Tag Archives: parenting

On Being a Real-Life Dad

I confess, I’m cheating a little, since I’ve posted this short dad video before, along with some thoughts on my own dad. But, hey, I’m also a dad, and I’m busy being celebrated today. So just a brief meditation here, … Continue reading

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I Turned Out Like You After All, Dad

Suggestion: Read post below before watching video! My Real Memoir Even when he wasn’t there, Dad was there. He was an invisible presence, like gravity, that kept us from flying off into space. Mom celebrated me just as I was. … Continue reading

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Every Day is Mother’s Day

I took this photo of my wife and our recently-born first child when my wife was exhausted. And yet all I see is her bottomless, heart-melting love. “Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you’re the only person … Continue reading

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Mothers Are Forever

My adult daughters still sometimes seek my advice (or use me as an example of what not to do). But for comfort they always go to Mom—and always will. Still, as Robert A. Heinlein put it, “Being a mother is … Continue reading

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Blueberry Muffins and the End of Everything

Originally posted on It is all Connected:
My three youngest daughters were all up early today. They were spread out in the living room. One reading, one drawing, and one on the iPad. “What muffins today?” they asked. We have…

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Expressing My True Self

My Real Memoir Until you start school, your life revolves around your parents. They can do nothing wrong. Only later, in your teen years, do you realize they can do nothing right, and that your sagely friends and, of course, … Continue reading

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The Last Blog – and Twinkle ⭐️

Originally posted on Mum’s the word:
The best known nursery rhyme in the world, ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’, was written by Jane Taylor, aged 23, in 1806 in her attic, which still exists in Stockwell Street, Colchester. It’s a…

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A Christmas Story Remix

Guest Blog by Tracy K. Ard Don’t be fooled by the adorable faces of Tracy’s three children (below). Life with them, according to Dad, is a mixture of A Christmas Story and Dave Barry’s worst (or best) nightmare. If you’ve … Continue reading

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It Is My Place

Originally posted on Diamonds in Dark Places:
“My dad will help you.” It was the second time in as many days that my two-year-old granddaughter had uttered this sentiment. “My dad will help.” Her dad, unfortunately, was in Hawaii vacationing…

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My Experiment in Becoming Human

The Key to Fulfilling God’s Promise I recently wrote about my goal of talking less and listening more, of focusing more on others. This, I concluded, meant altering my habit of speaking all of my thoughts aloud. However, there’s often … Continue reading

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