2021 in the sand

Looking Back on 2020

I’ve been writing year-end retrospectives for seven years as a kind of exercise to help me process, but also as something to leave for posterity. I started at the end of 2013, which I characterized as a “good year.” It would be... [Continue Reading]

Raising the Betts #081: Merry Christmas

This week, it’s Merry Christmas from the Betts! It’s a low-key, stay-at-home Christmas this year and the Betts have experienced the sacraments, opened the gifts, eaten all the food, and watched the Christmas movies, including showing Home... [Continue Reading]

Meat sauce over pasta

Recipe: Sunday Gravy

I wrote last week about introducing my kids to Sicilian Sunday Gravy, the Sicilian-American pasta sauce that so many of us grew being served to us by our nonnas. I had a mild revolt when I didn’t include a recipe, which in my defense I... [Continue Reading]

US Air Force fighter jet concept art

A Real Space Force?

Bear with me. I don’t think it’s the months of forced isolation talking, but you never know. I also acknowledge that I co-host a podcast focused on mysterious happenings, including UFO sightings, although we try to remain focused and... [Continue Reading]

Raising the Betts #79: Slingshot

Scout day! This week, Dom and some of the Betts spend the day in the great outdoors doing Scouting, while Melanie and Lucia spend the day making Santa Lucia treats. Plus latkes for Hannukah, Ready Player Two final review, Melanie catching up on Star... [Continue Reading]