When Dad looked at the sky

When Dad looked at the sky

There is a shiny headstone on the outskirts of Springfield, Missouri, and it’s where people who love my dad go when they want to be…

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The kid you'll never hear about

The kid you’ll never hear about

The gunfire started about the time we reached Field 4. Rat-tat-tats, small arms, over and over again. We were there for baseball practice. A sunny…

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The happiness blur

The happiness blur

My older son turned nine a few weeks ago, and I have no idea what my wife and I gave him as presents. There was…

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First day jitters

First day jitters

I wasn’t even leaving the house, and I was terrified. The boy wore a “Phineas and Ferb” t-shirt, plaid shorts, and his new sneaks. He…

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So many kids...

So many kids…

“I see so many kids that love being writers more than they love writing.” —Scroobius Pip I could probably count to a hundred, but if…

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The stillness of an 8-year-old’s chest

The stillness of an 8-year-old’s chest

I looked down on the ground. In the grass sat a little plastic coin, scuffed and scratched from little-boy cleats that had walked over it…

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Thank you, Mike Rice

Thank you, Mike Rice

Former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice is at best a very confused and disturbed human being. He is at worst a psychopath in need of…

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What did you wash out of your mouth today?

What did you wash out of your mouth today?

I don’t even know how to start this, so I’ll just say it. My kid peed in my mouth today. There it is. My child—a…

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A New Year's wish

A New Year’s wish

My three-year-old son just fell asleep on my chest. It’s gray outside, spitting little wet snowflakes and rain on cold ground. It’s the kind of…

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Dear Son

Dear Son

Dear Son, Remember yesterday when I helped you learn how to spell Connecticut? Today, a man in that state went to a school like yours…

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