Another Day, Another Blown Chance at “Father of the Year”
Dec18

Another Day, Another Blown Chance at “Father of the Year”

It could’ve been worse. McDonald’s could’ve banned me from their restaurants for life. All because I made a poor split-second decision. The year was 1995. Our girls were 5 years old and 3. And I was an inexperienced father. Dedee pulled me aside one day. “I need a break. I’d like to go see my parents for the weekend. You think you could watch the girls for a couple of days?” “Sure. No problem. Have a good time.” “You sure...

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On Turning 50: Wild Hairs and Other Baffling Discoveries
Sep21

On Turning 50: Wild Hairs and Other Baffling Discoveries

Ear hair is just one of the things I hate about being 50. The first time Dedee saw a hair sticking out of my ear she couldn’t stop laughing for 8 minutes. I timed it. She twirled it with her finger. She groomed it with her curling iron. She begged — and I mean begged — to pluck it. I refused. The worse part? This happened in my 40s. I’m nearing 51 now and clumps of hair grow in my ears like prairie grass. Lately I’ve been...

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The Day a Cattle Farmer Asked Me to Do the Unthinkable
Jul24

The Day a Cattle Farmer Asked Me to Do the Unthinkable

I was sitting in church minding my own business when my friend Dave leaned over and asked me the oddest question: “We’re going to castrate a few bulls today. Wanna help?” How could I say no? I mean, if you have even a smidgeon of curiosity or sense of adventure you just can’t pass up an opportunity like that. Our good friends Dave and Deb Matthews are farmers. Mostly crops but some cattle too. They have six...

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Four Ways to Meet a Celebrity without Embarrassing Yourself
Apr23

Four Ways to Meet a Celebrity without Embarrassing Yourself

Chances are very good that at some point in your life you’ll meet someone famous. It could be an actor, a musician, or a professional athlete. Or perhaps a VIP of another sort, like a well-known politician or the CEO of your company. When the opportunity presents itself, you have a decision to make: do you want to be viewed as just another fan or would you like to take a shot at developing a professional or even personal...

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Tragedy + Time = Comedy (or The Day Our “Good Car” Nearly Killed Me)
Apr04

Tragedy + Time = Comedy (or The Day Our “Good Car” Nearly Killed Me)

I sometimes joke that I married Dedee for her car. It’s not true, of course, but I know for a fact she married me for love. I was 24 years old and flat broke. I had no job and no serious prospects for one. What I did have was a degree in radio/TV & theater, which pretty much explains the lack of employment. When we got married, Dedee drove a 1979 Mercury Cougar. It was half a city block long. When she pulled up, the front...

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