Author Archives: Meredith M. Temple

About Meredith M. Temple

I'm a full-grown child of the 1970's and 80's now making good on the detail that consistently appeared in my childhood vision of my adult life. I'm writing for pleasure, but now am doing it by blog rather than (or in addition to) the emails, notes and essays I have written for years just because it feels like breathing to me. I'm a full-time worker outside the home, and an all-the-time wife and mom of two boys, 9 and 14 years old. As such I throw a lot of footballs, shoot a lot of hoops, deliver a lot of lectures, swear more than I ought to, thank a lot of teachers and coach a few teams. If I'm your friend, neighbor, coworker or the person you met at the park, I am probably the one whose story was a bit too long, though hopefully entertaining. Remember, I'm happy to return the favor. I do love a good story, and I don't just mean my own.

Communication Error

Calling all voices. More! More! Especially yours. Not yours. There’s much to discuss. To learn.   It’s my turn to speak. Listen. I’m sharing my thoughts. And I Plan to speak for you Some more.   I’ve said it so … Continue reading

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Clear Vision and Right Vision

Experience can be very convincing. How many times did you consider touching that hot stove after your first experience of its extreme heat on your bare hand? Fortunately, the immediate lesson is of great value in shaping your approach the next time … Continue reading

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Not Just Another Target (Back) Story

Life’s curious moments don’t always come with a back story. Unfortunately that does not quench my thirst for one. There are just some things in life that need supplemental narrative, and I frequently–and without effort–produce this when it doesn’t avail … Continue reading

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Back to our Future: Marriage between Hot Tang and High-Altitude Porn

Right now we are driving, as a family foursome, to the Colorado Rocky Mountains. At fourteen hours it’s an easy drive, but long enough to require governance by our family’s road trip manual. This includes a rule that addresses bathroom attempts by both kids … Continue reading

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“-dom” or “-dumb”(er)? The State of Being a Teen… Chapter 13: The Hunt for the Red Hat

I’ve mentioned that I have this kid, the thirteener who is soon to be a fourteener, named Ryan. Well, this guy, Ry, has a Dickensian effect on our home. He brings us the best of times and the worst of … Continue reading

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Must Mirrors and Friends be Parallel? My Reply is No.

One of Zach’s friends got dropped off at our house this morning before school. I had forgotten he was coming over since the plan had happened in a quick text exchange with his mom while I was between sessions at an event last night. … Continue reading

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Pretty Girl? Depends.

It’s been a funny day. I’ve had the usual breadth of topics on my mind, building thoughts, plans, actions, jokes, questions, and Google searches on all of the following (and more): Dog adoption Jobs, career and job search Human puberty Dog puberty Sustainability of … Continue reading

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Zach Temple, 9, Considers Running for “something like” Mayor

Tuesday was election day. Our local ballot featured an array of races and questions for consideration, including a school funding referendum, judge and school board races, and even a state constitutional amendment. But Zach, age 9, was focused on the Mayoral election.  Practically first thing in … Continue reading

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Bracket Pool Organizers of Yesteryear: Do you Remember…?

Were you ever a tournament bracket pool organizer in the days that predated online bracket managers? It was a different animal back then when it was all done on paper. Pool organizers had their work cut out for them! They … Continue reading

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Greatest Matchups Not Seen in Brackets: A Washed-up Superfan Explores the Madness of March Decisions

Oh, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, what you do to me. The calculations that you make me do. Not probability of wins or losses, although there’s that as well. But you put me in a position to calculate the … Continue reading

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