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Father’s Day 2016

This was my Father’s Day highlight… working with an inconsolable Arlo to build a device capable of retrieving his “laser” from the toilet. Linette was in Florida this past weekend, and I just hung out with the kids. We ran around the sprinkler, hung out at the local pool, cooked out with neighbors, and stayed […]

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I lack the follow-through to be a good parent

Occasionally I have good ideas. Or at least I used to. In reading through some of my writing from before Clementine was born, a little over 11 years ago now, I was reminded of this. I had ambitious plans. Sadly, though, most of these plans went out the window once the realities of fatherhood began […]

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“Death in the Tub… Is your child bathing with a killer?!”

Inspired by the television news folks, who, every February, ratchet up the sensationalism to DEFCON 1 during sweeps week, and break out their best “Is your toothbrush covered in microscopic traces of feces?” story, I snatched a few squirting bath toys away from Alro this evening, after seeing a little bit of black scum leak […]

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Advice for new parents… and Arlo

The kids at Clementine’s school asked Linette and me to come in a little while ago. They wanted to throw us a baby shower. It was super sweet. The big surprise, which Clementine had managed to keep from us up until that point, was that all the kids had collaborated on a book full of […]

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On reading to my daughter, and the onset of post-Harry Potter depression

I know there are other books… We certainly enjoyed reading all of L. Frank Baum’s original Wizard of Oz books together, before we entered the world of Harry Potter, and we love the books of Daniel Pinkwater… But this was different. No matter how things had gone for either of us during the day, no […]

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