Ya gotta laugh!

My laugh is loud. It can be really loud.  My wife likes to tease me on how loud my laugh can get. She once claimed that it starts out as a giggle and builds to a volcanic eruption. I'm not sure I completely agree, but there's no denying that it’s what some might call a... Continue Reading →

The trip to the ER

I carried our young daughter into the emergency room. I had one arm holding her back and another underneath her legs, cradling her in my arms. My wife followed closely by my side. The nurse at the front desk took one look at the three of us from behind her monitor and pointed to a... Continue Reading →

Making the most of every second!

My wife and I have seen the same horrible pattern lately. We went out to dinner the other night and got some bad news about some distant friends. It keeps cropping up in the lives of friends, family members, and acquaintances.  It goes like this: A couple spends a lifetime working to build a family... Continue Reading →

A mistaken identity

She had the same wispy, gray hair and hesitant smile that I remembered. I was out for a walk a few weeks ago and walked by a house where an old lady, bundled in a jacket, rocked back and forth in a rocking chair on her porch. I could hear her humming and old religious... Continue Reading →

New year, new man

Tick, tick, tick, another year has passed.  Weren’t we just here? Didn’t we just celebrate the start of the new year? I swear I turned on the television yesterday and Ryan Seacrest and host of other New Year's Eve commentators were talking about how challenging 2020 had been and how we were all looking forward... Continue Reading →

The day Santa died

When I was a kid, I never liked to sit on Santa Claus’ lap. My mom used to keep our family photos in an old shoe box that we kept in a closet, I don’t think there’s one picture of me with the big guy. I loved what Santa brought me, but I wanted no... Continue Reading →

Happy Days!

I have about 60 miles to travel until I hit the city. I couldn't be more carefree. Most days, I get by on coffee and a biting sarcasm that borders on gallows humor. However, if you cut me open today, I think I would bleed rainbows, unicorns, and butterflies.  I’m the happiest I’ve been in... Continue Reading →

Marriage is hard work

I call this the warts and all column.  My wife and I have been together for more than 28 years. When we tell people that we’ve been together that long, they ooh and aww, but I never feel like I’m properly explaining what it means. They're thinking long carefree walks in the park, full of long... Continue Reading →

Standing the test of time

My son stops halfway up our stairs and then turns to come back downstairs. He thanks us for letting him have his friends over for a late-night chat about music. He lets out a big yawn and comes over to my wife and I and gives us a big hug.  His hug never gets old.... Continue Reading →

Wedding bells and smiling faces on the page

The faces staring back at me look so young. They’re happy and full of smiles. There’s some nervousness too, but excitement about the wedding taking place in a few minutes. There’s my sister-in-law in her maid of honor dress and my best man looking dapper in his black tux. There’s lots of family members, college... Continue Reading →

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