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MY LIFE AS A SPORTS-OBSESSED #GIRLDAD

October 26, 2022

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I remember well my early parental worries about a future in which I would have less interest in my daughters’ endeavors than my own father did in mine. We were the definition of a sports family and I found it very unlikely that my little girly-girls would follow similar athletic pursuits. Kinda sexist, I know, but…

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MY FINAL TESTE SCORE

October 5, 2022

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Some personal news five years in the making…

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STAR WARS EPISODE IX: THE SMITTY CUT

June 23, 2022

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As I closed out of the last episode of a very satisfying “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series on Disney+, it got me thinking about how dissatisfied I was as I walked out the cinema after “The Rise Skywalker” a few years ago. The ending was just so … anticlimactic. Below is my own alternate conclusion to the Skywalker saga, which I can only get out of my head on random nights at 3 a.m. by committing it into writing here.

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NOT ENTIRELY WOKE UP

August 12, 2021

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I have a few friends and acquaintances who regularly lament about our “politically correct” culture … the stereotype of all white people as bigots … the labeling of conservatives and Christians as uneducated and ignorant. It’s unfair and untrue, they say.

That’s not me, though. Or, at least that’s how I felt until yesterday morning, when I had an epiphany.

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UNDER COVER

September 29, 2020

I wear a mask.

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NOT ENOUGH TOMORROWS

February 4, 2020

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Last week, my childhood best friend died – suddenly and unexpectedly. Amidst the grief, I’ve also felt a lot of guilt these past few days. Guilt for lazily not returning his last phone call. Guilt for being a less attentive friend to him than he was to me. Guilt for not making time.

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IF I WAS THE NRA’S PR GUY…

August 5, 2019

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Alternate title: “Why I’ll Never Be the NRA’s PR Guy.”

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THE E-NOTE

May 28, 2019

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Today would have been my late mother-in-law’s 71st birthday. She’s been gone for 6+ months now and she’s still sorely missed.

But why dwell on sadness when you have a lifetime of humor to look back on? I’m going to honor her memory here by sharing my favorite personal story. To those who didn’t know Lori, you can be sure the conversation you’re about to read was 100% on brand for her. While this took place almost 20 years ago, it’s so seared in my memory that this is pretty close to verbatim

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NORDONIA’S BIG ISSUE

April 15, 2019

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On May 7, my local school district, Nordonia Hills, will make its second attempt to pass Issue 3, its first levy since 2011. It’s been a contentious issue in the community and failed by a razor thin margin in November. I support the levy, just as I did last fall, and I hope my comments here might persuade a few of my fence-sitting neighbors to do the same.

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UPDATE (May 7, 2019): Issue 3 passed with nearly 60% of the vote. I’m proud of my neighbors for stepping up and demonstrating their pride for the community and our kids.


HIGH STANDARDS

April 11, 2019

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My daughter took her first round of standardized tests last fall – the ones that are apparently the singular determining factor whether or not she passes on to fourth grade. Never mind her social skills. Never mind her quarterly report cards. Never mind her teacher’s own opinions on her intelligence, maturity or growth. It was this test or bust.

And she failed. Spectacularly.

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A MIGHTY FOUR

October 4, 2018

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(A letter to Emilia on her 4th birthday … to be read on her 18th.)

You’re a big kid now!

Every day, your world expands ever so slightly and, more importantly, becomes a bit more accessible. Watching you jump into every new experience with unrestrained enthusiasm – learning, experimenting, exploring – is a joy to watch. You’re curious and fearless. Your carefree spirit and zest for life are infectious.

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A CHIEF CONCERN

April 7, 2018

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Earlier this year, the Cleveland Indians announced that the 2018 season will be the last for the Chief Wahoo logo.

And, hoo boy, are people pissed.

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PRINCIPLES VS. PROFITABILITY

February 27, 2018

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Recently, Delta Airlines (which is based in Atlanta) decided to end a travel discount program for NRA members. In response the GOP-controlled legislature in Georgia threatened to eliminate a fuel tax break it gives to the company. Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, a frontrunner for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, tweeted, “I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA. Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.

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UNCLEAN BILL OF HEALTH

December 2, 2017

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I’ve been trying and failing for several months to post my feelings about the state of healthcare in the U.S. (I favor universal coverage, if you can believe it). I’ve started and stopped close to a dozen times.

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FROM PRODUCE AISLE TO PARENTHOOD

November 1, 2017

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I never answer calls from unknown numbers. But this time, for some reason, I did.

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