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A Brief Conversation with My Daughter

“Sheesh! You’re online all day doing that ‘social networking’ thing! Why don’t you go outside and get some fresh air? Don’t you have any real friends?” “These are my real friends! Stop bugging me! You just don’t understand my generation!” … Continue reading

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Running Away

I’d threatened many times to join the circus or go live on a raft on the Mississippi like Tom and Huck. But that wasn’t the case this time. It was some since-forgotten atrocity—homework? weekend chores? (I still hate vacuuming)—that led … Continue reading

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There Must be a Pony!

Last week we found out someone had stolen a credit card out of our mail box, activated it, and bought themselves a top-of-the-line computer from the Apple Store! Um, Merry Christmas? (Yes, we’ve disputed the charge.) The next day we … Continue reading

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Real Fatherhood

During self-introductions a college student of mine once boasted that he’d fathered 11 children by 11 different mothers. I normally avoid judgmental statements. Not this time. “Do you support them?” I asked. “Uh, no!” he said with a grin. “Then … Continue reading

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My Father’s Apple Trees

(See video below) My dad (lower right hand corner) was a compact kid whose four big sisters called him “Wee Willy.” But he was a scrapper. Bigger and tougher inside than out. At 15, he forged his parent’s signature and … Continue reading

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I’m So Clever

Every time I quote myself or invite people to follow my blog I realize I’m still just that little kid on the playground shouting, “Mommy, look at me!” or “Daddy, watch what I can do!” My family calls these “I’m … Continue reading

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Parenting Illustrated

Raising a Toddler: Raising a Teenager: Parent’s School Experience: Child’s School Experience: Parent’s Goals for Teenager: Teenager’s Goals: Off to College! After College: Any Questions?

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