Tag Archives: fatherhood

Close Enough to Norman

Christmas morning came early yesterday, announced by the footfalls of our grandkids running up and down the hall as they tried to rouse their parents.  Apparently parent-rousing is harder than grand-parent rousing … Muri and I found ourselves sitting in … Continue reading

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Have Yourself a Melancholy Christmas

It is likely a reflection of my personality that, as much as I love the holidays, I’ve always found them bittersweet.   And as I get older, it is truer than ever.  My precious Christmas memories are further behind me and … Continue reading

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Little Hackers

About five weeks ago, I wanted to put a smile on my daughter’s face, so I texted her:  I think I’d like to buy you a Kindle Fire HD.  Are you interested?  Although she protested politely, I ordered her one … Continue reading

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Monday Smiles -10/29/2012

These are my two favorite anecdotes about my no-longer-children, Aaron and Amy, from a thousand years ago when they were actually kids.   I posted them a long time ago on a legacy blog I’ve been gradually building called A Dad’s … Continue reading

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Monday Smiles – 10/15/2012

Last Wednesday, when I arrived home from volunteering at the local 12-Step office, my son was waiting for me.  I have some bad news, he said.  Jake passed away.   Jake was my son’s age, 38.   In the years from 1980 … Continue reading

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Friday Favorites 9/29/2012

Muri and I were married in August of 1968.  Even though we came from different religious backgrounds, we had similar values, including a belief in the sanctity of marriage and a desire to have children.  As many couples did then, … Continue reading

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Words and Music

On the way home from seeing Ottmar Liebert at the Orange County Fair Sunday night, I asked Muri if she enjoyed it.  Yes, she answered, But can I ask you something without you getting mad?  Didn’t all of his songs … Continue reading

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Legacy Blogging

In the last ten years of his life … at least until the very end … my Dad experienced a kind of Renaissance in his life.   He had been living alone in the little house I grew up in since … Continue reading

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Kid Stuff

Each of my grankids is a talker.  Reed is the thinker, at seven years old more inclined to talk when he can get my full attention.   Maddux, 5, is our question-man.   He wants to know what’s going on and why.   … Continue reading

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Road Trip Crazies

Muri and I have never been fond of road trips.  Getting older has not changed that … if anything, it’s made them harder.   Old bones don’t like being stuck in a car for hours on  end and register their displeasure … Continue reading

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