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What to do about those pesky boxelder bugs

I’m wondering if anyone else out there has noticed anything suspicious about the bugs around their house lately. The word “bug” is a scientific term biologists use to combine two species:

The Family of Animals That You Can Kill With A Rolled Up Magazine, and The Family Of Animals That Are Too Quick For That.

I ask because the bugs I’ve seen have definitely become more aggressive in their pursuit to GET INTO MY HOUSE. This makes me nervous. Having just thrown away a Kleenex full of squished box elder bugs, my wife laments because, somehow, she’s missed one.

Then another one.

Then another one.

They just keep appearing.

Sometimes my children react strongly when a box elder bug flies near or lands on them.

Being the man of the house, I feel somewhat responsible to do what I can to help—especially after learning that pointing and saying, “Oh, there’s another one,” or, “Maybe a vacuum would work better,” wasn’t an effective approach.


It’s 15 Degrees, The Furnace is Broken—It’s Go Time!

“Something’s wrong.”

I’m not a high stakes gambler. I’ve never made or lost millions in business. Never fought in a foreign war (hell, never even been in a fist fight). I’m not a superstar anything. Don’t drive fast cars, drink, mess around with either women or drugs.

So how do I know I’m alive? I’ll tell you how.

Domestic emergencies.


Teacher Tools: Suddenly Grammar is Fun? C’mon. No Way.


Thanks to Mrs. Chili, a junior college English teacher who, interestingly, seems to have the same sorts of challenges that I have as an 8th grade teacher. Talk about “things that make you go hmmm. . . ”

Anyway, she shares this cool web site, where you can spend hours playing language related games, including one called Grammar Ninja.

I’m glad I checked it out at home though. Our school web filter is blocking access to it. I guess I’m going to have to get with our tech guy here before I schedule any class time in the lab.

I’m telling you, this is gold for 8th graders.