How To: Administer Tough Love

Installment seven of Madame Chaos’ guest series on living hell well.

One of the curses of being three and its accompanying cuteness is that my  mother — who has nursed a fragile hope of becoming a decent photographer for years — thinks that I am a natural subject for pixellation by her fancy digital camera.  Maybe she thought that throwing over a thousand bucks at a camera and lenses and books and classes and editing software would make an iota of a difference to the fact that she just doesn’t have the EYE for anything beyond being a snapshot-taker.  Read the rest of this entry »


You Have My Permission

So I’m thinking that maybe it’s time to find my voice again and get back to blogging.  A good half of my six readers have been on my case about it, so I think that maybe I perhaps just might or might not possibly write a word or two here and there, now and again.  Sometimes.

About the only things I’ve been writing since my hiatus are assignments I do with the poetry class I’m teaching (six homeschooled teens, every Wednesday), and permission slips.  Lame, I know.   But Lisa convinced me that my six readers might enjoy the note I wrote a couple of months ago when I lost the permission slip that Missy May needed to go on a church kayaking adventure.  Here it is:

To Whom It May Concern:


I hereby give express permission, with all the accompanying rights and privileges, to the sustained leadership of the Young Women of the East Valley Ward of the Emmett Idaho Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, to take the natural first-born daughter of my loins, [Missy May], who hereafter will be referred to as “Missy,” on an excursion within the parameters of the 6-hour period previously arranged by said leadership.  The activities in which Missy may engage may include but are not limited to:  transportation to and from the various and sundry activities; watercraft, inflatable or otherwise, motorized or otherwise; and any foodstuffs or beverages of which she may partake and indeed is encouraged to partake.  It is the express wish of Missy’s parental units that Missy wear sunscreen of a high SPF and regularly consume water, and that she thoroughly enjoy each and every activity to the fullest extent possible.  It is with this charge that I release Missy to the protection of the leadership and anxiously await her return.






Missy asked me if she really had to take the letter.  Of course she did.