The 42 Words Waiting in Mom’s Purse

Well played, Mom. Very well played. There are countless fabulous moms out there. And I was lucky to have one of them. She didn’t live a long life – it was cut short just a few weeks after this photo was taken – but dang, did she pack a lot into the life she was given. A lot of purpose.…

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LoyalTy to a T

Loyalty was a big thing with my parents. And they didn’t just preach it. They lived it. Starting with my father who worked for one man his entire adult life. My mom earned her loyalty stripes, as well. Family folklore has it that when she walked into our grade school cafeteria to volunteer as a “Wednesday Lunch Lady,” they asked…

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Bed Tales – Part 3: A Shopping We Will Go

Our hunt for new beds continues… You may recall that I’m in the market for beds. Two new beds. One for myself and one for my teenage son. And since I don’t buy a bed all that often (let’s just say it’s been a few presidential administrations since I last purchased one), I decided to do some pretty serious research this time…

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The Tale of the Farmers Market. Revisited.

When I was a kid, my folks made regular trips to California to visit my aunt and uncle. Kind of a mid-winter tradition to escape the Nebraska cold. Plus a house full of five boys. And one of the things I used to look forward to – after their return from each westward journey – was the day our mailman,…

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Getting a Hang of This “Dad” Thing

I admit it. I had no idea what I was in for as I held my child – my son – during the first few minutes of his life. It felt more like I was being handed the world’s most wonderful puppy. I could relate to a puppy. I had a few of them in my life. So this seemed…

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Parenting 101: Practical and Efficient

Practical. And efficient. May I introduce you to my mom? With five boys, practical and efficient wasn’t just smart. It was vital to survival in the mini-fraternity my mother called home. Why waste time, for example, buying small quantities of meat at the grocery store when you could buy the whole darn cow? Not only did she negotiate a mean…

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The Best Cab Ride of My Life

The story is short. But the picture is worth – well – everything. I was in a cab heading home from O’hare today – a journey I make with regularity. The cab driver was polite. His car was clean. And I was settling in for my 25 minute ride home. Which meant I was burying my nose in my iPhone.…

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File Under “D” for “Dad”

I sometimes wonder what stories my own children will share about me long after I’m gone. You know – the stories about “Dad’s” funny traits, habits or tendencies. Quirks. I’m on a mission to leave them plenty of choices. My own dad left me a multitude. Like always betting on the number “5.” It was his tip-of-the-hat to his five…

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Memories in the Midst of the Mess

“Best day ever!” That’s what the kids in the above picture – my siblings and cousins – are thinking. And our parents? Well, that’s easy. “We’re exhausted. And sun burnt.” There’s one other thing the kids probably have on their mind: “We’re hungry!” //// I’m not sure how my parents did it, but as a little kid growing up in the…

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Bed Tales – Part 1: Wishes Do Come True

Were Goldilocks to swing by our house, she’d certainly take a pass on our beds. And I’m not talking about her old stand-by lines of “too soft” or “too hard.” She’d more likely say “too old!” You see, beds get overlooked in our house. They fall into the same bucket as appliances. Or the furnace. If it ain’t broke, don’t…

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