38 Years as a Driver. And the Pledge I’m Taking to Improve.

Raising teenagers isn’t a bed of roses. Trust me. I’ve got two down and one to go. One still in the thick of it at the age of 18. Old enough to vote and serve our country. Too young to drink. He’s stuck in never-never land. A child waiting to become an adult. And I get to go along for…

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The First Big Good-Bye: When Your Oldest Goes to College #Blogust

This post is my contribution to Blogust ’14—Shot@Life’s month-long campaign to provide vaccinations for children in need around the world. I’m writing on the theme of “Happy and Healthy Firsts.” Here’s the cool part: YOU can help change the life of a child by making sure they get vaccinated. All you need to do is either “comment” (with anything!) at the…

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And For the Next Chapter of My Life…

“What are you going to do when Drew heads off to college?” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that question in the last two years. For those of you who don’t know, “Drew” is my youngest. The runt (not really) of the litter. The one who – in concept – was never supposed to grow old and…

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Join Rotary In Being a Part of a Guinness World’s Record!

Wow! When Rotary International sets out to do something, they do it! About a year ago, I wrote a story about Rotary’s effort to eradicate polio from the globe. Their commitment started almost 30 years ago when they began immunizing children everywhere against this disease. And after immunizing more than 2 billion children against polio, Rotary and its partners are…

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Chicago Tribune: If Fatherhood Came With a Redo Button

    I’m proud to be a contributor to the Chicago Tribune. This story is part of their Father’s Day 2014 section: ****** I was in the home stretch of a talk about parenting. It’s a talk I’ve given many times. This time I was in front of a group of parents in a Buffalo Grove middle school gym. I…

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The Best 60-Second Fatherhood Film You’re Gonna See

I love this film about what it means to be a dad. Brought to you by Dove Men+Care – they nail it when it comes to defining what fatherhood feels like. Enjoy it. Then go tell a dad you love him.

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Thought Catalog: The Last Good Bye With My Dad

I’m proud to be a featured Parenting Contributor on Thought Catalog. If you haven’t heard of Thought Catalog, it’s “one part diary, one part humor, one part intellectual musings, one part sentimentalism, one part pop culture, one part experimentalism. It is a mixed bag of content from many different voices, from writers who have been published by the likes of Slate,…

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Thought Catalog: Teaching Kids About Gratitude

I’m proud to be a featured Parenting Contributor on Thought Catalog. If you haven’t heard of Thought Catalog, it’s “one part diary, one part humor, one part intellectual musings, one part sentimentalism, one part pop culture, one part experimentalism. It is a mixed bag of content from many different voices, from writers who have been published by the likes of Slate,…

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Thought Catalog: A Message to Daughters About Their Future Mate

I’m proud to be a featured Parenting Contributor on Thought Catalog. If you haven’t heard of Thought Catalog, it’s “one part diary, one part humor, one part intellectual musings, one part sentimentalism, one part pop culture, one part experimentalism. It is a mixed bag of content from many different voices, from writers who have been published by the likes of Slate,…

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A Eulogy For a Brother

My brother, Kevin, died 13 years ago today at the age of 46.   Kevin was the proverbial good guy. You would have loved knowing him.  As a professional news photographer, his days centered around the art of capturing images around him. He was brilliant in his craft. And he was authentically loving to all he met. He died after an…

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