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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 »

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 »

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 »

How to Fail at Thanksgiving (But Still Make it Awesome!)

Hopefully, you’re almost ready for Thanksgiving, whether you’re hosting the Big Meal at your house, or gracing someone else with your presence. If not, you better get on the ball, because today is Thanksgiving. So, if you’re not ready, get to work. (After you read this!) Prioritizing tasks is one of those things that appears... Read more »

My Car Smells Like Pee and Other Problems I'm Facing

It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these, a fact that my fourteen-year-old son reminds me of quite often. I have no reason for not writing other than I haven’t made it a priority. But if I want to get back into the swing of things with this, then what better way to... Read more »

Today's the First Day of School, and I'm Not Happy About It

I’ve never been sentenced to the electric chair, but if I were, I imagine it’d be like the first day of school. The two events share that same unavoidable dread, often culminating in a sleepless night before, and, eventually, a resignation to the fate that awaits. But while a doomed prisoner is only offered a... Read more »

The Well-Intentioned But Worthless Things Shouted During Youth Baseball and Softball Games

With the end of June comes the end of Little League baseball and softball season. This spring I managed my son’s team of ten, eleven, and twelve-year-old boys, and helped coach my daughter’s softball team of five-to-eight-year-old girls. Throughout the season, as one of the players on either one of my teams, or the opposing... Read more »

Today is My Son's Last Recess Because Adults are Dumb

Today is my son’s last day of fifth grade. I could turn this into a “Where did the time go?” post very easily. It does seem like I went to Back to School night just a few weeks ago, and even further back I smile when I think of how excited he was to have... Read more »