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With the entire beach – sand and water and toys – available to them, my children are naturally drawn to the thrill of a pile of dirt.

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I met a person in Brazil named Judy. If you ever travel to Sao Paulo and need a fascinating person to guide you, Judy is the person to hire. She is a Canadian who has been living in Brazil for almost a decade after having spent the previous decade backpacking solo in more than 40…

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Brazil was only the second country outside the United States that I visited, so some of my observations may apply to many other places and probably do. But in terms of my experiences, here is a list of notable observations from my recent trip to Brazil: Dessert is a big deal in Brazil. It’s eaten…

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Can we all agree that “Hate is a strong word” is a statement that never needs to be said ever, ever again? First, it’s not exactly a new concept. In fact, it’s used so often that it’s become a reflexive retort for some people. Yes, we all know that hate is a strong word. We…

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A while ago, I was interviewed by Jeff Rutherford for his Reading & Writing podcast. It’s a 30 minute conversation about my writing process, productivity, and many other things.  

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I have worked as a DJ at more than 400 weddings over the past 19 years, including: A groom’s first and second wedding (different women each time) My ex-girlfriend’s wedding My other ex-girlfriend’s wedding My wife’s ex-boyfriend’s wedding My ex-wife’s ex-husband’s wedding (where I also served as the minister)

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I’m not sure who is funnier here; The guy lip-syncing the songs or the annoyed woman sitting beside him. Either way this video brought great joy to my heart.

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My kids were playing in the backyard with the hose. Clara, my six year-old daughter shouts: “Charlie, I can’t spray your penis because I can’t see it!”

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There have been so many unexpected benefits to my teaching career, but none have been more surprising than the lifelong relationships that I have established with so many of my students. I first got to know these people as seven or eight or ten year-old children, and so many of them are now adults who…

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