My Dad’s Thing With Fires

My dad had a thing with fires. His. Yours. Everyone’s. Let me clarify: I’m not talking about a pyromania issue. I’m talking about fires in the fireplace. He loved them. And he loved making sure a good portion of our town enjoyed them, as well. My father’s business was wood. He ran a big place we called the “Plant” –…

Read more »

Meet a Big League Dad

Wednesday night’s MLB game between Cleveland and the White Sox might have been the 2,364th game of the regular season. But from my vantage point, it was the game I’ll remember most. And it had nothing to do with the Indian’s 7-2 win over the White Sox. It had everything to do with the ceremonial first pitch. Over the last…

Read more »

Bed Tales – Part 4: Making a Bad Bed Good

I make a bad bed. If you’re looking for someone to make your bed look magazine-beautiful, with perfectly pooled pillows, a crisp comforter , and a chenille throw looking like it was tossed as you were heading out the door for a morning tennis match, I’m not your guy. I try. I really do. I try to pick out decent…

Read more »

The 42 Words Waiting in Mom’s Purse

Well played, Mom. Very well played. There are countless fabulous moms out there. And I was lucky to have one of them. She didn’t live a long life – it was cut short just a few weeks after this photo was taken – but dang, did she pack a lot into the life she was given. A lot of purpose.…

Read more »

#BigLeagueDads (Chicago Cubs)

The Cubs may have lost to the Braves – who clinched their first NL East title since 2005 – but  the real winners were all of the Big League Dads in our group today – enjoying a Sunday afternoon in historical Wrigley Field with our kids. Our team of dads included Joel Gratcyk, Eric Bennion, James Zahn, Victor Aragon, Robert…

Read more »

#BigLeagueDads (Oakland)

The Oakland Athletic’s magic number is now 2. There was definitely a packed stadium of “Big League Dads” at the game to celebrate. And I had the pleasure of hanging with two of them – Beau Coffron and Daniel DeGuia. Plus, on top of a big win, it was Star Wars Night at the game – so Daniel and Beau’s…

Read more »

LoyalTy to a T

Loyalty was a big thing with my parents. And they didn’t just preach it. They lived it. Starting with my father who worked for one man his entire adult life. My mom earned her loyalty stripes, as well. Family folklore has it that when she walked into our grade school cafeteria to volunteer as a “Wednesday Lunch Lady,” they asked…

Read more »

Bed Tales – Part 3: A Shopping We Will Go

Our hunt for new beds continues… You may recall that I’m in the market for beds. Two new beds. One for myself and one for my teenage son. And since I don’t buy a bed all that often (let’s just say it’s been a few presidential administrations since I last purchased one), I decided to do some pretty serious research this time…

Read more »

The Tale of the Farmers Market. Revisited.

When I was a kid, my folks made regular trips to California to visit my aunt and uncle. Kind of a mid-winter tradition to escape the Nebraska cold. Plus a house full of five boys. And one of the things I used to look forward to – after their return from each westward journey – was the day our mailman,…

Read more »

#BigLeagueDads (Detroit)

The only thing we needed was apple pie. We had baseball. We had hot dogs. We had kids. And we had dads. In my book, the perfect ingredients for grabbing some real moments. You’re thinking that the Detroit Tigers and the Mariners were the stars of the show? Think again. The real future hall of famers were the children of…

Read more »