Six! My Annual Celebration of Being Cancer Free

My annual story of thanks. Enjoy. My fifth birthday party has long been the gold standard in my life for celebrations. Just ask Kristin, Kirk, Kathy, Debbie or Nancy. They were there. And I know they all relished in – and probably were a little jealous of – my highly original cowboy theme, the amazing assortment of backyard games, and…

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Giving our Children Memories

For some reason, I’ve been looking at this rock a lot the last few days. It was a gift from some close friends many years ago. And, it’s one of my favorite keepsakes. But lately, it’s been reminding me of something that I was told soon after I became a dad for the first time. I don’t know who said…

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One in a Million (or at least 40,000)

Five years ago, the idea of jumping in to a race with thousands of other people would have scared the nylon running shorts off of me. I think it was a result of the same gene that had me show up to sophomore speech class time-and-time again with cotton mouth, and the one that prevented me from being an altar…

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Make Your Kids the World’s GREATEST Easter Basket!

Want an hour to spare this weekend to start a memory your kids will never forget? Why not give the Easter Bunny a hand this year—and make yourself look like the super-dad/mom you are by making your kids an Easter basket with real grass! I did this for years with my own kids. And I guarantee – this is a…

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Dad Hits a Home Run!

I’m celebrating my fifteenth season as a baseball dad. And in all those years, I’ve tried to follow my own father’s belief that it’s important to let the real coaches do their job, avoid coaching from the stands, and never publicly challenge or question a coach. There’s a right way and wrong way to communicate. And I hold firm in…

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My Hakuna Matata Ta Ta

I was kind of excited. My teenage son asked me, while jumping out of the car this morning at school, if he could have some friends over tonight to hang out and watch a movie. I love kids hanging out. Especially at our house. “Absolutely!” I replied. “Any specific plans you need help with?” “Yeah,” he said pulling out one…

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The Joke’s on Me

It’s April 1. April Fools’ Day. But I’m not laughing. When I was a kid, April 1 was the day I looked forward to annually with anticipation and jubilation. It was a day filled with fun pranks – like swapping out the sugar with salt. Or attempting to short-sheet a bed (I never could figure out how to do that!),…

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