Well, that’s not MY dad

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Just a little over a week ago was Father's Day. (Seriously? Then why the hell is my Hai Karate jug still on empty?) And this Father's Day, as most Father's Days, I found myself questioning my adequacy as a father. I went to church and it didn't get any better. Pastor Doug spoke pretty passionately […]

Dream on

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It's going to be a long 8 weeks at church. Pastor Doug just launched a whole sermon series on dreams. And, while I'm sure it's going to be fascinating and spiritually valuable, it's going to be a pain in my ass. See, I'm married to a dreamer. A visionary. A big-picture thinker who has the […]

If anyone could appreciate the importance of a good drink, it was that fish

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Okay, here's your ethical dilemma for the day. On a fantastically sunny, calm summer evening, with a crackling fire burning cheerfully and the beloved warmth of family all around, which is the more virtuous path: • Should one risk the accidental spillage of a cold, hoppy, well-deserved beer by placing it precariously in the grass? […]

Click here. My kids’ happiness depends on it.

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When Aeschines spoke, they said, ‘How well he speaks.’ But when Demosthenes spoke, they said, ‘Let us march against Philip.’* So this is my channeling of Demosthenes. This is my call to action. This is my stirring, ‘Win one for the Gipper’ speech. Ready? Please invest three minutes of your life into watching the embedded […]

Requiem for a betta fish

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What is there to say about Mr. Wiggles? What words can do justice to the memory of a fish who meant so much to us all? Yes, he was a Japanese Fighting Fish. But that didn’t define who he was. He was more. So much more. He was the betta and the omega. He was […]

Mawidge

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Went to a wedding today (Corinne's sister Rochelle and her fiance Sam). Pretty standard stuff, for the most part. Dog interrupted the ceremony. Sister-in-law took a football to the side of the head. Boys were hitting each other with dress socks filled with sand. You know the drill. But one exceptionally ultra-cool thing was the […]

Bear with me

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I know I just wrote about homosexuality and Christianity the other day, but I’ve got some more stuff to get off my chest, so bear with me. First up, I’d like to thank my readers (both of you) for being either a much more tolerant or a much more apathetic lot than some of those […]

Everything’s going to be okay?

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Think back to the last time you were in a real bind. Remember?…when your ocelot desperately needed that gall bladder transplant and the world was screeching to a halt? Remember?…when your garden gnome collection caught fire in that freak electrical storm? Life, as we know it, could not go on. Stop and think of that […]

Man Date

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Okay, I'll acknowledge, my last two posts have been kind of a buzzkill. And, on balance, that's not what life is. So when Brad e-mailed me about going mountain biking tonight, I was totally ready. And when I found out Eric was going to join us? (See photo above: "Where are you, Eric?") Even better. […]

2 much 2 do

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Ah, the age-old conundrum when presented with a perfectly glorious Sunday. Fun or productive? So many things around here that would feel so good to have done. Two cars filled with a winter’s worth of accumulated crap. A rain garden choked with last fall’s gutter flotsam. The gasping remnants of a lawn clogged with thatch, […]