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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My Giraffe Gaffe

I’m one of those guys who still marvels at the concept of Halloween decorations. M.A.R.V.E.L.S. Over the last few weeks, my neighborhood has morphed into the production set of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video. Complete with zombies, caskets, tombs, skeletal remains, headstones and dozens of ghosts – both friendly and otherwise. All we’re missing is Vincent Price and some piped-in, spooky…

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Good Dads are Like Post-Its

Like Oprah, I have a list of favorite things. One of my favorite things I received this week was a Post-It note on a package. You see, there was a pre-printed message on the Post-It note that made me smile: “Good dads are like post-its…they stick around!” Unfortunately, it was a message that also lead me to some pretty staggering…

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