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Sharing toothbrush or not

There are three kinds of people in the world: Those who would never, ever share their toothbrush with another person. Those who might grudgingly share their toothbrush with their spouse or child or someone similarly intimate if necessary. Those who would share their toothbrush with almost any other person I’m in category 3, but I…

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Maher’s questions plus a couple of my own

Bill Maher is a comedian I like very much because he says things I love and hate. Sometimes, I agree with him entirely. Other times, I think he’s wrongheaded and dumb. But I like that. I enjoy being challenged. I think opposition to my ideas is healthy and productive. Unlike so many people who seem…

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Why Elysha fell in love with me

Years ago, someone asked my wife, Elysha, when she first started falling in love with me. Thankfully, I was standing beside her when this question was asked. My assumption, of course, was that she took one look at me, swooned, and fell head over heels in love. This, it turns out, was not the case. …

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Laundry disaster

Not only were there nine unmatched socks in Charlie’s laundry basket, but there were also no matched pairs. Just nine random socks. How is this even possible?

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Father’s Day joy and outrage

My Father’s Day was all I could have ever wanted. Also slightly disappointing. My best version of Father’s Day would be one filled with nonstop fun, and that was certainly the case for me. It started at sunrise with nine holes of golf with my friends. I didn’t play great, but I didn’t play poorly…

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The Boston Celtics are world champions, and I was there to watch it happen

I’ve been very fortunate as a serious sports fan. In my lifetime, I’ve been lucky enough to watch: Six New England Patriots Super Bowl championships Seven New York Yankees World Series championships One Boston Bruins Stanley Cup championship And up until last night, four Boston Celtics NBA championships The Yankees and Celtics won other championships…

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I’ll miss my friends

Today is the first of my summer vacation. The school year ended last Thursday, but after dismissing my students at the end of the day, I drove for two hours straight to Logan Airport, where I took off for Arizona, where I was speaking on Friday morning. Then, I returned to the airport and flew…

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Father’s Day gifts I won’t actually use

Of CNN’s “60 practical Father’s Day gifts that your dad will actually use,” I would use exactly four, and I already own three: Battery organizer storage case Electronic cable organizer Martini golf tees The one I would actually use and don’t own: Zero gravity lounge chair The other 56 items—tools, cooking implements, camping gear, personal…

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Reminders about Jesus

As I listen to politicians lean on their belief in Jesus to defend their horrendous policies and beliefs and advocate for Christian nationalism, I thought I’d mention a few facts about the man, at least according to their primary source document: The Bible I’m admittedly not religious, but I’ve read the Bible many times, cover…

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New competitions

If you want to be the best at something but can’t seem to hit a baseball far enough, run fast enough, solve a Rubik’s Cube quickly enough, putt accurately enough, or consume enough hot dogs in ten minutes to be crowned world champion, how about trying (or even inventing) a newer, lesser-known competition like: CarJitsu…

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