Greatest Hits – Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:11:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Valley’s Light http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/10/19/valleys-light/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/10/19/valleys-light/#comments Wed, 19 Oct 2011 14:56:08 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3314 This morning I drove past the house where she died. The light today is the way it was then, a light that doesn’t warn you how peace comes at a cost this day, how once she’s sleeping she won’t wake again, no matter that she is stronger than little girls are supposed to be, no …

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Nerf war http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/10/09/nerf-war/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/10/09/nerf-war/#comments Sat, 09 Oct 2010 19:58:10 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2728 A gymnasium strewn with upturned tables for barricades, a child-hearted husband and wife instigators of the fracas. Boys with single-shot pistols, automatics, rifles, rocket launchers, gathering to compare armaments. The older ones show the younger how to modify their weapons for greater velocity and range. Foam rounds fall from their pockets and collect around their …

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Previously, on . . . http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/01/18/previously-on/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/01/18/previously-on/#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2010 21:35:31 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2009 The start of a new season of 24 got me thinking about that standard practice television series have of explaining what happened in the previous episode: “Previously, on ____”. Sometimes it’s a little funny because, while of course the particulars are usually quite different, in another sense what happened last week is pretty much what’s …

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A Public Service Announcement http://tonywoodlief.com/2008/02/14/a-public-service-announcement/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2008/02/14/a-public-service-announcement/#comments Thu, 14 Feb 2008 16:17:01 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?p=763 Though not yet an industrial or vacation magnet, we have great hopes for the fine state of Kansas. Newcomers may find themselves perplexed by the local norms and practices of highway driving. Periodically out of the goodness of our own hearts, as well as various court orders and private settlements, the management of this website …

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The Storm http://tonywoodlief.com/2007/03/29/the-storm/ Thu, 29 Mar 2007 13:43:17 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?p=633 The two younger boys crept into our bed in the black morning, driven by a snarling storm. They curled into me, shivering, as if I am a safe harbor. There is no keeping out the storm; this is what I thought. The cool peaceful evenings line themselves up between the vibrant days, and we forget …

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A Whisper http://tonywoodlief.com/2006/10/18/a-whisper/ Wed, 18 Oct 2006 17:57:28 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?p=570 The day after I wrote about the miraculous recovery of Caleb’s goldfish, the damn thing up and died. We had a funeral service in the back yard, beside a tiny redbud sapling. I decided to make it a dual funeral, and include Eli’s goldfish, who died in the middle of the night some weeks before. …

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Three Cowboys http://tonywoodlief.com/2006/06/22/three-cowboys/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2006/06/22/three-cowboys/#comments Thu, 22 Jun 2006 13:17:59 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?p=557 Last night we went to The Prairie Rose Chuckwagon supper, where they feed you brisket, beans, and biscuits until you pop, and then sing cowboy songs. Caleb and Eli went in their cowboy gear: big hats, shooting irons guns strapped to their waists, clippity-cloppity little cowboy boots on their feet. Isaac had no guns, just …

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Cleansing http://tonywoodlief.com/2006/06/06/cleansing/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2006/06/06/cleansing/#comments Tue, 06 Jun 2006 14:44:39 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?p=552 I’m the designated bather in our house. Sure, sometimes the wife has to bring it, but on a daily basis, I’m the go-to guy. Okay, I lied a little. We don’t wash our kids every day. With the onslaught of summer this will have to change. These are some grubby, grimy little babies. I plopped …

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Father of the Year http://tonywoodlief.com/2006/03/27/father-of-the-year/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2006/03/27/father-of-the-year/#comments Tue, 28 Mar 2006 01:45:28 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?p=550 I’m in an air museum with all three boys in tow. The two oldest are seated in the replica cockpit of a helicopter. The youngest and most troublesome is strapped to my back in a contraption designed for children less dense than iridium, which he is not. I am trying to be a good father, …

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Foil Wrappers http://tonywoodlief.com/2005/11/04/foil-wrappers/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2005/11/04/foil-wrappers/#comments Fri, 04 Nov 2005 11:11:34 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?p=529 Isaac discovered there’s candy in those shiny scraps of paper the boys are hoarding. I don’t know if you’ve ever had a toddler new to walking try to run from you, but it is a tragicomic sight: little hips wiggling to get the wary legs to flop faster, arms out like a wader in a …

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