Snapshots of Life – Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Sat, 20 May 2017 00:31:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Dance For Your Life http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/07/03/dance-for-your-life/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/07/03/dance-for-your-life/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:42:19 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4638 The thing is, I lied about being able to dance when I was courting my wife. How often do people dance any more? Sure, people put on some kind of godawful thumping tribal ritual-sacrifice music and grind up against each other, but that’s not dancing. Nobody dances any more, right? Until there’s a dance, to …

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Lessons http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/11/23/lessons/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/11/23/lessons/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2011 22:45:26 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3326 “Dad,” asks Isaac, “do you think it was disrespectful of you to leave the music playing while we prayed?” “I guess so. I’m sorry. God will forgive me.” I notice the boy is wearing a big triangular colonial soldier hat. “Do you think it was disrespectful for you to wear that hat while we prayed?” Isaac …

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The New Boy Scout http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/11/11/the-new-boy-scout/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/11/11/the-new-boy-scout/#comments Fri, 11 Nov 2011 14:09:30 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3320 The thing with my 11 year-old Caleb joining Boy Scouts is that finally I can learn how to tie a sheepshank knot, and start a fire using only a fork and dental floss, and how to evade bears, and all the other stuff that I never learned how to do, never having been a Scout …

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One vowel can make a big difference http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/06/04/one-vowel-can-make-a-big-difference/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/06/04/one-vowel-can-make-a-big-difference/#comments Sat, 04 Jun 2011 16:14:42 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3288 Yesterday it was just me and my three year-old, Isaiah John. We were cruising down the road in my truck, past bars and tattoo parlors. Yes, there are tattoo parlors in Wichita. The sun was out, the wind was blowing, and we didn’t have anywhere to be for a couple of hours. It’s times like …

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The good in them http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/04/10/the-good-in-them/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/04/10/the-good-in-them/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2011 04:38:33 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3264 I didn’t mean to be gone this long; the hours piled up into days and then weeks, and once again I was a negligent blogger. Sometimes I think there should be a social services hotline for blogs, to have them removed from the homes of people like me. I’m talking about people who let our …

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Houston, we have a problem http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/02/11/houston-we-have-a-problem/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/02/11/houston-we-have-a-problem/#comments Fri, 11 Feb 2011 15:10:37 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3242 You know you’ve been flying too much when you sleep through the better part of an in-flight emergency. It wasn’t the exclamations of my fellow passengers that stirred me from my takeoff doze, so much as the sense that what had been a lifting sensation was now most definitely a sinking sensation. And most of …

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Fierce-hearted gifts http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/01/29/fierce-hearted-gifts/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/01/29/fierce-hearted-gifts/#comments Sun, 30 Jan 2011 02:31:57 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3234 As is true of anyone who is long on love and short on cash, Isaac likes to find things around the house, wrap them up in scrap paper, and give them to people. Tonight at dinner he gave me a present wrapped in old construction paper and about a half-mile of tape. The words “I …

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The heart’s health http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/01/22/the-hearts-health/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/01/22/the-hearts-health/#comments Sat, 22 Jan 2011 19:08:00 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3216 I’m trying to do sit-ups. I’m inhibited by three year-old Isaiah, who has crawled onto my chest and put his warm face against my neck. He’s crying in frustration with a shirt that he can’t seem to make fit right, but which he resists letting anyone help him with. I wrap my arms around him. …

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On the giving of thanks, stomach viruses, and giant Christmas ornaments http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/11/26/on-the-giving-of-thanks-stomach-viruses-and-giant-christmas-ornaments/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/11/26/on-the-giving-of-thanks-stomach-viruses-and-giant-christmas-ornaments/#comments Fri, 26 Nov 2010 17:40:11 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3087 Yesterday we cooked and cooked and cooked, and ate and ate and ate, and it was delightful, even the cheesy squash casserole that makes my children instinctively gag just from looking at it. Especially the squash casserole, you little ingrates. My friend Johnny Utah, newly paroled, spent Thanksgiving with us. In order to make up …

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This is why old people are deaf http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/11/23/this-is-why-old-people-are-deaf/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/11/23/this-is-why-old-people-are-deaf/#comments Wed, 24 Nov 2010 02:47:49 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3081 Me to Isaiah: “Go tell your brothers to put on their pajamas and come down for a story.” Isaiah, without taking a single step: “BRUDDERS!!!! PUT ON YOU PAJAMAS AND COME DOWN FOR A STORY!!!!!!” Oh yeah, definitely getting out the whiskey once everyone’s in bed.

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