Bad Language

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One of the first changes new parents make involves cleaning up whatever bad language habits they’ve developed throughout their child-free years. Even when the baby is much too young to understand, as parents we try to fill the air around them with pleasant thoughts and happy words. [ Read More ]

Warm Thoughts

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This morning was another extremely cold start to the school week here in Wisconsin. [ Read More ]

Sock War

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Every guy dreams of building a man-cave in his basement, compete with a bar, game room, and big-screen TV. During remodeling, visions of football parties and poker games fill your head in anticipation. But when you have two boys, the man-cave soon turns into a fun-house for kids. [ Read More ]

Football and The Talk

When my son was seven years old, he was already an avid competitor in multiple sports and was now entering the realm of fully-padded tackle football. [ Read More ]

The Scarf

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A family Christmas gathering is fertile ground for humorous stories…especially when a “white elephant” gift exchange is involved. [ Read More ]

Grits: A Family Dish

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A family tries out grits for the first time and had a great time! But after a bit of fun with their new favorite food, they were in for a surprise. [ Read More ]

Little Shy Felipe

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Driving a school bus in a growing community presents some unique opportunities, especially when one of your routes involves an ethnically diverse mix of four and five-year olds. When the school year begins, many of these kids don’t speak any English. [ Read More ]

Hailey’s Big Sister

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One of the parents along my bus route always greeted her 5-year-old daughter, Hailey, at the foot of the driveway where I dropped her off. One day, we arrived a little early so I wasn’t surprised that the mom was not yet outside. [ Read More ]

A Salad Unlike Any Other

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My wife and I were having dinner at a fancy Italian restaurant. The waitress took my wife’s order, then went through the usual options for the side dishes. I wish I was paying attention because I could have avoided a rather embarrassing situation. [ Read More ]

Lost in Thought

One day while eating lunch, I noticed my four-year-old, Alex, staring out the window. He sat motionless in a pensive daze, completely transfixed on something in the back yard. I looked out there to see what was so captivating. Nothing in particular caught my eye. [ Read More ]

Smiles For All