Posts by Bussman

Running and Drumming. . . . “The Beat Goes On”

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Running and Drumming. . . . “The Beat Goes On”

I enjoy running.  A great marathoner and cross country runner, I am not.  But I am a general enthusiast who will run an occasional 5k race and has aspirations to train for longer events. I lack rhythm.  After roughly nine years of piano lessons, recitals and competitions, one would think that enough practice would generate some level of inherent beat.  Alas, my wife and I have wisely chosen to forgo dancing because the only way I avoid stepping on her toes involves a continual tap, tap, tap on my shoulders. Our family likes to do things together.  Well, really our boys don’t have much...

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“We Don’t Play Like That!!” (but some of us do. . . . )

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

“We Don’t Play Like That!!”  (but some of us do. . . . )

“We don’t play like that in my family,” Kelly exclaimed in the midst of a late night card game with me, my parents and my grandmother, affectionately called Mama. Late night card games sitting around the kitchen table at Mama’s lake house.  Moonlight  cascaded over the calm, quiet waters and seemed a stark contrast to the card games inside.  Not only had the grandkids played games for years, but almost every boyfriend or girlfriend had been initiated to the process as well.  It was tradition. Mama didn’t miss a beat, “Don’t play like what?” “We aren’t allowed to gang up on people during...

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Runaway Tractor

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Runaway Tractor

Silently determined.  Two very apt words to describe Papa.  Of course “pop” psychology would label it passive aggressive, but no official medical degrees exist in this household so we can pick whatever words we want. Infatuated with tractors. . . Another key description of my father and vital for this story.  In fact, many of my best memories of dad center around a tractor.  Standing on the side of the old Ford 2000 while we moved hay bales, riding on his lap on the Gravely mowing the family yard, or merely both of us riding in the truck pulling lawn mowers for the next job on the list....

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Three Layers Deep. . . .

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Three Layers Deep. . . .

For the past decade, our family has been living three layers deep.  A throwback to the Walton’s television series that depicts three generations under one roof.  Since the Great Recession of 2008 – 2009, this method of living has increased.  We caught this trend well before it picked up steam. Our three layers represent my parents, my wife and I, and our five boys.  Nine people living in the same house.  Cultural standards of the early 21st century would state that anything over five people in a suburban household goes above the “normal” code. . . .and we almost double that stat! ...

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