"Times change," said the philosopher. "People change. Situations change. Relationships change. The only thing constant is change."

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Jun
26
Posted at 1:34 pm

It started out normally enough. My eldest son, Joe, and I had been arm wrestling on a fairly regular basis for almost as long as he had had arms. I can remember propping up his elbow on a stack of encyclopedias so his hand could reach mine. Of course, his elbow never stayed on the [...]

Jun
18
Posted at 9:38 pm

Jason isn’t exactly a Father’s Day veteran. This Sunday will be, in fact, his first. And not just because he and his wife, Stacy, just had their first child a couple of months ago. Jason doesn’t have much experience with fathers, period. He never knew his father, and his mother wasn’t much of a socializer, [...]

Jun
06
Posted at 11:25 pm

I’m not saying the young woman in the fancy sports car was rude when she cut me off in the fast food restaurant’s drive-through line. On second thought, I am saying that because … well … she was rude. I don’t think she was intentionally rude. It was more of an accidental rudeness. Like she [...]

May
30
Posted at 12:07 am

If memory serves – and let’s face it, memory’s service is becoming less and less reliable these days – I only wanted three things for my high school graduation: a really nice watch, a really good kiss and some idea what the heck I was going to do for the next 60 years or so. [...]

May
22

It would be stretching things to suggest that Memorial Day was Dad’s favorite holiday. Truth be told, he was actually more of a Thanksgiving man. That was a day that called for lots of eating, shooting half-court set shots on the basketball court with the boys and giving long-winded prayers – all specialties of the [...]

May
15
Posted at 1:16 am

It’s the seventh game of an NBA playoff series. The hype has been huge and the play has been intense. Coach A says The Pressure is on Team B because they were the favorites going into the series and are now on the brink of elimination. Coach B says The Pressure is on Team A [...]

May
07
Posted at 11:33 pm

Anita gave birth to our first child nine months to the day after we were married. OK, it was nine months less one day. But who’s counting? So Anita experienced her first Mother’s Day as a mother before she experienced her first wedding anniversary as a wife. And we wouldn’t have had it any other [...]

May
01
Posted at 12:02 am

At first, the screams didn’t register with me. I was standing outside my eldest son Joe’s home last Sunday, saying goodbye to my youngest son, Jon, who was taking his puppy home. It had been a great afternoon visiting with family members as we celebrated my mother-law’s birthday. It wasn’t until my eldest daughter, AmyJo, [...]

Apr
23

Not too long ago my friend – we’ll call her Geri – finished taking her final college exams. She has earned her degree one or two classes at a time. Her grandchildren are very proud. That’s right – grandchildren. Geri is in her 60s. “I may be the only graduate who has to use a [...]

Apr
17

Ollie and I have a strange and wonderful relationship. I think it’s strange to have a pet that is definitionally wild. Ollie thinks it would be wonderful to eat me. Strange. And wonderful. That’s us. Jon, our youngest child who lives at home while going to college, has wanted a dog ever since he was [...]