October 2007



Today marked Max’s first Halloween, and he was ready to celebrate the spooky holiday! (more…)


For Max’s first Halloween, I found this adorable little pumpkin costume from The Children’s Place. I know, I know, a pumpkin isn’t very original, but it was insulated and when I was at the store I thought that he would look very cute in it.

What I wasn’t counting on, however, was the amount of tears that a costume fitting would generate from a little baby. I had tried the costume on him about two weeks before, without much success, so I wanted to try it on him again the day before Halloween to get him used to it.

Here was the result. (more…)

… note that now that Val and I have discovered the “date/time stamp” function on wordpress — you may or may not have noticed that some new Maxwell blog entries have popped up, but not chronically from the date of posting.

This is because the pictures are dated from the time they were taken, so if you frequent the site for the latest in all things Maxwell Steele, make sure to view it by the “Baby Pooter” tag on the side near the column that appropriately says “Organized Chaos”. Otherwise you may miss a Max article or two while we catch up our blog with our little one’s blogospherography.

And the “Maxwell’s House” page has also been updated with new visitors… check it out if you haven’t seen it in a while!

Apologies if that’s confusing… 😕

Iron Fist

First of all, don’t do what my subconscious did and miss the ‘t’ in immortal on the first read.
Otherwise you get a twisted and amusingly but VERY different idea of what this book is about. 😉

Imagine taking a B-list Marvel Hero with a 70s kung-fu past, but add a dash of the recent pop culture craze of Kill Bill and the Matrix and lastly, get some up-and-coming Spanish comic-book artist to draw it.

In the past — the 1970s backstory given to this hero in the past was rather flat – namely, orphaned kid learns magic kung-fu in a Shangri-La setting and then ends up in New York — imagine expanding that to a legacy of over sixty individuals over the history of man and then telling their stories in addition to his…

That’s a good start. I’m really digging the storyline and the art, plus the writer combination of Ed Brubaker (the writer that recently killed off Captain America) and Matt Fraction throw the occasional bone to the old school Power Man and Iron Fist fans by including Luke Cage, Jervyn, and the Daughters of the Dragon as backup cast.

So far – only nine issues and an annual are out, and I gotta say — the writing made me interested in this character when he’s only been a second or third stringer in my mind beforehand, so it’s a good read.  Make sure to read/borrow/steal/purchase a copy of this book which has the first six issues in it to get an idea if this is your sort of thing.

And if that doesn’t grab ya, well, I’m not sure why you’d be reading this article anyway. 😉

Also read:  Essential Marvel Two In One, Volume Two — finished it, and I gotta say — there’s nothing in here that screams “gotta write on the blog about it” (and oops… did it anyways!)… It’s the Thing teaming up with various other characters in the Marvel comic universe… whoo hoo.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been propping Max up against pillows to prepare him for the day that he will finally be able to sit up.

He seemed to like sitting in the curve of the L-shaped nursing pillow that I used when he was a teeny-tiny baby (but now he’s too big to fit on it comfortably during feedings).




I’m on the Board of Directors for Likha, a well-known and highly respected Pilipino Folk Arts Ensemble based in the Bay Area.

On October 20, Likha had its 15th anniversary show at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. We weren’t able to attend the show because of the baby, but we were able to go to the pre-show reception. We also want to congratulate everyone in the company on a job well done!


The performers and staff are amazing at what they do. I’m really hoping that Max will take an interest in Filipino performing arts, and that we’ll be able to enroll him in either their dance or music classes when he’s older.

(And then he’ll attend UCLA and be in Samahang Pilipino’s Cultural Night as either the Singkil prince or the suitor who gets the girl in Paseo de Iloilo. And his daddy and I will sit in the audience, welling up with pride for our son with the mad dance skills…)

For more information about Likha, please visit them online at www.likha.org

Don’t you just want to pinch those adorable little angel cheeks!

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And I’m going to hit you with one more!

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