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“All teenagers smoke pot”

Alright…. I’m gonna call bull shit on this one. Yes, been a while since I posted and sorry my return to blogging starts a little coarsely. I am sick of the low bar of expectation we project on our North … Continue reading

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Raising Teens: Do you ever feel like puking?

Do feelings of being used by your teen ever leave you feel like puking? You love them from the bottom of your heart. You adore them. You celebrate their achievements, give them things you only dreamed of when U were … Continue reading

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Fun?

Well a belated Merry Christmas and an early Happy New Year to everyone! I’ve been preoccupied with much lately… work, family, aging parents… the usual stuff. I have found myself becoming reflective over Christmas time.  A time I mostly enjoy.  … Continue reading

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“…teach them well, let them lead the way…”.

I want to share some reflections on Whitney Houston’s death. Rarely am I interested in celebrities or their lives.  This is not much of an exception.  However, I was in the U.S. when Whitney Houston died and naturally, heard a tremendous … Continue reading

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Amazing moment…

I had an amazing and unexpected moment today.  One that consolidated a number of feelings and confirmed my understanding of some of my pains and longings. I took my elderly father to the Doctor this morning for a routine visit.  … Continue reading

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Every kid should get to go to the fair…

I took my step-son and his friend to our city’s annual fair today.  My wife, who in her busy life does not relish the idea of the chaotic atmosphere of fairs, was grateful that I took on the task.  My … Continue reading

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Leading with the chin

Leading with the chin: A term that analogizes a boxer squaring off with his opponent with his chin exposed as the most vulnerable target.  Basically, setting himself up for failure. I do this.  I often lead with my flawed thinking and emotions.  … Continue reading

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Why 50?

In a conversation with my teenage daughter tonight, I found myself saying that I am looking forward to turning 50 in a few years. “Why 50 Dad”?, my daughter asked.  I didn’t have an immediate answer.  Now, a few hours … Continue reading

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Dads, Step-Dads, lets take the subtle heat.

A shortfall I experience in our culture is that we Dads and Step-Dads often are not willing to take the subtle heat for our families. By subtle heat I mean the less conspicuous injustice and pain of everyday family life.  … Continue reading

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Doing away with woulda, coulda, shoulda

I experienced a new level of freedom when I began to learn to shake off thoughts of woulda, coulda, and shoulda. What are these anyway? I’ve come to the conclusion that they are expectations.  Expectations that may never have been … Continue reading

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