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A Letter From My Dead Father

Posted by on February 25th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK, SNAPSHOTS

I often ask myself why I write here. Who is this for? Do I think it’s even worth reading? This kind of writing can feel like the most self-centered exercise ever undertaken and I surely don’t post enough cat pictures or gossip to compel people to return. But today’s worth it. The reason, I’ve found […]

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In the Name of our Fathers

Posted by on February 11th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

It was a cold, windy day on the grassy plains overlooking a beach in San Francisco. The wind filled sails and people sat bundled up, pretending it was a summer afternoon. San Francisco had that effect on people. It was anything they wanted it to be. My father jogged over to a payphone, pulled a […]

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The Endgames

Posted by on January 28th, 2014, under SNAPSHOTS, VIDEOTAPE

Everything adds up to helping people. Helping people and love. All else is a game to get to those two endgames, my sons. Watching you feed Arden for the first time, I don’t even have words for how this feels, Finney my boy. What I’m Listening To: Follow my journal for my sons here. Follow […]

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My Wife Just Said… #144

Posted by on January 22nd, 2014, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

“Arden’s umbilical cord finally fell off this morning at 4am (sleep is highly overrated). Feeling strangely emotional about it, but excited for the many soothing baths to come!” -Avara   There are certain milestones that mark the passage of time in a family’s life. Sure, they may smell a bit cheesy, but with an equally cheesy […]

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Missing Pieces, Part 2

Posted by on January 15th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Continuing the epic saga of how my wife and I met all those years ago. If you haven’t read part one, just go here. Okay? So, we spoke by Instant Message, because we’re a cliched generation of internet users and “You’ve Got Mail” watchers, to set up a time to meet. We figured a public […]

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Welcome to Single Parenthood?

Posted by on January 10th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Growing up, the thought that my parents weren’t married didn’t really change my life. Sure, we went to my grandparent’s church a couple of times and I wasn’t allowed to eat a special cracker, but they loved each other. That was good enough for me. I was seven years-old when they broke up. It didn’t […]

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#BatKidSF Is The Hero We Need And Deserve

Posted by on November 20th, 2013, under EXTERNAL USE ONLY

I know we made a big deal out of the BatKid stuff last week, but you need the full story. So, here it is… Batkid from San Francisco Chronicle on Vimeo. If you don’t get somewhat emotional for this kid fighting cancer, you need to check yourself for a pulse. – Follow us on Facebook. […]

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Cinema Paradiso

Posted by on November 12th, 2013, under SNAPSHOTS

The movie theater is a transformative, magical place that rips you from your life and thrusts you headlong into magic, horror or a state of imaginative dance, once that projector starts. My father loved movies. I remember how he would play them over and over at home. I remember relentlessly trying to get him to […]

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Missing Pieces

Posted by on October 30th, 2013, under NOTEBOOK

A few readers have asked for the story of how my wife and I met. We’ve discussed aspects of it here and in interviews with legitimate websites/journalists (unlike the site you are now on). But it all started with the Internet. So let’s travel back in time, shall we? The year was 1993 and I […]

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A Little Girl’s Book of Poshens

Posted by on October 23rd, 2013, under SNAPSHOTS

Everyone knows kids look at the world through the magical lens of youth, but some of them document what they see. As a kid I was a poshen maker, too, so I was able to withstand the adorableness unharmed when a friend of mine posted pictures of her 6yo daughter’s book of potions…ehem “Poshens”. I […]

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