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PERSONAL HEALTH 1. Don’t die. Done! So far… 2. Lose 20 pounds. I have gained two pounds in 2015, which means I need to lose 22 pounds in 2015. Well done, Matt.   3. Do at least 100 push-ups and 100 sit-ups five days a week. Done. I added a plank every morning as well. 4.…

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I was wrestling with my two year-old son. He was climbing all over me. Squeezing my face. Tickling me. Standing on my chest. Throwing himself onto my head. Then he stopped. Frowned. Pointed at my chest. “Ew,” he said. “Yucky! What dat?” I looked. I saw. “That’s your booger, Charlie. Your giant booger on my…

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It was bedtime. Clara and I were fighting over her new Elsa doll. I argued that Elsa wanted to be my friend and hang out with me tonight. Clara said that Elsa hated me, which wasn’t nice. She grabbed Elsa from my hands, held her up in front of me, and then leaned in and…

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A student from my very first class, way back in 1999, sent me this photo. It’s actually a screen grab from a video that they were watching. It’s me, of course. I was probably 29 or 30 at the time. My first and only thought was this: How could anyone hire someone so young to…

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My daughter celebrated her sixth birthday on Sunday. When she turned two years-old, I posted a list of lessons learned from two years of parenting. I updated that list when she turned four. In truth, I raised a step-daughter for ten years as well, so I’ve been a parent a lot longer than just six…

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If you’re not already listening to Slate’s The Gist, the daily podcast hosted by Mike Pesca, here’s another reason to do so: I’ll be appearing on The Gist as a part of a new project that seeks to teach the art of storytelling to listeners. Whether you are telling stories at a dinner party or…

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