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!  Chapter 7 Mom and Dad Were Doing It 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…

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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!  Chapter 6 I Can’t Believe You Said That 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…

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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!  Chapter 5 Give and Take 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…

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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!  Chapter 4 I’m Sorry, What Did You Say? 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…

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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!  Playing Post Office 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…

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Bobblehead Dad: Chapter 2 – Why Painters Use Drop Cloths

This is a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!  Chapter 2 Why Painters Use Drop Cloths It was March. Winter was ever so slowly giving up its hold on long, cold days—providing an occasional surprise with a warmer, sun-filled afternoon. Our living room was getting a facelift—new furniture…

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Bobblehead Dad: Chapter 1 – Some Things You Don’t Want to Inherit

  This is a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!  Chapter 1 Some Things You Don’t Want to Inherit I spent a fair amount of time as a child playing in a closet. This was by choice, mind you, and I actually enjoyed it. The closet was on…

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Bobblehead Dad: Let’s Start Here

This is the first of a daily installment from my book,  “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  Come back tomorrow for more!  Prologue Long John Silver’s seafood restaurant wouldn’t have been my first choice as the backdrop for hearing what turned out to be the most powerful words my father ever shared with me. I guess things happen where…

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Culinary Confidence for Kids! The Morning Blend – Milwaukee

As always, I had so much fun doing this segment with the great team at Milwaukee’s Morning Blend!    CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE SEGMENT In case you are looking for a few of the things I referenced in this segment: Childproof Knife Block from Joseph Joseph Kid-Friendly Nylon Knives from Curious Chef How to make a “Gallon Man” How…

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