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Vi Chronicles: Peggy Lou was NOT a very good babysitter – Part II

You may recall that my sister, Peggy-Lou, had the child care skills of a hungry, one-eyed crocodile.  A couple years later, she hadn’t improved, as I will demonstrate below. This time we were living at a campground in Maine while my step-dad completed some masonry work for the owners.  I remember three things about the place:  First, the…

Vi Chronicles: I Found This Bunny For You

Vi lived in the moment, and in all those moments she lived, her goal was to have a good time as often as possible.  On Fridays, this generally involved an evening at the local Amvets, feeding quarters into the slot machines and sipping sombreros made of Allen’s Coffee Brandy and milk.  When the bar closed,…

If I Hadn’t Been So Focused on Becoming the First Taylor Swift, I Might Have Invented the Internet

When I was 13 and firmly in the clutches of that ultimate mean girl, puberty, I discovered poetry. Months were spent producing emo ballads exploring my obsessive crushes on various high school seniors, pop stars, and, bewilderingly, MacGyver.  It eventually occurred to me, probably during a lucid dream also involving a Maxfield Parrish painting and a…

Vi Chronicles: Shut up Peanut

Uncle Ken was Tee’s husband and CCool’s father.  He didn’t talk a lot unless the subject  was something that interested him.  Then he could talk the ears off a rabbit. He loved the outdoors.. Outdoor enthusiasts are typically beloved by kids because they are more adventurous than other adults. They innately understand that taking a…

The Vi Chronicles: Peggy-Lou Was NOT a Very Good Baby-Sitter

One night my mother went out and left Peggy-Lou in charge.  Peggy was our big sister, third oldest out of seven.  She was ten years older than me and seven years older than my brother, Victor.  That night, Peggy had an excellent idea. She was full of good ideas, Peggy Lou was. She decided we…

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