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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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Hearty birthday wishes

Matthew, four years ago, I wrote a piece for my Midtown column, ruminating on the emotions I felt about your brother turning ten. I vowed to do the same thing for you, but the scope of my column changed this … Continue reading

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Nonsensorship

This has been an angry week, between the abortion flap in state news and the debt ceiling flap (do I really need to provide a link?) in national news. Almost everyone I know — including myself — is stewing over one view or … Continue reading

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Inviting criticism

Remember that contentment I mentioned yesterday? It’s fading fast. And I blame Cub Scouts. First is their Academics and Sports Program, aka Belt Loops. It’s a great way for Scouts to earn bling in specific categories — sort of a younger version … Continue reading

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The elephant in the womb

Find out how gas pains changed our life 10 years ago, right here.    

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Father bother, Day 6

Under normal circumstances, today would have been a chance to recover from this week’s attempts at parenting. But the Pinewood Derby is far from normal circumstances. Kim insisted that we finish Christopher’s car before she left town and I’m glad she did — there’s … Continue reading

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Father bother, Day 4

I’m tired. Hungry. Emotionally drained. Stressed about upcoming deadlines. Scrambling to pull together some samples to mail in for a contest. And wondering if “Entries must be postmarked by January 21″ can be interpreted as “Entries can be postmarked on January … Continue reading

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Father bother, Day 3

Today I didn’t even get everyone downstairs before I screwed up. Technically, it started last night, when I let them stay up past their bedtime. They pulled the old trick of starting a project five minutes before bedtime, opening a … Continue reading

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Father bother, Day 2

I’ve had a nagging feeling all day that I should explain last night’s debacle before someone calls the DSS. The blog made it sound as if I plopped my kids in front of the TV, then left them there so … Continue reading

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Father bother

Kim flew out of town this morning and my first day taking care of the boys, I: forced them to come to my office, where they sat on the floor of a cube grid and played their DSIs for six hours; … Continue reading

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