Child Rearin'


My Daughter the Storyteller

Published on August 14th, 2015 | by Richard Black

It’s often said that children tell the best stories but I really haven’t found that to be the case. Darcy is an absolutely dreadful storyteller. Her plots are fairly transparent. She doesn’t employ many literary devices. ... Read More

Holding Forth


The Pseudoseum

Published on August 12th, 2015 | by Richard Black

Last week I had the displeasure of visiting a local play area with my daughter. It wasn’t a park or a Monkey Joes or the local Science Center but some sort of poorly conceived amalgam of ... Read More



I Hate Boys – Kafka at the Pool (Part III of III)

Published on August 4th, 2015 | by Richard Black

When I was fourteen the middle school I attended held a yearbook signing event in the gymnasium. My class of about fifty kids wandered around and solicited each other for signatures and gossiped during what was, ... Read More



I Hate Boys – Push (Part II of III)

Published on July 30th, 2015 | by Richard Black

When I was in third grade Tommy Roscoe shoved me off the top of the monkey bars. The fall wasn’t more than six feet but it ended on a big piece of blacktop because playgrounds in ... Read More



I Hate Boys (Part I of III)

Published on July 28th, 2015 | by Richard Black

Hi my name is Richard Black and I don’t like boys. For the record I don’t have a problem with men who like boys as long as it’s a platonic relationship. I also feel compelled note ... Read More

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