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Following in his father’s footsteps. Kind of…

Big week for Charlie. Earlier in the week, he came home with his trumpet, and with just two lessons under his belt, he seems remarkably adept at playing it. His tone is good and his stamina is already impressive. He’s been walking all over the neighborhood, trumpet in hand, playing it constantly in between playing…

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It wasn’t a fish bone

Back in August, I made a list of my 18 visits to the emergency room over the course of my life, which included: 2011: Bay leaf caught in throat (ambulance) Readers asked about this item, wondering what the hell happened. Here is the story: Back in the fall of 2011, Elysha and I were having…

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Good advice from Gary Paulsen

Author Gary Paulsen passed away yesterday at the age of 82. Paulsen was a young adult author best known for coming of age stories about the wilderness. He was the author of more than 200 books over the course of his storied career, and he also wrote more than 200 magazine articles,  short stories, and…

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John and me and my stupidity.

Last week I wrote a post complaining about a couple who posed for a piece on the supposed trend of solomoons or unimoons, criticizing both their yearlong honeymoon and their willingness to publicize the existence of their yearlong honeymoon, which included three months apart, in the New York Times. My storytelling friend, John, reached out…

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Little did I know how things would turn out…

This photo, taken in September of 2004 at Camp Jewell in Colebrook, CT, was handed to me by a fifth grader last week. “My mom wanted you to see this,” she said. Her mom is sitting in the front row of the photo, all the way on the right, huge smile on her face. She…

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Friends are mean because they love you.

The podcast Smartless is hosted by actors and friends Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett. The format of the show is simple: Each week they interview a celebrity guest. Actor, writer, musician, athlete… But the joy of the show has little to do with the people who they are interviewing. They could be speaking…

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Confidence in our marriage

Standing inside Ben & Jerry’s yesterday, Charlie turned to Elysha, and entirely unprompted, said, “Mom, you didn’t make a mistake marrying Dad.” Elysha looked confused. “I didn’t think I made a mistake,” she said. A few seconds later, he turned to me and said, “Dad, you didn’t make a mistake marrying Mom, either.” Where does…

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Speak Up Storytelling: Virtual, free, and must-see

Not your typical post, but slightly more important than the usual drivel… Hope to see you there! Speak Up Storytelling and Voices of Hope is excited to announce the seventh Speak Up Showcase on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 at 2 p.m. EST. The show will feature survivors and descendants of the Holocaust and the Rwandan…

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Some honeymoons are too long

I was anxious to read about the concept of the solo honeymoon – this alleged shift in nuptial vacation wherein newlyweds go on separate honeymoons, called unimoons or solomoons, rather than vacationing together following their wedding. The New York Times published a piece on this new trend, which I tend to think is far less…

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Good riddance, stupid fairy-hating Matt

On Saturday, Elysha, the kids, and I went to visit the annual Fairy House display at Winding Trails. Families, Girl Scout troops, and others spend months building elaborate fairy houses that are then spread out across a path in the forest. Visitors walk through, examining each one, before ending our walk at the edge of…

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