I’m a single dad of two kids – a daughter in college and a nine-year-old son. My wife died of cancer several years ago. As you can imagine, the last few years have been a learning experience.

I teach business at a local university. My daughter now attends college, and my son is in fourth grade. My son, shall we say, is a bit unique – completely literal, a bit ocd, and a complete picky eater. Both my kids are incredibly smart, a fact that often has me wanting to have their DNA tested.

One thing I’ve discovered as a single parent is that time is always hard to come by; it seems like there’s never enough time to get every thing done. And on those rare occasions when I do seem to have everything together, I can’t help but feel like it won’t last long. It’s like trying to hold jello in your fist – you can hold on to some of it, but some of it eventually slips through your fingers. Which, of course, is where I got the name for my blog

I’m certainly not a perfect parent – far from it, in fact. But some of our experiences are funny and sometimes educational. The educational ones are good, but I usually need a laugh. I welcome all feedback and questions.

  11 comments for “About

  1. July 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I am so sorry for the indescribable loss of your wife. On a much lighter note, I enjoy your blog!

    • July 1, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind words. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my blog. I’ve really enjoyed writing it.

  2. October 19, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Learned of your blog from Karen of AWB…she was right–it’s definitely worth the visit! 🙂

    • October 19, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Thank you do much. I’ll have to thank Karen, too. I’m so glad you enjoyed the blog!

  3. Dawana Smith
    October 23, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Just tripped into your blog. I enjoyed reading it…I know your son is having a wonderful childhood. I happen to know that your DNA is probably ok, so no worries!

    • October 23, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks Dawana. I’m glad you enjoyed it! How are you these days?

  4. January 16, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Please shoot me a quick email. Thanks.

  5. lee
    January 19, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Mark, you are an inspiration in so many ways. And so, I have awarded you the Liebster Award, for a great blog with less than 200 followers that I think people are missing out on. See http://atypicalamateur.com/2014/01/19/liebster-award/ for more information about the award.

    • January 19, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      Thank You, Lee, for the award. I feel very honored. I’ll get started on the requirements for accepting it.
      Again, thanks for reading and thanks for the nomination.

  6. February 2, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Thank you for recommending me for the Leibster award 🙂 I am slowly going through the list of to do’s. I am struggling to find blogs with under 200 followers, could you give me some hinters of where to look, also some blogs are very hard to find the number of followers on them, they don’t seem to have stats or so it seems, not all. Thank you once again x

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