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Daddy Daydreamer

How remembering my grandfather helps me see the beauty in life

We smiled and nodded a lot, but we still connected in our own manner

Statue of grandfather with grandchild

Photo: Freeimages.com – Tom Low

I relish the quiet of a predawn run. Focus on the cadence of my footfalls, breathe the crisp morning air.

I pass the local technical college and notice an older gentleman, leaning on a pillar. He sports glasses; his frame, slight, thin; grey hair combed over scalp. Stares into the ether of a dewy sky.

. . .

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November 23, 2017

Some Jehovah's Witnesses got me thinking about faith, myths and stories

A morning diversion turned into a philosophical discussion

Flash of light

Photo: Freeimages.com – Prashant Jambunathan

People knock on my door. They try to sell me things, ask for donations, or impart some sort of spiritual wisdom.

One morning, the doorbell rang as I tidied the kitchen. I opened the door. Two well-dressed people kindly presented themselves.

“Hi there,” a curly haired, soft-spoken . . .

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November 02, 2017

How I rekindled my dreams

I want to dream big, like when I was a kid

Be it resolved that I will become the greatest writer that I can be. Be it resolved that I will be me.

This post contains coarse language which may be offensive to some readers.

I used to dream big. Until I grew up. Adulthood is where my dreams died.

Lately, I've had inklings of creative momentum percolate through my brain. I can't deny this desire to be more than a rat in a race.

But it seems so hard to extricate myself from the . . .

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October 19, 2017

You came into this world—a blessing

A poem for my younger son, who turned 8

Dad and baby 2

You came into this world—a blessing

you came into this world
a blessing
wrapped in love, a cry
your journey began
taller i stand
when i'm holding
your hand

i put you to sleep
kiss on the cheek
i look at the clock
think of skipping rocks
with you

time has warped by
minutiae of life
through joy
through strife
i see you, baby
no longer so young
. . .

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October 03, 2017

My child flipped out—staying calm wasn't easy

Dealing with kids' anger is a tricky thing

Angry lemon

Photo: Freeimages.com – Roman Volkov

This post contains coarse language.

It's amazing how quickly things can go from happy to shit show.

One minute everything's fine. Then someone gets angry, seemingly out of nowhere. But if you examine further, there's often an underlying issue, some resentment that's been festering.

My boys were . . .

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September 29, 2017

GMC says being a good father, friend or son isn't good enough

"Like a pro" commercial: Inspirational or perfection-obsessed?

GMC truck on bridge

Photo: Freeimages.com – Kevin Copple

I was watching a football game on television with my sons, when a GMC commercial appeared. From a marketing perspective, their “Like a Pro” campaign is well-crafted, and targets its demographic (white-collar, upper-middle-class males) well.

The ad starts with an inspiring musical . . .

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September 21, 2017

My parents have been married 50 years and they're still going strong

Of the many things they've taught me, three stand out

Family circa late 1970s

Fifty years equals 2,607 weeks. Fifty years equals 18,250 days. Fifty years equals 438,000 hours. Fifty years is a long time.

But love helps time pass quickly. So, it’s safe to say—fifty years have zoomed by for my parents.

My mom and dad recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. They've been married five decades! I’ve . . .

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August 25, 2017

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