Why I Believe

(This is one of my favorite stories from my book, “Bobblehead Dad” 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew.” I hope you enjoy!) It was our last Christmas in North Carolina. My son, Kevin, was eight and my daughter, Wallis, was five. That would make my youngest, Drew, a one-year-old just mastering the art of walking. It was the week…

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“Maya” Holiday Aha

This was going to be my December to get on top of all the year-end, holiday tasks. I was determined to tackle all those to-do things methodically and with the precision of a surgeon’s hand. On top of that list was putting up my outside Christmas holiday lights. Now, my light display is pretty simple. It involves one tree by…

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How Bunnies Learn to Love Veggies

My five-year-old Halloween had all the ingredients to be the best ever. At the time, however, it felt like the worst. And in the end, it probably was one of the top “teachable” moments of my childhood. This was the Halloween my mom made me the costume of all costumes. I was a bunny. (And before you start making jokes,…

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No More Mr. Bad Dad

Typically, December 1 is the day I begin to panic. I panic about holiday gifts. Holiday cards. The fall yardwork I’ve yet to tackle. And it’s the day I have to come to grips with the fact that yet another year is going to end with me staring at a long list of unfinished goals. But this December 1 was…

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A Tale of My 3 Mo Sistas

I love how connections work. I also love being reminded about goodness and good people. This is a short story about three very special women. Over the last month, they have quietly helped spread the important message of Movember – a worldwide campaign to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer and other men’s health issues – to…

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Light of My Life

This is a story of a dad, a majestic evergreen, and the love that brought them together. I’ve had an on-going love affair with one particular Christmas tree for a long time. We met innocently years ago – a chance meeting. It was a cold, crisp December night and I was on my way home from a holiday party –…

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The Legacy of Dad and His Norelco

During the month of November, the “Movember” movement is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on men’s faces around the world. With their Mos, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, including prostate and testicular cancer. If you think growing facial hair is a follicly fickle thing for a guy to do, read on. The moment I…

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Dark Knight. Bright Night.

If there’s one thing my high school son is, it’s blunt. He reminds me of my great-great-aunt, Dot, who had a habit of simply saying what she was thinking. And, as unflattering as it might have been, she always sounded so sweet – like she was serving a plate of peach cobbler. Topped with ice cream. My son is exactly…

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The Grading Game

Mistake number one was turning to my high school son for a suggestion about a topic to write on. “Um, write about grades, Dad,” he tossed out. “What? You want me to write about your grades?” I responded confused. Surely he didn’t want me to go into detail about all the comments and input I received earlier today during parent-teacher…

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The Game of Life

When I was a kid, I used to love playing the board game Life. It made the big, unexplored world seem so exciting. So appealing. You even collected money when you added children to your clan! The process of adding those children was relatively simple, as I recall, and involved little tiny pegs—either pink or baby blue—that you’d place in…

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