Category: parenting and family

Your Hip, Hapless Child

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It’s missionaries, I think. I always talk to missionaries because they can at least put me down as a “maybe” and get more mission-kibble.

Upon First Looking — Really Looking — at My Newly-Paralyzed Dog’s Anus

“This isn’t fun for me, either,” I said. “But let’s get through it.”

Today You Will Wear Jean Shorts

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Don’t be afraid of the inevitable.

Dear John, I’m Not Dead

By the time John was my age, he was dead.

The Shamrock Shake Is A Fixed Point in Time

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I’d been telling my children for a week that, by St. Patrick’s Day, they’d be getting Shamrock Shakes. And not just two of them, like when we go through the McDonald’s drive-thru once every three months and I stoically buy them two ice creams and eat none myself because I Don’t Support McDonald’s. We’d each …

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Frampton Comes Alive

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Frampton Chelsea Barrett, 1996-2014

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Jingle Balrog

Jingle Balrog

We’re not really a Bible-believing family, so when my daughter asked me what Christmas was like in the deep places of the world, I had to consult “The Lord of the Rings.”

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How I Lived To Be 45

Advances in medical technology and attention to Quality of Life considerations like exercise, diet, and stress reduction have increased the average lifespan, but it is still a miracle of science — or maybe an offense to nature — to live to the age of 45.

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A Box of Free Grapefruit

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There are times I want to pick up the phone and call my late father.

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Winnie the Pooh Is A Horrible Role Model

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“One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.” ? A.A. Milne, “Winnie the Pooh” Something happens when adults tell stories to children other than their own. We’re aware of a restless, judgmental audience who at the same time we don’t need to feed and dress. That is why …

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