Category Archives: Life and how to live it

Sliding the trails

We live right next to one of Raleigh’s Greenway trails, which I’ve enjoyed. I used to ride my bike on it regularly. During the two years prior to Memorial Day Weekend, I rode it exactly three times. Each outing ended … Continue reading

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Dan folds

It was September 12, 2001. I was stuck in Peoria, Illinois, where I’d been when the previous day’s attacks had occurred. I’d come for a communicators’ conference, which had ended early and left me more or less stranded there while … Continue reading

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Watching and learning…and wishing

Eighteen years ago, everything changed for us. That was the day we finally met Christopher, aka Doodlebug, aka Doodle McScootle, aka Scooter, aka CB, aka Mister Christer (those last two words should rhyme, by the way), after a long, nine-month … Continue reading

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Flak in my day…

It starts every year around this time. The cranks take to social media and online comment sections — or worse, they shout at us in person — to belittle and bemoan the idea of having “graduation” for any grade that … Continue reading

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Canteys happen more often?

There’s a lot of angst out there tonight. Has been for a while, but this week has been particularly bad. People are upset about a lot of different things. I was, too. Then I took Matthew to the Canteys. Every … Continue reading

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Newfound friend

I was checking out after this week’s grocery run at Target tonight when a nervous-looking woman, who had left the store only moments before, came back in with her two young kids and a cart still full of groceries. She … Continue reading

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…Under the hood

The capper on yesterday’s list of admittedly first-world problems was a movie spoiler. Something related to being in a theater. So it was only fitting that the turnaround came from being in a theatre (and yes, I intentionally spelled them … Continue reading

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Over the top…

I don’t know how to start this blog entry any more than I knew how to start this day. I only hope the entry ends as well as the day did. I woke up from either a bad dream that … Continue reading

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Silver lining

Twenty-five years ago, at 5:21 p.m. on January 2, our priest pronounced me and Kim “husband and wife.” I’ve already blogged the awkward love story that eventually led to that moment, and I’ve shared a lot about our life together … Continue reading

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Prelude: Twelve songs of Christmas

They say music tames the savage beast. Whoever “they” are, they got the quote wrong. It was actually, “Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast.” Somehow, they mistook a breast for a beast. They’re stupid. Perhaps you can tell … Continue reading

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