Another year of Father’s Day musings

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The offspring, not The Offspring.

This year is my twenty-eighth Father’s Day from the father’s side of the celebration. I haven’t been able to commemorate it from the son’s side since 2007. I miss my dad and look forward to seeing him again in the future.
Last year, I compiled a list of musings about fatherhood that expressed how I felt about some of the questions, challenges, and experiences I’ve had as the father of four children. This year, I’m adding to that list.

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Giving you the bird

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Photo credits: Joshua A. Martinez

Are you a morning person? Does daybreak find you around and roaring or asleep and snoring?

I’m an early riser. I find the quiet the early-morning hours offer to be refreshing and a good way to start the day. On a typical spring or summer weekday, I’m up shortly before or after daylight breaks.Read More »

Words to live – and die – by

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Do you think there’s palm trees in the afterlife?

If you’re like most people, you believe there’s another life after we die and pass from this one. Most religions teach this fundamental tenet, and most of us believe it — whether we practice a religion or not.

Just look at the sentiments expressed by well wishers to those who have lost a loved one. They usually include comments such as, “Your dad is watching over you from a better place,” or, “God has gained another angel with the passing of your mom.” Whatever the sentiment, it often makes at least an inference to life after death.Read More »