When the real thing becomes a letdown

When I was six or seven-years-old, I saw my first drive-in movie. One of my school friends asked me to come along with his family to see the Walt Disney Productions animated feature Robin Hood. I remember being mesmerized. I talked about the night-out for weeks. First I couldn't get over what a treat it was to …

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My 12-year-old voice of reason

A few reflections on a busy week and why my son is grounded.   TGIF. I’m glad the week has come to a close. It’s been a stressful one. We notably took our daughter back to college. While certainly challenging, the week has been stressful in other ways. For example: I had to replace the brakes …

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The Challenges of Move-in Day

The first twenty minutes are the worst. A deep melancholy silence fills the car. You feel like you should say something to your wife to crack the tension, but you’re just not sure what to say. And even if somehow the hum of the tires on the highway mercifully gives you the words that you …

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Bonding over back-to-school worries

I've had several conversations and viewed numerous social media posts over the past two weeks about friends helping pack-up their children for college. And then I had this conversation. We were just two parents concerned about our kids going back-to-school. She told me her worries and I shared mine. We could have been reading from the same list:  --How will our …

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How far we’ve come, how far we have to go

Each August a small college in Wisconsin releases its look at the cultural touchstones that have shaped the lives of students about to enter college. Here's what I've learned from the list. This is an important week. Beloit College, a small college in Wisconsin, releases its annual Mindset List, a compilation of the events, values, and pop …

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How I spent my summer vacation

My thoughts on an out-of-the-ordinary kind of summer. We didn’t get to enjoy the herky jerky excitement of a roller coaster ride at Walt Disney World or Universal Studios in Orlando. (Maybe next year Mickey and Minnie!) We didn’t get to soak up the sun, laying-out on the beach at the Jersey Shore or Outer Banks. We skipped …

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Betcha you can’t put down this blog

I walk into the room straight out of a scene from a James Bond movie. I have on a crisp, blue suit and gray tie. I reek of class and sophistication. I walk with purpose as the crowd steps back to let me through to the center table. A roulette wheel, black jack, poker, the particular …

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The Next Generation of Gold

They were as different as night and day. One wasn’t much taller than me, competed in a sport I had never watched before, and came from a country far removed from what I knew. She said little and in a language I didn’t understand, but oh how she let her performance do the talking, packing …

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‘With a little help from my friends’

When you hear former NFL Quarterback Jake Plummer describe Pat Tillman, who left a lucrative NFL career to become a U.S. Army Ranger and who died in a friendly fire incident in 2006, you find yourself wishing that you would have had the chance to get to know him too. “I met Pat my sophomore year …

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Yikes, I messed up: The power of failure

I failed. Failed. Failed with a capital F. I looked the woman in the eye. I knew I her from high school, but I still asked her to spell out her name. She said it fast, but I got what I needed. I meticulously wrote down her comment and raced back to the newsroom. When …

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