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6 Crazy Stages of Gambling on a Cruise

Posted by on March 31st, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

The rad people at Carnival Cruise Lines paid my way and sent me on a voyage to the Caribbean last week, so I could showcase all the fun and frolic available at sea on their cruise line, but something unimaginably crazy happened… The cruise was very rad, food, fun, drinks, sun, blah blah blah, but […]

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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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Does Having Kids Make You Happier?

Posted by on February 25th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

I’m sitting up in bed staring through the darkness as my one-year-old cries just a short distance away. It’s about 65 degrees in my room but I’m sweating. I’ve been through this before, with both boys, but it doesn’t get easier. If I had a crystal ball, I’m sure it would show me that he’s […]

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The Cowardice of Conversationalists

Posted by on February 4th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

The Super Bowl was a bitter feud. We watched as two teams battled it out, yard by yard, to scrape together a hard-fought victory. But the feud I’m referring to was between gameplay within me. I’m not a huge sports guy. I watched for all the spectacular commercials, if I’m being honest, and one of […]

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The Magic 8-Ball of Parenting

Posted by on December 30th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

On a daily basis, I wonder if I am doing the right thing. Am I trying hard enough? Am I listening intently enough? Am I guiding while correcting when necessary? Am I learning fast enough at this parenting thing that I can stay a few steps ahead of my own children? It feels like the […]

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End of Year Whispers

Posted by on December 26th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Can you hear that? The new year is calling our names. He’s off in the distance, waiting for someone to answer. Like a child, he stumbles toward us as he takes his first steps. We don’t know whether to protect this young thing from itself or let him fall. Luckily, he will make his way […]

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Home Is Where You Are

Posted by on December 4th, 2014, under SNAPSHOTS

We’ve gone through lots of changes lately. Moving, new job, new school — you name it. Proud of our progress but sometimes, when you’re a parent, simple things almost seem insurmountable. We’re still cutting through the brush in our jungle of boxes. The only thing static at this point is my true north, my family. […]

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Your Time Here

Posted by on November 20th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Dear Finn, Let me tell you the story of your life. Know that there will be exceptions, but this is the grand accounting of your human journey. You were born to two loving parents and these parents were afraid they would break you. They drove slowly coming home and lost a good deal of sleep […]

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Memos to the Tooth Fairy

Posted by on November 5th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK, SNAPSHOTS

My 5yo son’s wiggly-jiggly tooth was recently liberated from his smile and he couldn’t wait to write a pillow-bound note to the Tooth Fairy. Here’s the text (uncorrected, to preserve the cuteness): Dear. TootH. Fairy. i Love you. My tooth FeLL. out. i wANt presents. tHANk you.   Short, polite and to the point. Adorable, […]

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Pretend Parenting

Posted by on October 29th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

I’m not a perfect person. But, I like to pretend to think I am… When we found out WE were pregnant (I LOVE that phrase), I decided I would be the best father to ever walk the face of the Earth. All men before me would pale in comparison and children would flock from all […]

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