Sunday, March 23, 2014


Overheard this evening:
My fingers are bossed around by my hands, but they don't like it.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A good Idea

Sitting at the breakfast table, Eli brightens up like he's just had a great idea.

Eli: Hey, Dad I bet you'll like this idea. Do you want to get a dog?

Nice try, keep at it, Eli.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Friday, November 08, 2013

Tinnaro Family Holidays

The holidays in the Tinnaro household just got extra awesome. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013


Here's how Eli thought through 15-7 while he was doing it (as a part of a larger subtraction problem) this morning:

15-7 = 7 is 2+5, and 15 is 10+5. So if we remove the 5 from the 7 and the 5 from 15 we have 10-2 which is 8.

While I am sitting next to him, counting it up on my fingers.

Friday, October 11, 2013

D#@$% Birds

Eli asked an interesting question last night...

"What if we could understand what animals say. Like birds. Maybe we wouldn't like bird songs anymore if we knew what they were saying. What if they are saying mean things about us, or cussing?"

I will never hear a cuckoo the same way ever again.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Ana Tobin on Politics

"I love the political season. Those people say terrible things about each other."

Friday, September 27, 2013

For Marie Copeland... 93 years and it still ain't enough.

Early this morning, my dear grandmother Marie Copeland passed away.
93 years old - I got to have her for 42 years of them - and greedily I still feel like it wasn't enough. We love you, Grandma. Thanks for bringing your love, your humor, your strength, your wonder at the natural world to us. Thanks for your love of science, and thank you so much for doing everything you did to foster that same love within me. I very much would not be the man I am without your influence, example, and nurturing.

So thank you.

Saturday, July 06, 2013


Holy moo, 8 years ago Lesley and I were marveling at your chubbly little sleepy face and remarking on how much you looked exactly like a tiny, adorable Emeril Lagasse. And now you're action packed! Wild, loud, and whip-smart (as regularly demonstrated here). Eli loves ANIMALS, particularly his beloved stuffies, and still loves to know how the world works. We're so proud of you.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Footsoldiers in the War on Entropy

A recent Sunday afternoon at the Team Tinnaro world headquarters, and the Tinnaro Family is having our weekly debate on the Philosophy of Cleanliness...
Edison: Dad, why do we have to clean?
Dad: Entropy. Systems in order tend towards disorder, and its our job to battle against entropy. Entropy is why a hot cup of coffee eventually becomes cold. Because of entropy, our house will fall down if we don't maintain it. Entropy causes us to grow old.
(Cue inspiring music - back up kids, dad's on a roll..)
Dad: We clean, children, becuase we are footsoldiers in the war against entropy! We struggle against chaos and destruction! We clean in order to fend off the cold darkness of the grave, and the eventual ruin of our home!
Eli: So why don't we just kill entropy?

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Thor is a Bastard

Edison: Can I play Minecraft?

Dad: No, we're going to take the bikes to the bike store and get a new tire for mom's bike.


Dad: Ooooookay. You can play Minecraft.



UPDATE: OK, so it did rain. I feel better now.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Quote of the day

"I've never smelled a spider fart. I wonder if they fart at all?"-Eli

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Count Off!

Riding bikes with the kids today, I was chastising Edison and Ana Tobin for not replying when I asked them to sound off. I like to know that they're near, and they're listening, and I don't need to hear Eli because... he's still in the trailer. 

Eli had another idea about why I don't need him to count off...

Eli: Dad, I know why I don't have to count off like the other kids.

Dad: Yes? Why is that?

Eli: Because I never stop talking anyway. You always know where I am.