Parenting: Don’t Worry, It’s Only Forever

  Parents love regaling non-parents with stories or pictures of their children. Which is annoying to non-parents. I know, because I annoy myself when I’m doing these things except that bragging about our brilliant children is how parents explain to non-parents how it’s totally okay that we can never sleep in on a weekend ever... Continue Reading →

Beyond Grief the Genie Awaits

  Grief is a hell of a thing. There’s an immediate sharpness that strikes you all at once, but it also persists in the slow burn of a lifetime. Grief is like an old friend who refuses to be ignored—he shows up every now and then and eats all your food, gets you drunk, and... Continue Reading →

The Wonder Found in Coffee

The Little Things that Make a Marriage   My wife makes amazing coffee. She takes it seriously. She swears she can taste a difference between the beans from the place in the city versus the ones I get in our hometown, even though they are merely different locations of the same small business. This is... Continue Reading →

Please Don’t Close That Door on my Head

Why Working Parents Need Meditation   “‘Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.’ And he says, ‘Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.’ So, I got that going for me. Which is nice.” -Caddyshack Meditation... Continue Reading →

The Patriarch Problem

Or... I have a REAL problem with fatherhood. Or, more accurately, I have a problem with society’s perception of fatherhood. We fathers are seen at best as earnest but irrelevant sidekicks. Not Patriarchs. We’re either goofy assholes, controlling assholes or uninvolved assholes. There is no fourth choice. Yeah, I get it - boo hoo, the... Continue Reading →

Why You Need a Dog

“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.” ―Schulz Some days everyone hates you. Your stress boils over to such epic proportions that it becomes a sentient being. Everyone has their hand out. Every task conspires to... Continue Reading →

Living a Thousand Lives

or What I Want “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… the man who never reads lives only one.” George RR Martin - Game of Thrones I want to live on Mars. I want to write 100 best selling novels. I want to learn to speak 5 languages and live in each of... Continue Reading →

A Father’s Manifesto

-or- Why I Make You Close Your Eyes During the Han Solo Bounty Hunter Scene To my children, I can promise you precious little in the chaotic world we live in. I can say this, however - no matter what ideas you have, no matter what passions you chase, no matter who you bring into our... Continue Reading →

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