Monthly Archives: April 2011

Like Butter on a Knife

Clear communication is extremely important in a marriage. It should be one of the foundational skills that couples develop if they even think about getting married. Of course, even couples who communicate with one another very well occasionally trip up. … Continue reading

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And Then It Was My Turn

Here’s the thing about childbirth: men can’t do it. We just can’t. It doesn’t matter how much our wives wish, um, interesting things on us when they are pregnant, it’s just not possible (bad Arnold Schwarzenegger movies aside). Of course, … Continue reading

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A Couple of Short Ones

I’ve had a couple of stories that I wanted to share for quite some time (one of them was written down before I even kept a notebook of ideas for this site). I kept looking for the right moment or … Continue reading

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All Your Eggs

We moved from Virginia (where I was born) when I was three, so I don’t have as many memories from there as I do from Tennessee, but I do have several. As you might expect, some of them are rather … Continue reading

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That’s Not How You Do It

I walked across campus one beautiful Spring day and ran in to a friend I hadn’t seen in a while. A female friend. We never dated (not even close) even though I think she might have hinted at the possibility … Continue reading

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When Life Hands You Mildew

For a while, what is now our dining room was our daughter’s playroom. It was painted in fun colors. The walls were a light blue, the ceiling was purple, and we stenciled undersea looking flowers all over the walls. Everything … Continue reading

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No, Not Really

My daughter was less than a week old and my wife and I sat in the pediatrician’s office. Since she was our first child, we went the doctor that was on duty at the hospital when Autumn was born. Big … Continue reading

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The Brief Reprieve

In July of 2001 I experienced one of the worst parts of the corporate world: looming layoffs. It created one of the most stressful moments in my life to that point. It was bad to start with, but an employee … Continue reading

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The Easy Way

One thing I often heard from my dad growing up was, “If you want an easy way to do something, give it to a lazy person.” He usually said it right after I proudly demonstrated I had figured out an … Continue reading

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Discontinue Use

One Saturday morning while I sat and watched television with my family, my eyes felt a little more squinty than normal (people tell me to open my eyes wider all the time, as if I’m doing it on purpose). I … Continue reading

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