Making Johnnycakes for the Cat

This morning Alexander and his class presented their fifth grade signature projects. Each of the kids had a figure from the Revolutionary War that they did a report on and earlier in the year they did a Walkthrough Revolution. This morning there was a chapel and each of the kids told us about their figure in history. It was really interesting. There was one woman who dressed as a man so that she could fight in the war. When she was injured a doctor discovered that she was, in fact, …

How Much Value do You Put on Sports and Education?

Alexander started with a new tennis coach. He really loves his group lessons but now that baseball has ended I’d promised him a private lesson each week. He’s just had his first lesson and loves it. The guy is German and speaks so kindly to Alexander that it reminds me of my grandparents. When he told him to stop and get a zip of water I could almost smell my Grandfather’s cologne. Jane has a tutor for Spanish. Jane’s tutor makes 40% of what Alexander’s tennis coach makes hourly. I …

Memorial Day BBQ with Frank Luntz at the Smithsonian West

This morning I sent off a note to Frank Luntz thanking him for being such a terrific host at the Smithsonian West. I’ve renamed his Los Angeles home Smithsonian West… I’m sure he appreciates it. I won’t even charge him a fee for the creative work that went into it. The invitation to the barbecue was interesting as it mentioned memorabilia. I sort of glanced at it and wondered what kind of collection gets mentioned in an invitation to a Memorial Day BBQ? When we got to the house it became abundantly clear that “the collection” was something very …

Moonrise Kingdom Review: the Perfect Movie

I just walked in from seeing Moonrise Kingdom and as much as I’d promised myself I wouldn’t ruin Memorial Day with blogging I have this insatiable need to share great things with you. With everyone. Moonrise Kingdom was absolutely perfect in every way. Even Bruce Willis (who Mr. G thought was miscast) didn’t bother me. He was clearly the weak link but he wasn’t Bruce Willisy… if that makes sense at all. Bill Murray and Wes Anderson clearly make magic together. I hope that never ends. Every scene, every prop …