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Bruce Lee, On Parenting

Posted by on April 11th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

  People think that Bruce Lee’s famous “Be like water” quote was his philosophical view on fighting an opponent. Think again! I propose that he was actually talking about being a parent! Ah HA! Okay, so maybe your mind isn’t blown by this revelation, but it’s got to at least be making funny clanking noises, […]

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Atlas the Father

Posted by on September 12th, 2013, under NOTEBOOK

I remember seeing a towering statue when I was traveling through Italy as a young boy. The marble man’s face looked so determined, forehead wrinkled from strain, and his eyes set upon some faraway place. I thought the giant globe perched between his powerful back and open hands would fall at any moment. I couldn’t […]

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I Met a Father Named Kanye West

Posted by on August 23rd, 2013, under NOTEBOOK

Let me be honest at the beginning here and disclose two important things before you read on. Besides the fact that I am morphing into Andy Herald… First, I have been working for 20th Television (Fox) for the past few months doing online strategy at the Kris Jenner Show, among others. These comments do not […]

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Staring at Nothing

Posted by on August 15th, 2013, under NOTEBOOK

He’s sitting there next to me with the book open. The closeness of his face to its cardboard pages a gauge of his intensity. It must be a good one, he’s already holding it inches away as he pretends to read it to me in his bed. He’s four. He’s adorable. He’s totally absorbed. Me? […]

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The Blogged Generation

Posted by on July 30th, 2013, under NOTEBOOK

My family sits like a clump of wires at the back of a desk. Disentangling my familial politics and systems has often proved equally difficult. So when it came time to forge ahead to make my dad’s final plans after he died, things were inevitably complicated. I don’t know where my father’s ashes were spread. […]

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The Best Bad Ideas

Posted by on June 18th, 2013, under NOTEBOOK

Before I begin, let me assure you no toddler was harmed in any way. This isn’t one of those kinds of story. In the way-too-early morning (aka before noon) we packed up Lucas, our 3.5-year-old son, got me coffee and all headed off to a skateboarding park. It was rented out for us, all to […]

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5 Reasons Batman Would Be a Better Dad than Superman

Posted by on June 6th, 2013, under NOTEBOOK

Alright, we’re encroaching on some touchy ground here. I know. Please don’t publicly hang me with USB cable, nerds. I mean you no harm. As one of you, I am duty-bound to admit this is basically an open question that I am posing to myself and working through in a public space. So, put down […]

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Best Friends

Posted by on May 14th, 2013, under EXTERNAL USE ONLY

Who wants to get kicked right in the feels? Pucker up… While I’m not certain everyone would agree that being a friend is the same thing as being a dad, and believe me there is a semantic, overly-worded debate there that will never end — I love the subtlety of the moments in this video. […]

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Caveman Love

Posted by on April 12th, 2013, under NOTEBOOK

Not all dads fall in love with their baby right away. There, I said it. Now, I can see that you’re reaching for your pitchforks and torches. Before you light that Zippo, hear me out. Dad blogs are full of images of new fathers cooing over their babies and expressing tearful joy over their new […]

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Skating Through Life

Posted by on April 9th, 2013, under SNAPSHOTS

As a younger man, I imagined one day I might become a father. When I dreamed of the man I would one day become, it was always in context of the child I would raise. I haven’t arrived at my destination as a man, and I may never get there, but a child has provided […]

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