My snow days are numbered

My snow days are numbered

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Yesterday my youngest son checked the snow day calculator (yes, there really is such a thing) and was delighted to report that there was a high probability that there would be a snow day today. Sure enough, school was canceled and we are stuck inside as the wind and snow swirl outside. Despite the fact

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The Girlfriend

The Girlfriend

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We met her the weekend of his college graduation. Although they had only been together a few months, we already knew she was special to our son. She sat with us during commencement and a few people asked if she was our daughter because she has similar coloring to our youngest son. I tried to

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A Thanksgiving Welcome Home

A Thanksgiving Welcome Home

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The days are starting to get shorter and colder and that means Thanksgiving — one of my favorite holidays — will be here in no time at all. I love everything about Thanksgiving: family togetherness, the food, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and the fact that everyone in the U.S. celebrates

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A letter to my sons

A letter to my sons

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I was recently reflecting on my relationship with my sons and came to the realization that there are a few things I wish would change. For the most part, I have a pretty strong and close bond with my three boys. However, I admit that I am somewhat unsatisfied with the communication aspect of our

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Freshman year of life

Freshman year of life

I recently had the opportunity to spend time with my oldest son’s girlfriend and a group of her friends. (They had just returned from a camp reunion and were bringing back a car they’d borrowed for their weekend adventure.) We began talking about the difficulties transitioning from school to the real world can present; they

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Why I worry less

Why I worry less

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According to Malcolm Gladwell and the 10,000 rule, you need to do something for 10,000 hours before becoming world-class at it. Not just good, phenomenal. If that theory holds true, I am pretty much unparalleled at telling a child to go do his homework. In fact, I have stated that I want the phrase “Is

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