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What Happened When My Computer Caught a Virus (or, a Pioneer Life Thrust Upon Me)

My computer caught a virus a few weeks ago – a nasty one that pretended to be antivirus software, continually opened windows and pop-ups, and which directed any web browsing to discount Taiwanese shopping sites. I turned the computer off once it started loaded some kind of porn onto my desktop. When I took it [...]

Children’s Book of the Week: Henny Penny

Henny Penny, retold and illustrated by Jane Wattenberg This book just cracks me up. It’s one of those that I wasn’t sure would translate into kid heads, but they think it’s as funny as I do. You may better know Jane Wattenberg as Mrs. Mustard, she of Mrs. Mustard’s Baby Faces (that book that everyone [...]

Children’s Book of the Week: Here Comes the Garbage Barge!

Here Comes the Garbage Barge! by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Red Nose Studio This is my Earth Day book pick. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but it has really grown on me (it’s one of those books that has been helped rather than hurt by the fact that Eli wants it read to [...]

Children’s Book of the Week: The Loathsome Dragon

The Loathsome Dragon, retold by David Wiesner and Kim Kahng, illustrated by David Wiesner I thought by now we’d checked all the David Wiesner books out of the library, but little did I know that there were more. I found this one while I was wandering in the fables section (ok, and I realize now [...]

Julie’s computer offline for a week

This is Julie’s mom, her computer has been infected by a virus.  She has no access to a computer for 5-7 days. addthis_url = ‘′; addthis_title = ‘Julie%26%238217%3Bs+computer+offline+for+a+week’; addthis_pub = ”;

Your Weekly Zuzu

Quintessential Zu: chocolate all over her face, boy sweater, hat, necklace. Also the hat nicely shows off the That Girl flip she gets going most days: addthis_url = ‘′; addthis_title = ‘Your+Weekly+Zuzu’; addthis_pub = ”;

Children’s Book of the Week: Ancient Egypt Drawing Book

Ancient Egypt Drawing Book by Ralph Masiello Henry is all about Egypt these days, and I’m all about getting Henry to focus more and put more detail into his drawings, so this book happily satisfies both of us. There are all the classic Egypt icons — pyramids, eye of Horus, Egyptian gods — as well [...]


Zuzu still doesn’t say much in the way of real words, but she has added “Mama!” Or, I should say, “Mamamamamama!” said in an annoying nasal semi-whine. It’s definitely enough to spring me out of bed at 3 a.m. It’s also making us wonder if she’s going to talk like Fran Drescher when she does [...]

Triumphant Return of DRIVE BY PRESS

Remember Eli and his most awesome Mexican wrestler shirt? Now you have another chance to get your own! This Friday (tomorrow, April 2) at MECA, from 5-8 p.m., in front of the Porteous Building at 522 Congress Street. Here’s the poster, featuring Eli! Thanks, Adriane! addthis_url = ‘′; addthis_title = ‘Triumphant+Return+of+DRIVE+BY+PRESS’; addthis_pub = ”;

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