Month: July 2014

Before and After

Not long after my wife died, I started seeing a counselor. It was a good thing, I think. It was something I did off and on over the next few years. I thought most of it was good. And helpful. But there were a few things I didn’t agree with. One thing that always struck…

The Thing About Pot Pies

As a single dad, when it comes to cooking, it’s just like the old adage: it’s either sink or swim. Except in this case you get three choices. it’s either learn to cook or go hungry. Or order a pizza from Domino’s. I’m not a cook by nature, more by necessity. I started off with some…

I Was Just Worried About You, Dad

I don’t have professional training in how to worry. But as a parent, I find that it comes quite naturally. Afterall, that’s what we’re supposed to do as parents – worry. My son is going on a trip with a friend? Time to worry. My daughter is going out on a date? Uh-oh. My son is…

Oh Boy! I’m Almost Old Enough to Shave Everyday!!

Ok. I know last year’s birthday was a bit of a letdown. As you may remember, I was hoping to either have singer Sade sing Happy Birthday to me. Or I was hoping for a date with Sheryl Crow. And while neither has indicated if she will be able to make this year’s party, I’m…

The Girlfriend With No Name

Dating has changed a lot for me this second time around. The first time I was single, I was young, geeky, and didn’t have any money. Now, in my second act of dating, I’m old(er), still geeky (maybe geekier – if that’s possible) , have kids, and still don’t have any money. Ok, so maybe…

My son proposes a change to the Constitution

It’s not often that an amendment to the U.S. Constitution can be proposed that is endorsed by almost everyone, but I think my son may be on the right track It all started the other day when my son exclaimed, “That should be against the law!” I immediately FROZE! I wasn’t sure what I had…

Saying thank you while signing books

My first book has been an exciting time for me. Both confidence-building and humbling at the same time. It has been a true honor and blessing. I still find myself surprised, and even somewhat shocked, that people even want to read my book, a book that relays some stories over the past year as well…

Vacation turns into Question-cation

It was nice to get away from the grind of being off from teaching this summer by taking a vacation. However, if you’re familiar with my blog, you know there’s s no vacation from the questions my son demands the answers. to. We spent a week in Alabama, visiting family and enjoying the relaxing atmosphere…

It could be worse. We could run out of gas. Oh wait . . .

There’s not much better than going on vacation. And there’s not much worse than the drive home from a vacation. But that’s where we found ourselves on Saturday. But we were determined to make a good day out of it. By we, I mean my daughter, my niece, and me. We were leaving Orange Beach…

I’ll Have a World Cup To Go, Please

As I’ve said before, our family loves the World Cup. My daughter got us started during the 2006 tournament. Now we look forward to it each and every four years. And this year was no exception. However, when the sporting event you love takes place during the summer, sometimes, you have to check schedules, coordinate…