Diverting a Daddy Disaster

My girl is snuggled up in her bed, sleeping soundly under her favorite Pottery Barn comforter. With four feathery pillows surrounding her head, a collection of treasured photos on her nightstand and two beloved stuffed animals sitting nearby on a shelf. Looking over her. As they always have. It’s her first night home from college. She’s back for a much…

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Put on a Happy Face

My son’s been feeling some stress lately. He’s in the middle of baseball tryouts for his high school team. And, as he usually does, he goes through regular cycles of self-doubt as to whether or not he’ll be making the final cut. “How’d tryouts go today son?” I’ll ask when I pick him up from school. “I’m not sure I’ll…

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GPS: The LIVESTRONG Version

I had a blast this past Friday – hanging out at the corporate headquarters of LIVESTRONG in Austin, Texas – and joining in the fun as they celebrated the opening of the new LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center which is a free resource for anyone affected by cancer. While not a medical center, the Navigation Center provides an array of support…

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I’m a Food Network Phoney

I’m not Giada. Nor am I Paula or Rachel. Sandra? Nope. And Bobby, Guy and Alton could all make minced meat out of me. Any day. A chef I am not. But somehow I found myself, last week, pretending to be one at Naperville’s Whole Foods Market as part of a fun cooking demonstration featuring a couple terrifically talented TribLocal…

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Why Grant Hill is a Hero

My son Kevin is wise. He always has been. As a young boy in the nineties, there was no one Kevin idolized more than the then-Duke basketball superstar, Grant Hill. No one, no thing, no nothing came close to capturing Kevin’s passion more than Grant. We lived in Durham, North Carolina at the time. So Duke was literally in our…

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It’s Mom’s Day!

While the rest of the world is packing away their “Kiss Me. I’m Irish” sweatshirts, their shamrock-covered sweaters, and their corned beef and cabbage recipes passed down through the generations, I always think of today – the day after St. Patrick’s day – as Mom’s Day. Specifically my mom. She passed away on this day, many years ago, at the…

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Maybe It’s Not So Weird

I had a story in The Good Men Project Magazine last week titled The Weird World of a Single Dad where I shared some ramblings about life as a single parent. My hope was that it put a tiny spotlight on the fact that – for the most part – parent are parents regardless of their situation. And perhaps I…

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Never Say Never, Dad

“Dad, you wanna go to the Justin Bieber movie with me?” asked my daughter the other day. I am so accustomed to doing any number of non-traditional “dad” things with my daughter – and I’ve always valued that. But a Justin Bieber movie? I thought she was teasing. But she wasn’t. So we went. And to make matters worse, it…

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Some Bald Truths

It’s that time of year when you start seeing a number of great charity events for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Like this group of firefighters in Lemont, Illinois stories about going smooth on top seem to be popping up everywhere. And just in case you’re not in the know, St. Baldrick’s is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most…

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Help Japan

If you’re like me, your heart is just pulled right now. And you also don’t know what to do. The best thing I’ve figured out – at a minimum – is to send $10 via my phone through the American Red Cross. Text the word redcross to 90999. It’s as simple as that. If you know of other things to…

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