You Can Help Save 1.7 Million Children

The new United Nations Foundation shot@life program is calling all Americans to action to save the lives of children in developing countries. I recently took my teenage son to the pediatrician for an annual check-up. Driving to the doctor’s office, my son asked, “Do I have to get a shot? I hate shots.” “Deal with it,” I told him. “You’re…

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Seven! My Annual Celebration of Being a Cancer Survivor

My annual story of thanks. Repeated year after year. I like it. I hope you do too. My fifth birthday party has long been the gold standard in my life for celebrations. Just ask Kristin, Kirk, Kathy, Debbie or Nancy. They were there. And I know they all relished in – and probably were a little jealous of – my…

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On Being Erma’s Child

  I just returned from the 2012 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, which celebrated the genius of this one, incredible woman. My mom was Betty. But this weekend, at an intimate event at the University of Dayton, I was reminded that I am also Erma’s child. Erma Bombeck. And I’m quite certain that’s precisely how the other attendees at the 2012…

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The Amazing Club of Dads

  I had the honor the other day of being part of a group of folks who chose the winning essays from this year’s IFI /Chicago White Sox Illinois Fatherhood Essay Contest. Over 18,000 kids from the state of Illinois submitted essays this year – honoring their dads, step-dads, grandfathers, or father figures. The Illinois Fatherhood Initiative is the sponsor…

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“I Believe in Hope”

If you are unsure as to whether or not you should see the new documentary, “Bully”, I hope you will read this.  “I don’t believe in luck. But I believe in hope.” If you were to read those words on the back of a t-shirt, or on a bumper sticker, you might not think twice. Read them again. And imagine…

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The Price of Prom

I don’t think my kids want to hear how cheap my prom costs were back in the seventies. So maybe I better roll up my sleeves and help them manage theirs! Ka-ching! It’s prom time! Having now safely navigated two of my three kids through this rite of passage, I can honestly say I’m enjoying a breather before child number three…

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So Long Cinderella

Buying underwear for my daughter gets more complicated with each passing year. I’m missing the good old days. I miss the good old days when buying new underwear for my daughter was as simple as buying paper towels. In fact, back then, it was a lot like buying paper towels. I could find a six-pack of whatever it was she needed.…

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Bucket List #55: Women’s Roller Derby

Leave it to my family to blend Easter with Women’s Roller Derby. Maybe not a traditional religious experience – but boy was it fun! Hands-down, the best part of our family’s Easter holiday getaway to Nebraska was spending time with lots of family that the kids and I haven’t seen in far too long. It was good stuff. Great stuff.…

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That Fresh, Clean Smell of Bacon (!)

My sleepy-eyed teenager shuffled into the kitchen this morning. “That bacon smells so good, Dad,” he declared. “I’m starving.” I hated to burst his bubble. Poor kid. Breakfast was going to be his old standby bowl of cold cereal. “Sorry, pal,” I said as I knew I was breaking his heart, “I was just doing a load of laundry with…

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