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Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed

When The Knucklehead turned fifteen, I gave him a short stack of books, teen-friendly introductions to philosophy and ethics. Among them was Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris. “This isn’t to induce you to atheism,” I told him. … Continue reading

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My Tattoo

So, I got this tattoo on Friday night. If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, this should surprise you. It sure surprised me. Until about three weeks ago, I was one of those people who figured … Continue reading

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I Was Raised By Feral Lutherans

Parenting is hard. Fun, but hard. Fortunately we have the examples of our own family to guide us, or at least the wisdom passed down from previous generations. Except when we don’t. Parents today can point to dozens of challenges … Continue reading

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The Bride of The Father of The Knucklehead, Part 2

So. As I wrote last week, I’d met and been smitten by a smart, caring, strong, and beautiful not-entirely-non-goofball. Astonishingly, she seemed to hold me in some esteem as well. And The Knucklehead liked her style, whether it was on … Continue reading

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Marking Moments, or The Cluelessness of The Knucklehead

Here’s a trick I learned: You get moments in parenthood. Moments when everything is going right, moments you want to suspend in time and never leave. Sometimes those moments come at Christmas or on birthdays, or on vacations or at … Continue reading

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How Not to Spank

I understand that this is a controversial issue. I understand that my parenting circumstances, like my Knucklehead, are mine and mine alone. As in all parenting issues, take from this what you can. Discard what you can’t. This is how … Continue reading

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Woof.

This morning, moments after I hit “Publish” on this post, My Bride and I will pop in the car and head to The Knucklehead’s college campus for a visit. He’s not all that far away, but we try to give him … Continue reading

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A Road Trip With The Knucklehead

This week… a reminiscence. No more, no less. It’s 2005, and The Knucklehead is ten. Easter comes early this year, which means The Knucklehead’s spring break from school falls before the baseball season, which means our ballpark trip will wait for … Continue reading

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Divorce and The Knucklehead

A few weeks ago, I asked The Knucklehead if there was anything he’d like me to write about. He thought about that for a few minutes and said, “Divorce. You should write about divorce.” No way, I thought. That’s entirely … Continue reading

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In Defense of My Son Turning Out To Be a Total Loser

Look, I’m not proud of it. It’s not like I wanted this to happen. As parents, we have dreams for our children, and we work to make those dreams come true. We want our children to be good people, better … Continue reading

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