The brilliant folks at Amazon have selected the second essay I posted below to include on my book page. I think they're banking on the marketing power of cuteness. They asked for the photo to go along with it, so I scanned it, and now I'm posting it just about anyplace I can get away with. People like the tie, but in my opinion, it's the plaid pants that make the ensemble work. I gotta give myself some props, though. Even at four years old I knew all the cool detectives had shoulder holsters.