You Would Have Liked my Dad

(Note: My dad passed away 13 years ago today. To celebrate his life, I’m sharing one of many stories that I’m sure he’d chuckle over. My dad was a mountain of laughs. What made him extraordinary, however, was the expansive compassion, love, and loyalty for the people in his life. I certainly hope to be a small reflection of the…

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Gobblehead Dad

My dad was all about efficiency. When I’d come home from college for breaks, I remember him hanging outside the bathroom door while I took a shower so he could grab the towel from me within seconds of drying off. He usually had a load of laundry waiting and he couldn’t resist the idea of a fresh, fluffed towel ready…

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Uncle Flapjack

My Uncle Jack is 92 years old. He’s my dad’s oldest brother and I think it’s safe to say that, next to my own three kids, there are very few people I love as much as I love this guy. He lives out in California but I get to see him once or twice a year – one of those…

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Kevin Cotton

My oldest child, Kevin, turns 21 today. That’s him on the left. Circa age two if I remember correctly. His Uncle Kevin, a pretty famous photographer, took the shot. I remember sitting on the sidelines for this particular photo session watching big Kevin with his fancy camera taking a picture of little Kevin holding his Mickey Mouse camera. Two Kevins. Taking pictures…

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My Son is Crazie

Seriously, my son Kevin is crazie. As in “Cameron Crazie,” a student supporter of Duke’s basketball team. With Duke winning the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship in a nail-biter game against Cinderella Butler last Monday night, it’s been one heck of a dream week for every Crazie. For family and friends of a Crazie, however, it might be a challenge to be around one…

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