Bobblehead Dad: Chapter 11 – That’s Why They Call It Work

This is a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!    My dad believed in a number of things. He believed in holding his five sons accountable for living up to some pretty high standards. He believed he could never miss one of his children’s athletic or school events.…

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Bobblehead Dad: Chapter 10 – The Real Dirt

  This is a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!    The garden with the yellow mums was just the beginning. During the next few years, our yard was transformed into a mini-botanical garden. My mom’s second garden was more a product of necessity. It was a couple…

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Bobblehead Dad: Chapter 9 – Mum’s the Word

This is a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!    My mom’s idea of a garden was limited to a couple of terra cotta pots with orange marigolds set out on the front porch each summer. With five boys and a yard that usually looked more like a…

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Bobblehead Dad: Chapter 8 – Growing Into My Running Shoes

This is a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!  I was not a very good athlete as a little kid. At least that’s what my four older brothers frequently told me. They had me convinced the Higley “athletic gene pool” had a supply big enough for just four…

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Bobblehead Dad: Chapter 7 – Mom and Dad Were Doing It

This is a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!  It was a Saturday afternoon shortly after the first of the year. I was four, and my brothers and I were home watching ABC’s Wide World of Sports on television—a weekly ritual that took place in our family room.…

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12 Things I’ve Learned Living 12 Years With Cancer

I was diagnosed with cancer 12 years ago today. And I still remember that day with vivid technicolor. It was a weekend and the boys and I were home alone. My daughter was away at a volleyball tournament in Minnesota. By all measures, it could have become yet one more weekend that blended into the blurry scrapbook of my memory bank.…

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Bobblehead Dad: Chapter 6 – I Can’t Believe You Said That

This is a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!    It was a couple of weeks after my mom died. I was fourteen and just beginning to grasp the reality of what had happened. I was feeling something I hadn’t yet felt since the beginning of the ordeal…

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Bobblehead Dad: Chapter 5 – Give and Take

This is a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!    It’s interesting to me that my mom, who had the most wonderful gift of gab, was given few opportunities to speak during the final eight days of her life. Perhaps that is what makes her last words so…

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Bobblehead Dad: Chapter 4 – I’m Sorry. What Did You Say?

This is a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!    The sun wasn’t shining when my mom died, so it must have been nighttime. My brothers and I were together in the hospital waiting room when my dad told us she was gone. We were never a family…

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Bobblehead Dad: Chapter 3 – Playing Post Office

This is a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!  I never understood exactly what my dad did for a living. He ran something we referred to as “the plant.” What I did know was that the plant was an odd configuration of large warehouse-type buildings on the edge…

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