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Little Lessons in Gratitude and Appreciating More Than What’s Directly In Front Of You
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Little Lessons in Gratitude and Appreciating More Than What’s Directly In Front Of You

It was our second-ever Frank Turner concert and the English frontman did the same thing on both occasions. Something 99.9% of bands don’t think to do. At some point near the middle of his passionate, blistering punk-folk sets, Turner paused above a steady but subdued back beat to show gratitude, […]

How To Avoid Flu-Induced FOMO
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How To Avoid Flu-Induced FOMO

Last Christmas I gave you my heart, but the very next day you threw up everything into the toilet. Hold up, hold up right there: that’s not at all how the song goes. As bad as that tune is, and let’s not mince words, it is T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E, I’ve somehow managed […]

The Best Of What We Can Be, Together
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The Best Of What We Can Be, Together

There’s a woman on stage. She’s not as young as she used to be, who is?, and yet her snarl persists, this in spite of having been softened by time and age and the experience of shedding skin to become something new. Familiar but new. Parenthood can’t help but do […]

The Incentive To Demystify Healthcare
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The Incentive To Demystify Healthcare

Every year something changed and so, every year we had to re-enroll and make brand new or validate prior choices regarding our healthcare coverage. I’d then spend the next 12 months fumbling through the differences between co-pay and deductible, max limits, preventative versus sick visits and dreading needing to go […]

How This Dad Found Common Ground and Formed Long Lasting Bonds With His Daughters
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How This Dad Found Common Ground and Formed Long Lasting Bonds With His Daughters

When they are tiny, wide-eyed, impressionable creatures we prop them up onto our bellies while we do, and bear witness to, the things we love most in life. In a flash, they are then in our arms while we read, on our shoulders while we cheer, and hand in hand […]

We March On
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We March On

A perfect one-two punch in the air presented itself to my wife and I last week to mourn, scream and protest an unpresidented situation in America. On Friday night, Frank Turner spit truth to power on stage at The Fillmore, leaving us full-throated and raspy voiced by the end of […]

Date Night at the Steakhouse Inside Our House
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Date Night at the Steakhouse Inside Our House

It was an otherwise standard issue weeknight. The girls had unpacked their lunchboxes without reminder and plopped their water bottles into the fridge (with a gentle nudge — always needing a gentle nudge), then slid out their homework sheets and slid into their high-top stools at the kitchen island. I […]

Keeping It Simple for 21 Days
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Keeping It Simple for 21 Days

Ever since the popular writer Malcolm Gladwell opined his 10,000-hour rule in Outliers, that very denomination of deliberate practice to excel in a field and become an expert in any profession has become part and parcel of our culture, but did you know that habits form in a much shorter […]

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