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My Daughters, My Teachers

It happened twice over the course of one week. Both times my wife told me that she needed to talk to me, that preface that almost never means an enjoyable conversation is to follow. Our daughters had approached her – … Continue reading

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Casting My Vote

I’ve spent the last few years changing directions politically. I have always been a pretty heavy left leaner, always identifying myself as a liberal even though I rarely personally identified with the Democrats, the de facto liberal party. In my … Continue reading

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Of Hearts Yet to Be Broken

With the music helping your old parents shake the sleep out of our heads, you girls dance like you’re supposed to – fully, freely, with everything. You dance like little girls who feel the rhythm completely, even if you can’t … Continue reading

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Let’s Pretend My Brain Isn’t Tapioca Pudding

It starts so simply with four little words that conjure up big images of idealized family life like in a Rockwell painting or an ad for Lipitor. “Play with us, daddy.” I have burned through many a sentence fragment whining … Continue reading

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Innocence Forgotten

“…trading magic for fact, no trade-backs. so this is what it’s like to be an adult. If he only knew now what he knew then.” I’m Open – Pearl Jam I found some feathers out on the back porch today. … Continue reading

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The First Day

We stood looking through the window for quite a while. Without any words between us, we watched her move through her new environment. Her steps were still and quiet. Her eyes seemed to be devouring all that was around her. … Continue reading

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Through the Storms

Breathe. Soften your face. Relax your jaw. Stay quiet. Don’t waiver. And breathe. Sometimes I can barely remember this, let alone carry it out when I am faced with the full fury or unabashed defiance of my 3 and 4 … Continue reading

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Learning From Games

Games are fun. At least that’s the way I remember them. I loved games growing up. Checkers, Connect Four, Battleship, Chutes and Ladders, Clue. Even Monopoly and all of the frenzied, mini-capitalist tantrums that it begat. Loved ‘em. Even as … Continue reading

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That’s How They Don’t Roll

I carry Big Wheels. Not exactly what I envisioned fatherhood to be like, then again there isn’t much about fatherhood that you can accurately envision before it really happens. It’d be like trying to picture what college is going to … Continue reading

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Judgment and the Shopping Cart Rodeo

One of the great things about this whole dad gig is the almost forced introspection. Well, that and getting to play with Legos as an adult without having been committed, but the introspection is nice. It’s like a built in … Continue reading

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