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Keep Away From My Daughter

Shortly after we discovered our first child would be a girl, I received sage advice from a co-worker. “Just remember,” he said, “little girls are God’s curse on men for being teenagers.” I laughed because I though he was joking. … Continue reading

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Wedding Gifts

One of the things both my wife and I enjoyed about our tediously long engagement was registering for wedding gifts. Chrisie liked it because it was another step toward marriage. I liked it because I got to use the bar … Continue reading

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The Prom Procession

The Spring of 1991 was supposed to be the time of my life (or something). I had a few easy coast courses (which oddly netted me the Honors Diploma that advanced math wouldn’t) and enjoyed if not full acceptance by … Continue reading

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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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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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Things I Need Explained

There are several things in life I’ve never figured out and probably never will. To an extent, I’m okay with that. To an extent. The things that get under my skin and defy explanation are usually ones that others seem … 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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Marriage Grooves

My heart hammered as I looked through the crack between a set of doors to the auditorium of the church I was about to be married in. I wasn’t particularly nervous about getting married, but I was extremely nervous about … Continue reading

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How to Be Offensive at Weddings

So apparently a non-zero number of people who read What to Write also wanted the opportunity to read an essay I wrote in the same class that I mentioned. I claimed I would post said essay if there was enough … Continue reading

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Mixed Messages

We live in a culture of contradictions. We are constantly bombarded with conflicting statements, and not just from politicians. We are told to be considerate, but look out for “number one.” We say $3.00 a gallon is too much for … Continue reading

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