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Survival of the Trimmest
April 1, 2014
My younger son experienced his first shave the other day. He is fourteen and starting to show faint shading above his lip. ...
My Digital Demise
March 13, 2014
According to the news, which I can’t seem to escape, I have no privacy. Information is being gathered about me, legally and ...
Sleeping With Oscar
February 28, 2014
SCENE I. From a television set in New Jersey an image of a golden statue rotates slowly on a pedestal while a honey-throated ann...
Smoking the Half Pipe
February 12, 2014
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to plunge into an Olympic halfpipe on a snowboard? Have you ever wondered what it w...
On The Fence
January 30, 2014
Living in New Jersey, I don’t know who to root for on Super Bowl Sunday: the Denver Broncos, the Seattle Seahawks, or the weathe...
Your Father's Snow Day
January 24, 2014
5:30 AM. Annoying alarm. Warm bed. Hit snooze. 5:40 AM. Annoying alarm. Warm bed. Hit snooze. 5:...
The Cold Hard Facts
January 8, 2014
Silly me. I always thought the Polar Vortex was something husbands step into when they forget their wedding anniversaries. I...
The Long Way Home
December 24, 2013
‘Twas a week before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring . . . not even my teenage s...
December 11, 2013
Like many high school seniors across the country, my older son is anxiously sweating out essay questions as part of the college applic...
Giving Thanks to Football
November 27, 2013
Thanksgiving is a holiday rich in tradition. For many families it is a day when relatives gather at linen covered tables laden w...
Slow and Steady
November 8, 2013
This fall my younger son took up cross country distance running as a sport in middle school. I found this particularly odd becau...
The Height of Fashion
October 24, 2013
They say when you fall off your horse you should pick yourself up and get right back on. I am not sure the same advice should be...
The Keeper Of The House
October 11, 2013
Non-essential functions have ceased . . . confidence is rapidly eroding . . . the house is in turmoil . . . Forget the gover...
That Old Swing Set
September 19, 2013
Ten years ago I wrote an article on backyward swing sets. It is clear that even then I was hard pressed for things to write abou...
Driving Home The Point
September 6, 2013
The joy of going back to school lasts exactly one day. After that the schedules kick in. And now that my kids are older, it se...
A Band of Brothers
August 22, 2013
Nobody move or the old man dies. My son is holding a finger to my head. Sandwiched between his forefinger and my temple is a...
July 30, 2013
Our campus tour guide puts his best foot forward behind him. Apparently, walking backward is a prerequisite for student-led tour...
Lack Of Intelligence
June 27, 2013
Dear NSA, There is a cell of three teenagers living in my house. I am not positive, but I think this automatically qualifies...
On The Level
June 7, 2013
. . . just as soon as I finish this level . . . This is how my thirteen-year old son responds whenever I call him to dinner. ...
The Seventeen-Year Itch
May 21, 2013
The nasty bugs were everywhere; an undulating mass of tiny brown nymphs inching up trees and telephone poles and doorways and traffic ...
Hearing Is Believing
May 2, 2013
I hear lots of interesting things from the back seat of the car. For example, it was in the car that I learned that the th...
1040 Good Buddy
April 15, 2013
I owe HOW much? This is the way I usually greet my tax accountant who I see once a year. Sometimes I even say hello before I...
We Are What We Eat
March 28, 2013
Let me just say right off the bat that I love food. The more the better. Especially greasy, salty, spicy foods that are no...
This is Your Brain on Teenagers
March 7, 2013
I have three. For several years I had one. Then, just like that, on a birthday, I had three. I am talking ...
Time For Love
February 14, 2013
Today is Valentine’s Day. Expectations are high. There are cards to sign, poems to write, flowers to buy, candy ...