Marvel and Me

Flying superhero.

Many Americans had fictional childhood heroes, and those characters often came from the world of comic books. Characters such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman have ranked among the most popular fictional characters for decades and captured the imagination of many. However, despite their preeminence in American culture, they never captured my youthful imagination, and here are the reasons why. Continue reading

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The Kitten

Cute kitty!

It was supposed to be a pleasant summertime Saturday in a time when the Viverette family consisted of just me, my wife, and our two young sons.  We decided to take an all-day trip by car into upstate New York for no other reason than to get out of the city for some decent family time on the road.  My wife tended to the boys’ needs—bathing, clothing, and “Use the bathroom now so we don’t have to use any of those filthy roadside toilets on the way up!”—while I readied drinks and sandwiches for the trip. I was filled with “it’s time to be a good daddy” enthusiasm and walked to the rear of our driveway where the family car, a burgundy Oldsmobile Delta ’88, was parked. Continue reading