We Played in the Snow…

The kids and I all kind of kidnapped each other and drove about seven hours away so we could play in the snow. We’ve needed to play. We even needed a seven hour car trip together. Truthfully, I don’t remember the last time we were all in the same car that long. Sitting 3′ apart from the people you love…

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We Ate Well…

  among many other things. But over the Christmas holidays, while all three kids were home, we ate well. And that, for me, is a big deal. Cooking is not my strength. I’m more likely to find myself at 5:48 in the afternoon thinking, “Crap, I forgot about feeding all these mouths in the house.” It just doesn’t really matter…

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Why I Believe

(This is one of my favorite stories from my book, “Bobblehead Dad” 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew.” I hope you enjoy!) It was our last Christmas in North Carolina. My son, Kevin, was eight and my daughter, Wallis, was five. That would make my youngest, Drew, a one-year-old just mastering the art of walking. It was the week…

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“Maya” Holiday Aha

This was going to be my December to get on top of all the year-end, holiday tasks. I was determined to tackle all those to-do things methodically and with the precision of a surgeon’s hand. On top of that list was putting up my outside Christmas holiday lights. Now, my light display is pretty simple. It involves one tree by…

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Light of My Life

This is a story of a dad, a majestic evergreen, and the love that brought them together. I’ve had an on-going love affair with one particular Christmas tree for a long time. We met innocently years ago – a chance meeting. It was a cold, crisp December night and I was on my way home from a holiday party –…

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Automatische Wasser Mausefalle (A read-out-loud belly laugh)

(Automatic Water-operated Mouse Trap) I recently found this in an old box of college junk. This used to make me belly laugh to tears back in my younger years. The trick? Get another person to read it out loud to you. Direction: 1. Make full der can (H) mit wasser and locken in mit Pin. 2. Und der cheese goes…

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The Legacy of Dad and His Norelco

During the month of November, the “Movember” movement is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on men’s faces around the world. With their Mos, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, including prostate and testicular cancer. If you think growing facial hair is a follicly fickle thing for a guy to do, read on. The moment I…

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The Grading Game

Mistake number one was turning to my high school son for a suggestion about a topic to write on. “Um, write about grades, Dad,” he tossed out. “What? You want me to write about your grades?” I responded confused. Surely he didn’t want me to go into detail about all the comments and input I received earlier today during parent-teacher…

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The Game of Life

When I was a kid, I used to love playing the board game Life. It made the big, unexplored world seem so exciting. So appealing. You even collected money when you added children to your clan! The process of adding those children was relatively simple, as I recall, and involved little tiny pegs—either pink or baby blue—that you’d place in…

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A Dad’s Instruction Manual

If you ask me, the road to dadhood is much like my experience assembling an eight-drawer Ikea dresser for my daughter last year. The finished product looked really appealing in the store. The directions were hard to follow. And, the process to completion took a lot more time than I expected. However, in the end, everyone was happy. Unfortunately, there’s…

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