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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A Dad’s Instruction Manual

If you ask me, the road to dadhood is much like my experience assembling an eight-drawer Ikea dresser for my daughter last year. The finished product looked really appealing in the store. The directions were hard to follow. And, the process to completion took a lot more time than I expected. However, in the end, everyone was happy. Unfortunately, there’s…

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My Giraffe Gaffe

I’m one of those guys who still marvels at the concept of Halloween decorations. M.A.R.V.E.L.S. Over the last few weeks, my neighborhood has morphed into the production set of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video. Complete with zombies, caskets, tombs, skeletal remains, headstones and dozens of ghosts – both friendly and otherwise. All we’re missing is Vincent Price and some piped-in, spooky…

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Good Dads are Like Post-Its

Like Oprah, I have a list of favorite things. One of my favorite things I received this week was a Post-It note on a package. You see, there was a pre-printed message on the Post-It note that made me smile: “Good dads are like post-its…they stick around!” Unfortunately, it was a message that also lead me to some pretty staggering…

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My Super Spicey Life

If variety is truly the spice of life, then my life as a parent sometimes feels like the entire baking aisle at the local grocery store. Some days it’s paprika, others seem like lavender. I’ve had many a morning that started off with a touch of marjoram, afternoons sprinkled with allspice and an abundance of evenings tasting like plain old…

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Morning Mumblings

Star Trek fans know that on the Final Frontier, some inhabitants speak Klingon. And now, thanks to Avatar, on the planet Pandora, they speak Na’Vi. Species of all varieties seem to intuitively master the skill of communication, regardless of the circumstances. Why is it, then, that my youngest son can hardly speak during the first 60 minutes of his day? I used…

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I’ve Got a Bowling Angel

Short. True Story. I recently joined my town’s weekly bowling league. My kids tell me it’s a good thing for me to do to get out there and meet new people. “Why not?” I thought. So last night – the second night of the season – I decided to pull out something that I’ve been keeping in the closet for…

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Kissing an A-Game Day Good-Bye

I needed to find my A-Game today. Most days I’m happy if I can maneuver through the world of parenting, writing, chauffeuring and errands with a solid, respectable B-Game. And truthfully, some days get my C-Game because that’s the best I can do. But today needed all the stops pulled out. If this were college basketball, I needed to play…

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What Would You Do Wednesday: Noodles

Love my high school son. But there are moments I do consider trading him in for a different model. The other day, I got a phone call from the mother of one of his friends. These are “newer” friends- I’ve never done anything with them other than say a friendly “hello” as we mutually drop kids off at each others’…

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Lysol My Life

I bought a can of Lysol today. In retrospect, I should have come home with a case of it. Welcome to my life the last few days. We’ve had a bug problem in our house for the last week. “Bug” as in flu bug. It started about a week ago when my daughter came home with the usual symptoms of…

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