My SPAM Adventure: A Bobblehead Dad Video

I ventured to our country’s heartland this past weekend–to my hometown of Fremont, Nebraska. While I was there, I found myself tossed into the middle of their annual SPAM (as in canned meat for all you internet-minded junkies) Cookoff at the John C. Fremont Days Celebrations. The video’s a few minutes longer than I had hoped. But dang, there was…

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Step One

I hate this. I signed up to run the Chicago Marathon in October several months ago. At the time, I was still 6ish months post having run the Rome Marathon. So, while not in fabulous shape, I still had a mindset of “no problem!” Call that mistake number one. Fast forward one really crappy Chicago winter. One really crappy Chicago…

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Helping Our Kids Feel Gratitude

Every so often, just when I think I’m doing an okay job with this parenting thing, something or someone comes along and shines a light on it all in a brand new way. A light that makes me stop and think. And realize I have a long way to go. Such was the case the other night when I had…

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My Dad's Squeaky Clean Love

I’ve been traveling a little bit these days. Nothing fun. Just travel. As any road warrior will tell you, time away from family and home gets very old. Very fast. My dad was also a frequent business traveler. I’m not exactly sure where he went. Or what he did while away. I just knew that every few weeks he’d leave…

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Happy Mother’s Day, Mom

My new book, “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew” is a reminder that there is value in the vanilla moments of our days. It’s a story about my cancer journey and how I came to better understand that many of the most meaningful lessons in my life came from the simplest experiences. I’m happy to share one…

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Blink

Step One: Take a close look at the little boy in the photo. Step Two: Blink Step Three: Well, you don’t get a step three. But I do. You see, the boy in the picture is my oldest son Kevin. He’s standing there – holding up five fingers to proudly tell his dad that he is “five” – and about…

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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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