“She Washed a Mean Load of Laundry”

Work with me on this one. I need to talk a bit about something sad. But then you’ll smile. I promise. My mom died when I was 14. It happened suddenly – getting sick and all. Two weeks before she died she was she same old Mom my four brothers and I always knew. A selfless, tireless, hold-it-all-together (mostly!) kind…

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Walk a Mile in My Flexon Glasses. And Win Flexon Sunglasses Yourself!

I’ve been on a “Facelift” journey over the last few weeks – picking out a new pair of eyeglasses from Flexon. Check out my stories about picking out my frames as well as my eye exam for full background on what I’ve learned! And be sure to read the section below titled, ” Win a Pair of Flexon Sunglasses!” –…

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Facelift for Dad: This Ain’t Your Father’s Eye Exam

I just left my eye doctor’s office – finishing up my annual check-up, picking out some new eyeglasses, and updating my prescription. It’s all part of a new year’s “facelift” I’m giving myself. The Important Part: My Annual Check-Up I’ve worn glasses since I was 8 – so I’m pretty comfortable with the entire eye exam process. And I’ve also come…

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CES. The Acronym of All Acronyms.

I don’t do well with acronyms. Acronyms and numbers are my weak spot. Now you know. The first time I heard “CES” I thought it was referring to a cool, hip, television show. I know. But I’m all about honesty lately. “CES” actually refers to the “Consumer Electronics Show” – and I think it’s technically the “International Consumer Electronics Show”…

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Facelift for Dad: Picking Out Eyeglasses

I must have been a good boy this year. Because the holiday goodies and surprises are still coming in. A Fun Flexon Surprise With an abundance or boxes in my house (hey, I have three kids!) – I’ve been saving one just for me to open after the holiday cheer started to wane. It arrived at my house a week…

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A Message For Stressed-Out Parents This Holiday Season

I live in a new neighborhood. So it’s been fun the last few weeks walking around to enjoy the assortment of holiday decorations. My environs have taken on an entirely magical quality. I’m amazed at the amount of work people put into the outside of their homes. Which leads me to believe the inside of their homes are equally impressive.…

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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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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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