Archive / October, 2011

HALLOWEEN TALE OF HORROR AND PUMPKINS

By NORMAN M. COVERT

(FREDERICK, Md.) – This Halloween story is a cross between Linus waiting for The Great Pumpkin and Seymour, the flesh eating monster plant from the movie, “Little Shop of Horrors.” The subject of this tale has captured the curiosity of the neighborhood and boasts monster pumpkins from the Seymouresque tendrils threatening the Japanese maple.

It would appear The Great Pumpkin has already arrived fulfilling Charles Shulz’s cartoon expectations minus the toys. This is perfect Halloween decoration.

It all begins in Mrs. Rabideau’s first grade class at our Orchard Grove Elementary School last May. Grandson Nicholas was agog at the possibilities of his teacher’s science experiment seeking answers to which medium might be best for growing fertile seeds.… Read More

BABIES, BASSINETS & BASEMENTS

By Norman M. Covert

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) collective wisdom may result in saving a lot of infants’ lives, and that’s a good thing, but it also means I’m stuck with:

1. A bassinet that rocks; 2. A 41-year-old Port-a-crib™; 3. A drop-side full-sized crib; and 4. A Yuppie’s-dream solid oak crib, which converts to a youth bed.

No one wants the nostalgic and emotionally-connected items, especially not the Childrens Center in Washington, the local Good Will Industries, Vietnam Veterans of America, nor any other organization that clamors for the leftovers in my garage and basement.… Read More