I've Copied my Dad to Become a Good Father

While digging through some bins of the sort of personal items that we can’t bring ourselves to throw away, yet look at every half decade or so, I came across a scorecard from a 1990 Cubs game. It’s cardboard, with two pictures of Mark Grace, and a Jays potato chip ad on the front. On... Read more »

How My Mom Prepared Me for the First Mother's Day Without Her

Nothing in my life has ever made me feel more like both an adult and a child at the same time than my mother’s death. I’ve struggled to recognize – and perhaps process — the multi-layered emotions I’ve experienced in the months since she died, and it just occurred to me as I stared at... Read more »

While Our Lives Are Paused, Discover Gratitude

There’s no doubt that coronavirus is deadly. We watch its body count rise daily with no certainty where it will stop. But as dangerous as that virus is to our bodies, doom and gloom is even more dangerous to our souls. And while most of us will avoid the least desirable outcome of coronavirus, our... Read more »
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Fifty Years Ago Today, A Wedding

On January 12, 1969, a twenty-two-year-old sailor landed in California to begin a thirty-day leave from Vietnam. Having already served nine months of his initial twelve-month assignment, he extended his stay for an additional six months. In exchange, the Navy provided a thirty-day leave anywhere in the world. He went home. He changed planes in... Read more »

The Confusing Irony of Being Thankful for Sadness This Thanksgiving

I’ve been listening to a podcast called WTF with Marc Maron for more than eight years. Two new episodes are released each week, and for the past four years it’s the only series to which I’ve been devoted. No other podcasts. No television shows. Just WTF every Monday and Thursday. About eighteen months ago I... Read more »

A Tribute to My Mom that I Wrote More Than Half my Life Ago

Sometime in 1997 I began writing a blog. I didn’t call it a blog (that word hadn’t yet been invented). I called it a column. And it wasn’t hosted anywhere. I sent it via e-mail to a list of readers I recruited via AOL’s profile search. I had the foresight to save these columns on... Read more »
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Things That Remind me of the 2019 Chicago Cubs

The Cubs aren’t good. Well, they’re good, but they’re not good good. They’re not 2016 Cubs good. The sooner we come to terms with that, the better. This team is going to disappoint us at some point, so we should just come to terms with it. Hopefully they’ll do it sooner rather than later. Attention... Read more »

The Problem is Guns

The problem is guns. Too lethal. Too many. Too easy to get. To claim the problem lies elsewhere is either a willful refusal to accept reality, or an attempt to shift blame due to individual political or cultural beliefs based on an America that no longer exists, if it ever did. The gun violence death... Read more »

I Love Watching Kids Learn to Talk

My daughter is obsessed with making slime. She has been for more than a year now. After making dozens (hundreds?) of batches, she’s become pretty good at it. She throws together a batch of slime the way a seasoned chef might prepare a meal, albeit with different ingredients: a bit of baking soda, a splash... Read more »
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How Green Book Might Have Won the Best Picture Oscar Thanks to the Academy's Screwy Voting System

I think the Academy Awards often receive a bad rap. People complain that the show is too long, too boring, too self-indulgent, and sometimes not diverse enough. Those things might all be true from time-to-time, but I still try to watch. There’s just something about watching talented filmmakers come together to celebrate the movies of... Read more »