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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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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College graduation takes a village

College graduation takes a village

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My oldest daughter is about to graduate from college. I’m excited, looking forward to the ceremony, the pomp and circumstance, the speakers who will tell her and her classmates how smart and accomplished they are, the impact their lives can have on the world, how much is still ahead for them. The rest of the

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Life lessons

Life lessons

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With commencement season upon us, it’s time to reflect on the growth our children have experienced during their college years. I am not referring to academic and interpersonal accomplishments, but rather the life lessons they learned along the way. These were the moments that caused us to smack our foreheads with the palms of our hands

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Chloe’s graduation balloons

Chloe’s graduation balloons

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Another last Monday morning. I head out to work for the almost-final day of the school year. Summer is looming in the northwest corner of Washington, but the skies are typical gray, swollen and threatening to burst. In three days I’ll be set free on summer break. In my mind, Alice Cooper belts out the

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Coping with a family emergency

Coping with a family emergency

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My daughter, in her final semester of college, working hard to finish senior projects in addition to being on production crews for a number of theater shows (among her many college responsibilities), faced a difficult decision when her grandmother landed in the hospital with an unexpected and serious condition. How should she manage her conflicting

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The empty nest isn’t

The empty nest isn’t

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I thought dropping my youngest off for her first year of college would feel a little like falling off a cliff, a jarring change in life both traumatic and inevitable. The downside would be an empty house filled with long delayed projects and no more excuses putting them off. The upside would be more free

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