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The Rain Fell

For Joe Brown, my dad, and one of the greatest men I will ever know. March 17, 2012 was a beautiful Saturday morning. The day, like many in February, was unseasonably warm, but not uncomfortably so. Unlike many of the … Continue reading

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Just an Apple

I’m the youngest grandchild on both sides of my family. On my dad’s side, I was the eighth grandchild. You’d think this entitled me to loads of special treatment and doting. You’d be wrong (well, I did get special treatment and … Continue reading

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After Dinner Mince

It was the first Mother’s Day after Chrisie and I got married. Somehow my mom managed to get both my brother, I,  and our wives over to my parents’ house for dinner. I use the word “managed” because even then … 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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A Hard Wedding Day’s Night

It had been a long day. A wonderful day to be sure, but still a long one (weddings are like that). More went right than went wrong, but I couldn’t help but think about the singing fiasco, that we forgot … Continue reading

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The Best Laid Plan

On the afternoon of February 22, 1997, I frantically cleaned my apartment and prepped it for the  evening. I sweated details I usually didn’t pay any attention to because I had big plans for the evening. I kept checking on … Continue reading

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Marriage Proposals

Marriage can be a funny thing. I told Chrisie before we got married that everything that already annoyed her about me still would after the wedding. She didn’t believe me (fun fact: I was right).  She never lived with anyone other … Continue reading

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What it Takes

Chrisie and I often joke that we’ve never really lived alone, just the two of us. That’s an exaggeration of course, but it is grounded in truth. Even in the first years of our marriage, we played host to several … Continue reading

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That First Christmas

Before Chrisie and I spent our first Thanksgiving, we had our first Christmas together. We had only dated for about nine months, but I knew beyond doubt she was the one (and had also already bought a ring) so when … Continue reading

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That First Thanksgiving

My dad is fond of saying, “Eccentricity runs in your mother’s family.” This is never more obvious than at Thanksgiving when our family gathering rotates between my parents’ house and my two uncles’ (on Mom’s side) houses. The discussions are … Continue reading

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