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Reluctantly Putting It All Away At The End of Summer
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Reluctantly Putting It All Away At The End of Summer

It’s over. The fat lady has sung. The dust has most definitely settled. The summer is over. Summertime is a memory now, fading slowly in the dying sunlight. School is on again and the associated paperwork is already taking over every flat surface of my home. The furniture in the […]

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Friday Night With Books and a Mouse

Her mother and sister had already left for their weekend away. They are heading up north. We aren’t pushing back until morning, going south to Virginia for soccer, history and hiking. I showered first and then she got in with a shower cap to continue preserving the dyed color that […]

On Throwing A Very Special Sweet Sixteen Party
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On Throwing A Very Special Sweet Sixteen Party

It would be too easy to blame the walls, to blame the regressive nature of what I swear was a dignified brown paint fifteen years ago, for our lack of entertaining. Over time, that evocative brown became emotionless beige and while we adventure together outside of the house, from Gaudi’s […]

On Finally Feeling Like A Good Dad
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On Finally Feeling Like A Good Dad

Our TV is almost never on. It sits upon a recently stained Ikea buffet, angled slightly and extending a thumb’s length off the edge. It’s a 42″ semi-reflective black mirror for 23 1/2 hours a day, on average. When the television is on, it’s the manicured green grass of European […]

In Not Being There For My Kids This Summer, My Greatest Dad Fear Was Realized
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In Not Being There For My Kids This Summer, My Greatest Dad Fear Was Realized

I had been up for hours already. Threadbare was my body, fueled incompletely throughout the long dark and lonely night by soft serve twists and by ice cold chocolate milk from stainless steels troughs surrounded by the clamoring masses desperately seeking reams of thick cut bacon and other greasy breakfast […]

Not In Any Hurry For Anything Tonight
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Not In Any Hurry For Anything Tonight

She should’ve been in her bed 30 minutes ago. Instead, she’s lying with me atop of mine, beneath a spinning fan pushing unseasonable cool air around the room. She’s chuckling, flopping around from side to side, getting out the evening goofs. Her teal hair are windshield wipers in front of […]

The Importance of Adult Male Friendships and Saying I Love You IRL To Battle Depression
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The Importance of Adult Male Friendships and Saying I Love You IRL To Battle Depression

“Even though we may be surrounded by loved ones, kids and spouses, and chat and tweet with buddies whose little faces pop up on our phone 24/7, it is imperative, for me at least, to hug my friends, to see their smiles light up a room in person, and to […]

The Back To School Checklist
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The Back To School Checklist

Not to be all ‘doomsday clock’ on ya, but…we’re running out of time! Sure, it’s super hip these days for parents to share memes that eagerly count down to the beginning of the school year and we all make quips saying that we can’t wait for school buses to take […]

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