How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

Cancer

Awareness

Posted by on October 11th, 2018, under NOTEBOOK

photo credit: Bodies of Subversion: A Secret Hisotry of Women and Tattoo by Margot Mifflin Several months ago, and probably way past when I should’ve been asleep, I laid in bed with my face cradled lazily in one hand, with the other holding the rectangle of light we all use to travel aimlessly around the […]

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Superhero Tears

Posted by on March 10th, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

The gorgeous illustration style of this “comic” by Jon Laing caught my eye the other day. Reading the first frame, it was clear the weight of the story was heavier than a lighthearted joke. I felt sympathy for a bullied child and empathy for the defensive fantasies that come of idolizing one’s dad. My eyes […]

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My Wife Just Self-Diagnosed… #233

Posted by on October 5th, 2015, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

“My throat hurts soooooo bad… Maybe it’s cancer.” –Elizabeth   She wasn’t serious, of course. Everyone in the house has gone down with a nasty case of flu-bola. Despite her obvious discomfort, I had to laugh at how she went from 0 to WebMD in under a second. It reminded me of an amazing joke […]

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Skin Cancer Is Not Your Friend

Posted by on May 28th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

So, listen. I know the internet is filled with a lot of causes and movements and groups and Change.org petitions and blah blah blah, but I want to scare the shit out of you for just a second. Okay, maybe I won’t completely terrify you, but maybe I can talk in a way that ups […]

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For Oren

Posted by on March 2nd, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

My mind is a sweatshop of emotion right now. I keep waiting for the bell to sound so I can go home. But closing time doesn’t seem likely for a good while. This past Saturday was a banner day in existential pain. Post by HowToBeADad. First, it was my late father’s birthday. When I say […]

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Harry Potter and the Curious Cancer

Posted by on January 7th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

I used to think life was a process of growing older and wiser. You put the puzzle pieces together, finding those intellectual edge pieces to the larger picture and placing them to make sense out of a 2,524,554,080 second blank jigsaw. Boys, take care of yourselves. Before you can't. I lost three close family members […]

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Finish Talia’s List

Posted by on July 24th, 2013, under EXTERNAL USE ONLY, SNAPSHOTS

If you’re not familiar with Talia, she was an inspirational girl. Diagnosed with leukemia and neuroblastoma six years ago, the 13-year-old video-blogged her fight and posted makeup tutorials on her YouTube page. Five days before she passed away, she made a bucket list and it is quite spectacular. She basically gave me a Cliff’s Notes […]

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Ass-kicking Staches

Posted by on November 28th, 2011, under NOTEBOOK

This is not a ’70s buddy cop show. Charlie and Andy have embarked on growing ass-kicking Movember mustaches. Who could argue with the statement that cancer needs its ass kicked? My Mustache’s the Only Abnormal Growth Here by Charlie Capen    My wife won’t look me in the eye. My son dry heaves upon seeing […]

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