read More...