I’ve suffered from writer’s block this week and spent hours, and seven drafts, on a particular piece. No dice, it’s sent back to either the drawing board or round-file. This quote seems to fit: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.” […]
Parenthood was simpler when Kate was four. Life before high school and boys is a foggy memory. I yearn for the toddler years when she bummed rides on my shoulders. I’d gladly relive having a sore neck. Kate’s now sixteen and college is on the horizon. I try not to waste time watching it fly […]
“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Just ask my siblings about our hellish 1976 family jaunt from Colorado to Georgia. We celebrated the nation’s bicentennial by […]
(Previously published in the Chico Enterprise-Record & Hockey Player Magazine, 2012) “It’s shot,” he said. “Are you sure?” I asked. “Positive.” This exchange wasn’t with my mechanic about a fan belt but with an orthopedic surgeon. I tore my anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, one of four ligaments critical to the stability of my knee. “If […]
Category: Father’s Day Anxiety Level: Low Level of Difficulty: Easy (piece of cake) Results of Blowing It: We’re cool Father’s Day is June 16. I decided not to create a trite, over-worked, list of things you can get or do. Dads are easy to figure out.
(Hockey Player Magazine, June 2013) “Head-manning the puck means passing it down the ice…not at your own guy’s head.”- Wayne Marshall, Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame I never thought much about prayer before sporting events. I do now but it isn’t to score and win. It’s to implore divine intervention to keep […]
Three of anything can be a good thing. I own three pairs of slacks, three sets of skis, and three hockey jerseys. The slacks decorate my closet and hang next to three dress shirts behind three ties. My wife, Hun, insists I keep them in case we’re invited to a wedding. Over the past 15 […]
Women are supposed to be better than men. Women are the backbone of civilization: They keep families together, nurture relationships, uphold basic standards of morality, and go to the bathroom without making noise.
From Dave Barry in “The History of the Millenium (So Far)”
Whew, my kids saved me from shopping for a sarong. Kate’s text intercepted my brain waves while I strolled through Old Navy with Maggie. We had been there an hour. A sales clerk laid out four sarongs: one pink, one yellow, one blue, and the other green. The clerk gave me the pros and cons […]
Category: Mother’s Day shopping Anxiety Level: Near Panic Level of Difficulty: Extreme Results of Blowing It: Major Brothers, wake-up! Mother’s Day is May 12. Postpone taking down the Christmas lights another week. Run, don’t walk, to shop. This time it’s for mom. But be advised guys, if you have kids your wife is also a […]