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Personal Musings

The snake and the vine

Do your eyes and ears deceive you? Has the shade of your perception been primed by wrong speech and wrong view?

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Dear kids, stop calling my shorts “a bathing suit”

A poem in free verse.

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My Little Anti-Authoritarians

Authority? Meh.

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Mikey, the Ninja Turkey: A Thanksgiving Tale, As Told By My Five Year Old Son

Let’s switch gears to something more lighthearted with Thanksgiving just around the corner. In a kindergarten class project titled “I’m Not a Turkey,” I sat down with my son, Henry, earlier this week to write a story about a turkey…

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Memoir Nonfiction

Babies Have Soft Spots on Their Skulls

My sister recently gave birth. It was her second—this time a girl; small, beautiful, long fingered. Upon visiting her in the hospital, I was reminded of how delicate a newborn is. Also, in this post, I digress slightly on the topic of grocery shopping at Harris Teeter with my son Henry

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Ready or Not, Here I Come

Four years ago today, my son Henry came into the world. It was a rather spectacular entrance being that the attending nurse and doctor for my wife had just left and gone upstairs to eat lunch when my wife looked at me and said, “He’s coming.”

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Memoir Nonfiction

Gentle, Little Bird

Fragile, she lay in my arms, as my wife placed the medicine dropper to her mouth. Like nursing an injured little bird back to health, I thought. Against my chest, I could feel her compacted warmth against me. She wouldn’t take to my wife’s breast in the beginning, so this is how we fed her those first few weeks of life.

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Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: A Brief Book Review

A brief book review of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids, by Dr. Laura Markham, and why every parent should throw away all of their other parenting books and un-bookmark all of their favorite parenting blogs, and just buy this book—like right now

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I Miss Your Speech Impediment

A love letter to my daughter and her passing speech impediment

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Stuff My Three Year Old Son Said Today: Volume 2 (A Halloween Special)

It’s the day before Halloween, and my three year old son sure did come through for me in “Stuff My Three Year Old Son Said Today: Volume Two (A Halloween Special).”

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Stuff My Three Year Old Son Said Today: Volume 1

I feel like I need to make this a series of some sort… some ongoing diary cataloguing the usually hilarious, sometimes insightful things my three year old son says. Well, here goes.

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Nonfiction Memoir

A father’s letter to his children on Father’s Day

A dad writes a love letter to his children on creativity, courage, laughter, and the importance of good dental hygiene.

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Ten Things You Shouldn’t Say To Your Pregnant Wife Who is Full Term and Could Go Into Labor Any Minute

Your wife is pregnant. You aren’t. Here are some things you should never say.