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As the first half of 2018 comes to a close, the second half starts very different than it has for the last 17 years. On the horizon is the annual family beach trip, the unofficial, and completely artificial bookend of a year of family life. It’s a time for reflection, connection, and simply being… with […]

On this day fathers are honored. But the truth is it is an honor to be a father. An honor to be given a precious life to care for, understand, nurture, challenge, nudge, push, and love no matter what. No backup plan. My life does not change on this day, not one bit. I do […]

Recently, it occurred to me that one of the most important decisions I ever made happened in the summer of 1967. Back then adults always seemed to ask kids, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” In ’67 the answers were much different, but it seems today the “growing up” question is […]

On this father’s path, I often straddle the line of past and present on the way to the future. It seems harder to be a kid now, but maybe not. When I think of the challenges of growing up back then, it seems much like today with different trimmings. You can argue about the impact […]

Recently, I wrote an article for a Psychology journal on the emotional life of boys. The words were inspired by a pro basketball player, who by all accounts “has it all.” Apparently what he didn’t have was a sense of self that included peace. It’s hard because the playbook for boys starts early and is […]

Ace has always had a way of talking to us. On Friday, April 27th, 2018, Ace told us his work here is done. For over a decade Ace would officially start the day by retrieving the morning newspaper. The ritual has been steadfast, though its textures have changed through the years. But on this morning […]

There is something grounding in streaks, clusters of similar events that come in many flavors. In the early days of fatherhood, I would amuse myself (for the sake of sanity) keeping my fatherly ledger of: blown out diapers when you are just strapping in the minivan; shoes kicked off in the back seat when you […]