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Snowshoe 2021: Skiing in the Season of COVID

We had predicted a windfall year for snow here since restrictions kept us from our usual skiing places. We were right.

There was no way that COVID was stopping us from getting in our yearly runs. Since West Virginia was the only state that would let us in without quarantine restrictions, the choice was clear – Snowshoe Mountain.

We rented a house for a week and decided to keep doing school and ski around that. While it wasn’t our ideal, we made it work. A great week with sun, melt, sleet and snow. Because of the variety of intermediate runs, we spent the week mostly skiing together. A rare and unusual treat.

Next year – Holiday Valley and Colorado … here we come!!!

History is not just facts and events. History is also a pain in the heart and we repeat history until we are able to make another’s pain in the heart our own.

Professor Julius Lester

Posted in Family, Uncategorized


Li doo de doo. Li dee dee doo.

This was Gramps’ tune.

Always humming or singing. Always smiling.

So much satisfaction for a good, long life. So many memories for all of us.

Fishing and swimming at Mill Dam.

Playing Croquet.

Learning Morse code.

Smushed-face-in-the-glasses-case hugs.

The deliciousness from that amazing garden.

Long, slow rocks on the porch, listening to the waves and breathing in the scents of life.

The battle over the best boiled peanuts in the South.

Savoring that barbecue chicken.

A quintessentially sweet southern grandfather.

But most of all and more than anything – the gift of this amazing Family.

Fralix thanksgiving 2018
Thanksgiving 2018

What a blessing to be a Fralix.

The bond that unites us. Ties that withstand and transcend time and distance.

We’ve weathered the ups and downs. The differences that make us human – that can divide or unite.

And we are still here. Together. To celebrate and to mourn.


No matter what, no matter where.

We all know it. Without question.

And we all live it. Each in our own way. We have translated these lessons into our own lives and our own families.

Being Fralix.

We are so lucky. Not only to have known you as Dad and Gramps but to have been blessed to be a part of all that you created.

Thank you Gramps. For the memories that bond us and the love that makes us Fralix.

Until we meet again.

Li do dee do. Lie dee dee doo ….


We often spend so much time chasing the extraordinary moments that we miss out on the ordinary moments – the ones that if taken away, we’d miss more than anything.

– from Brene Brown’s “The Call to Courage”

Posted in Books, Teenagers


It was deep.

It was weird.

It was much better performed than what I expected.

It was … Anonymous.

Our first real youth play. As part of his acting class at the local theater, Braden was part of the cast of this modern tale based on the Odyssey. I’ll give you a moment to put those together in your mind.

The Odyssey.





Here’s a summary:

Separated from his mother, a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people — some kind, some dangerous and cruel — as he searches for his family. From a sinister one-eyed butcher to beguiling barflies to a sweatshop, Anon must navigate through a chaotic, ever-changing landscape in this entrancing adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey.

Originally he was only meant to be the owner of the sweatshop, but the one-eyed butcher quit, so he took over that part as well.

I spliced together the clips I took of both of his parts … and I’m sharing it here for your enjoyment (I’m also not allowed to share to social media lest I incur the wrath of the 15-year-old).

Grab yo’ popcorn and have a seat ….

(also please note that the first few frames start out sideways and the rest runs correctly. amateur mom video footage here.)

What’d ya think? Academy Awards material?