Happy newborn daughter

We have a calm, happy daughter. Not sure how we got so lucky. Ramona Mira is now six days old. This is her big smile, while wearing her star suit yesterday.

See Flickr for more photos of Ramona from my wife and me.

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My daughter, Ramona

My wife Heidi and I are excited to announce the birth of our daughter. Ramona Mira Cavalier was born on August 5, 2013 at 4:36 a.m., weighing 8 lbs. 8 oz. and measuring 19.5 inches.

It was a 37-hour labor, but in the end she was born after only eight pushes over eight minutes. Ramona held [...]

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Cavalier holiday card 2012

Two days after arriving home from 40 days in Europe, Heidi and I were married at our house in Oregon on November 11. In celebration of our legal union, it seemed like a fun idea to start the tradition of designing a holiday art card each year to send to family and friends.
This year’s Cavalier [...]

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A war on Saturn’s return?

About two weeks ago, my girlfriend was playing with a Saturn return calculator and contemplating the impact of celestial bodies, specifically Saturn, on her life. A Saturnian year takes roughly 30 Earth years. In astrology, the Saturn return is an alleged phenomenon that influences a person’s life development at around 29-year intervals.
A magic realism tangent
Because [...]

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Magical books I read in October 2011

If I look back and think about the most memorable, inspiring pieces of literature I consumed last month, four books clearly come to mind. Each one explores parallel realities (or supernatural realms) and the magical creatures and animals that inhabit these universes. Naturally, three of the books were written for children.

The first two are out-of-print [...]

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Lazy man’s Thanksgiving dinner for two

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, now is an excellent time to share my official lazy (read: efficient) man’s Thanksgiving dinner for two (on a budget). It works for Christmas dinner too!
Aren’t able to get home to see the family this year? Don’t really want to leave the house? Too busy to spend all day [...]

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Genealogy of music (and the Skeksis departed)

I really enjoy seeing artists’ renditions of the genealogies (or family trees) of music, specifically rock music. Last year I bought a vintage t-shirt on eBay that shows a rock & roll family tree, starting with Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, and Louis Armstrong and progressing up the trunk to the outer branches of popular late 1980s [...]

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Body Worlds 3 at OMSI (plus Newport dining)

The past couple of weeks have been filled with regional tennis tournaments and traveling. What’s been great is that the weather in the Willamette Valley this summer (so far) has been very cool and mild. It’s been much more pleasant than last summer (and apparently most of the rest of the country).
I had family [...]

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Adventures in waffle-making **

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Baby is a skeksis **

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