Lewes greeted us with signs declaring its status as the first town in the first state.  It was our first destination for spending more than a few hours on our 2,000 mile road trip, as it’s where my late maternal grandparents-in-law lived when my mother-in-law was young, and since neither my children nor I had ever been there (and since my wife’s grandmother just died a few months ago), my mother-in-law rented a house for all of us plus my sister-in-law and her two sons to stay for…






Ever heard of “summer learning loss“?  It’s what happens to children who get no mental stimulation over the summer, resulting in their falling behind their more summer enriched peers when school starts back in the fall.  Its prevalence goes up the further down the socioeconomic ladder the child is.  Our school-aged children start 3rd grade and kindergarten in a few weeks.  They go to a public school, but it’s in the #2 most affluent zip code in Georgia (Damn, you, Sea Island, and your superior wealth!), and the…