The Utility Of Well-Placed Guilt.

One of my most common disclaimers when I meet new folks is that one of my parents was raised Jewish and the other was raised Catholic, hence I am “half Jewish/half Catholic – which equals twice the guilt.” And while I say this partially in jest, it is grounded in a clear understanding and appreciation of the…
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Why Can’t I Be Like All The Other Parents?

I serve as a constant embarrassment to my teenage daughter (a.k.a. Miss Sparkle).   I am regularly asked in the most dramatic presentation possible, “Why can’t you be like all the other parents?”  This lament surfaces whenever I try and do what I view as a parent’s due diligence.  According to my daughter, I am the…
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Ask Only What You Can Pour For Your Mother…

Old-timers and history buffs – I am in the former category – will remember President Kennedy’s now iconic statement, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”  I always liked this statement because I think it speaks to the duty and responsibility of…
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I Have Not Been Un-friended, Yet.

On the way to work today (yes, I am still alive, but the green gills remain), I heard some interesting statistics on the radio that I feel compelled to share.  According to Facebook data, one in four Facebook users (ages 18-34) have been embarrassed by a parent’s status post or photo that a parent has…
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15 Years Of Sparkle…

Today is Miss Sparkle’s 15th birthday. It is difficult to believe that 15 years have passed. A melancholy sets in when I reflect upon how quickly the years with your children pass.  I always tell new parents – take it all in and enjoy every moment as later it will seem as if they grew…
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