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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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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Billy Ray, Talk to Me

Dear Billy Ray, We need to talk, pal. Sure, we may not have much in common but we are both dads. And, as one dad just laying it on the line to another dad, brother- you need to slow it down and think about the stuff you’re doing right now. First, you go and dump all of your frustrations in…

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A Bobblehead Birthday Eulogy

Today would have been my brother Kevin’s 56th birthday. He died when he was 46.  Kevin was just the best. He really was. You would have liked him. And, I promise, no matter who you are, Kevin would have found something about you to connect to.  I recently stumbled upon the eulogy I was honored to share with the hundreds…

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