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We were beat tired. Tired like the punchlines from her kid sister’s joke book. The two of us, dad and daughter. We’d completely run out of steam. After a long night and early morning of driving… After 75 minutes of hurling ourselves around a frozen curling court… After hours spent […]

Fake Baking in Seattle with zulily
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Fake Baking in Seattle with zulily

Rosewater spray, an ocean of wavy dark brown curls and eyelashes with more drama than a contrived soap opera actress. All real. A stiff as starch white button up shirt, two dresses and one denim vest. All real. Hysterical laughter, pink frosting on noses, and dad and daughter memories that […]

The Perfect Gifts For An Uncommon Father’s Day
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The Perfect Gifts For An Uncommon Father’s Day

I like to reciprocate, always. In fact, acts of service and gift giving are my love languages. It’s how I demonstrate love and affection for others. My yearning to give and to give back is true on Father’s Day too. Father’s Day is a day that is, by definition, carved […]

What I’ve Learned About Parenting By Parenting Tweens
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What I’ve Learned About Parenting By Parenting Tweens

There’s a graduation party for every grade now. A child “graduates” from Pre-K to Kindergarten. Then, a short 12 months later, there’s yet another ceremony to honor that illustrious year of building with blocks and inner ear infection co-pays. Some schools are also audacious enough to squeeze in a couple […]

Time Travel With A Rad 80’s Pizza Party
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Time Travel With A Rad 80’s Pizza Party

Whatever it means to be normal child, I’m pretty darn sure I wasn’t one. Some kids visualize hitting a 9th inning home run with the count full to win the World Series in walk off fashion. I longed to tend lovingly to the needs of my guests during a busy […]

A Lock of Love on Mother’s Day with DIYZ
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A Lock of Love on Mother’s Day with DIYZ

This project and story have been sponsored by the DIYZ® app. All opinions are honest and unbiased, as always. There has been a house key stuck in the lock of our back door since the end of winter’s cruel chill. I’ve wiggled. I’ve shook. I even begged on my knees. […]

On A Bus To Baltimore
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On A Bus To Baltimore

California. England. Mexico. I’ve been a good distance from her, but that’s different of course. Regardless of where I was, who I was with or how little sleep I was getting while there, I knew the kid was at home or at school. I knew that she was safe. And […]

Memories of a Good Sleep
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Memories of a Good Sleep

My best sleep memories as a dad were the mid-day naps I’d take with my youngest daughter six, seven and eight years ago. Her older sister had started full day kindergarten, leaving just the two of us and our sleepy orange tabby cat at home every day. After lunch, after […]

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