Diverting a Daddy Disaster

My girl is snuggled up in her bed, sleeping soundly under her favorite Pottery Barn comforter. With four feathery pillows surrounding her head, a collection of treasured photos on her nightstand and two beloved stuffed animals sitting nearby on a shelf. Looking over her. As they always have. It’s her first night home from college. She’s back for a much…

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Put on a Happy Face

My son’s been feeling some stress lately. He’s in the middle of baseball tryouts for his high school team. And, as he usually does, he goes through regular cycles of self-doubt as to whether or not he’ll be making the final cut. “How’d tryouts go today son?” I’ll ask when I pick him up from school. “I’m not sure I’ll…

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Why Grant Hill is a Hero

My son Kevin is wise. He always has been. As a young boy in the nineties, there was no one Kevin idolized more than the then-Duke basketball superstar, Grant Hill. No one, no thing, no nothing came close to capturing Kevin’s passion more than Grant. We lived in Durham, North Carolina at the time. So Duke was literally in our…

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It’s Mom’s Day!

While the rest of the world is packing away their “Kiss Me. I’m Irish” sweatshirts, their shamrock-covered sweaters, and their corned beef and cabbage recipes passed down through the generations, I always think of today – the day after St. Patrick’s day – as Mom’s Day. Specifically my mom. She passed away on this day, many years ago, at the…

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Never Say Never, Dad

“Dad, you wanna go to the Justin Bieber movie with me?” asked my daughter the other day. I am so accustomed to doing any number of non-traditional “dad” things with my daughter – and I’ve always valued that. But a Justin Bieber movie? I thought she was teasing. But she wasn’t. So we went. And to make matters worse, it…

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