Enduring all things

Enduring all things
Written July 6, 2015. Sharing today in memory of Nathan Joseph, 8/24/14-8/26/14. Yesterday we buried Nate’s ashes. We divided them between two places, placing some just under the mulch around his tree at the arboretum and some in our garden against the back of the house. The spot in our garden is under a decorative... Read more »

On being a hopeful, thankful father on the 1st Father's Day after the death of my son

On being a hopeful, thankful father on the 1st Father's Day after the death of my son
I remember softly singing a nursery rhyme to my 1-day-old son in his hospital room in the hours before he passed away. The made-up lyrics are buried somewhere in the recesses of my mind, but I still can hear the tune in my head. It is a tune that both comforts and haunts me. It... Read more »

Boston, running and waiting

Boston, running and waiting
I haven’t felt this antsy since just before I started maternity leave. As I write this, I’m 10 days out from the Boston Marathon. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been ticking off the days until Joe, my dad and I head out East. My longest training run, a 20-miler last Saturday, is done. All... Read more »
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5 things you can do with your busted March Madness bracket

5 things you can do with your busted March Madness bracket
It’s just three days into the NCAA Tournament, but your bracket already is busted. Sorry, my friend. That Iowa State-Baylor championship you predicted now will only happen in your imagination. But what to do with that now-worthless piece of paper detailing your horrible choices? I have some suggestions: 1. Make a paper airplane But not... Read more »

A miracle food: The incredible edible pizza cone

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When I was in high school, my go-to song for musical auditions was Miracle of Miracles from Fiddler on the Roof. It was perfect. In the movie, it is sung by a nerdy guy (me) with a limited vocal range (also me). I had always thought the song was about the miracle of finding someone... Read more »

No one pushups like Gaston: Three other Disney characters not to challenge to contests

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More than seven million people  as of Jan. 7 have watched Gaston school a young man in the art of pushups in the above video. The young man did not stand a chance against the Disney character known for his brawn and his, well, um, brawn. Gaston isn’t the only character you shouldn’t challenge in... Read more »
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One-and-done Baseball Hall of Fame All-Stars: 2015 edition

One-and-done Baseball Hall of Fame All-Stars: 2015 edition
In 2013, I created the one-and-done Baseball Hall of Fame All-Stars. While many are praising Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio on their recent election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, I prefer to recognize those players who got at least one vote in their first year of eligibility, but not enough votes... Read more »

Blah, blah, blah, blah Galavant not the worst thing ever

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(Queue music please. Yes, that tune. Yes, the theme song for last night’s TV series debut that for some reason also had to accompany every commercial promoting the network. I’m sorry, OK? Please? Thank you.)  Way back on Sunday old, a TV series was sold About a hero known as Galavant! Square jokes and musical... Read more »

Reflections on the first snowfall of the year

Reflections on the first snowfall of the year
I woke up this Sunday morning to the first snowfall of the year. And while I usually am the grumpiest of grumps when it comes to snowfall, for some reason I thought it was quite nice this time. I settled myself on the couch in the living room and looked out the window at the... Read more »
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Up for debate: Will Avengers: Age of Ultron live up to hype?

Up for debate: Will Avengers: Age of Ultron live up to hype?
2015 should be an exciting year for movies, and Jakob Bilinski and I will be taking a look at some of the ones that interest us, starting with Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Is it going to live up to the hype? Is it going to be a dud? Hulk smash! JOE GRACE: OK, so... Read more »