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  • Dreaming of Dad
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    In my failure to be recognized as Time Magazine's Father of the Year, I forgot two very important considerations. One, Time Magazine does...

  • A Life Sentence
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    I have been thinking about writing sentences lately. This is not, as you might expect, because I write this column. But because after tw...

  • The Breast: Exposed!
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    OK, this is a really blatant headline designed to attract the attention of readers who are looking for something salacious. And so far, ...

  • The New Jersey Girls
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    My daughter is ten. She was born in New Jersey. She has spunk and brains and attitude and a laugh that fills up a room. Her friends are d...

  • When Nature Calls
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    My ten-year-old son and I communed with nature over the weekend in a tribal ceremony often referred to by tenderfoots as a Cub Scout Cam...

  • Tales from the Man Cave
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    I have a Mother's Day hangover. After a long weekend spent revering all things mom, I feel like retreating into my Man Cave. The problem...

  • Karate Kid
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    As much as I abhor violent behavior, I have come to the conclusion that it is a God given right for siblings to torture each other. In th...

  • A Pain in the Eulogy
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    I am a byproduct of The Greatest Generation, the generation loosely defined by Tom Brokaw as living through WWII, which necessarily plac...

  • Not My Fault!
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    Everyone needs a good excuse now and then. For when we forget appointments. For when we skip deadlines. For when we neglect homework. Fo...

  • Apollo 13.5
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    Forty years ago an explosion rocked the Command Module of the Apollo 13 lunar expedition. Floating helplessly in space, Captain James Lov...

  • The Jug of Youth
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    I am always intrigued when I hear news reports that red wine is good for you. Not that I really need more excuses to drink, but I do nee...

  • Stand Up and Be Counted
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    I have been getting a lot of surveys in the mail lately. It seems everyone wants to know how they are doing; the bank, the medical cente...

  • Huh?
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    A star forms when vast, murky clouds of carbon dust and hydrogen collapse with enough energy to start a nuclear explosion. This is a lot...

  • Dental Hijinks
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    There is nothing funny about dentists. Nothing. Oh sure, we can poke fun at their floss-happy assistants and the diplomas from obscure ...

  • Sleeping with Oscar
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    SCENE I. From a television set in New Jersey an image of a golden statue rotates slowly on a pedestal while a honey-throated announcer b...

  • The Big Something-Oh
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    Birthdays ending in 0 are monumental. They are a time to reflect on life; to reconcile what has been accomplished with what has not, to r...

  • The Thrill of Victory
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    Watching premier athletes compete on TV always brings a tear to my eye. There is nothing quite like witnessing an athlete who has devote...

  • iEmbarrassed
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    Let me just say right up front that I will NOT be buying an Apple iPad any time soon. In case you didn't hear, Steve Jobs, the founder of...

  • Who's Who in Super Bowl XLIV
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    The Super Bowl is this Sunday. This gives us a good excuse to drink beer in front of the TV, as opposed to most other Sundays, when we d...

  • Just Like New
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    Now that the kids are getting older, I have been thinking about replacing our aging and well-worn minivan with a shuttle vehicle that is ...

  • People of Color
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    This was a good, long weekend for people of color. On Saturday, the gold Saints and the blue Colts prevailed in their race to the Super B...

  • Baby, It's Cold Outside
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    Given that most of the Northern Hemisphere is making ice right now, it is hard to believe that the planet is warming as scientists predic...

  • A Loud Winter's Nap
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    This is the time of year when I like to sleep. In fact, I would hibernate for the winter if it weren't for all the little things in life ...

  • An Animated Christmas
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    "I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will not shut out the lessons that have been taught to me. Pleas...

  • A Good Home
    by John Christmann
    August 28, 2010

    I have been thinking a lot about Feng Shui lately. Feng Shui is not, as I first thought, the evil emperor who battled Flash Gordon (that...