My Brother

I post this annually – or at least I try to – on June 6. It’s the anniversary of my brother, Kevin’s death. Kevin passed away 14 years ago at the age of 46 after a couple year battle with brain cancer.  And it still sucks. The above picture is how I remember Kevin. He was a professional photographer –…

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“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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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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Random Acts of Kindness 101

I’m a sucker for random acts of kindness. Doing them. Receiving them. Watching them. From every angle, I’m convinced they are the secret sauce to a more tolerant and peace-filled world. That’s why I loved seeing this video posted on my friend, Meredith Sinclair’s social media sites the other day. If you don’t know her, check her out at MeredithPlays.com. She’s…

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Raising Boys Rocks – Says My Mom

This recent story in the Huffington Post caught my eye. It’s written by Abby Rodman, a mom of boys. She’s setting the world straight on the joys and benefits of having a clan of all boys. Contrary to what the many naysayers have shared with her. “You poor thing!” “I’m glad I’m not you!” Those were the comments my own mother…

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Thought Catalog: the 4 Ls I Live By

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: How Mom Manages to Stay in Touch

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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Nine Years Ago Today I Said Good Bye to Cancer

May 26, 2014.  Nine years ago today I was having surgery to cut a bunch of cancer out of my body. And while I didn’t like the situation I was in – I could not WAIT to get through surgery, get the cancer out of me (honest – that’s how I visualized it. I actually told the doctor as I…

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Raising Smart Kids (From Men’s Health)

I’m proud to be a fatherhood contributor for Men’s Health magazine and hope you’ll check out this story on fun ways to raise smart kids: 5 Sneaky Ways to Raise Smart Kids OVERVIEW No, employers don’t check your old report cards. But grades do matter. According to the authors of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation book Crossing the Finish Line, academic…

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Because You Were My Mother, I am a Better Father.

It’s been 40 years since I said, “Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!” Hers was a life cut short. Smack dab in the middle of her busy and over-flowing world raising five boys. It was sudden. A load of clothes still in the dryer. A letter in her typewriter still waiting to be finished. And a dentist appointment on the calendar at…

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