About a Guy I Once Knew

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He was that guy. In the history of guys, he was the guy every girl has known. Some girls even marry that guy, but not many. By the time that guy gets ready to settle down, he’s no longer that guy. He’s mellower, older, a little tired. But my guy, who was that guy … well. He was the perfect concoction of things that are that guy — deep blue eyes, dark hair just starting to … [Read more...]

When It’s Time to Let a Friend Go

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I recently saw a series of photos on Facebook of friends from college who had gathered together in San Diego for a few days of fun. They were the usual types of images - laughing at a bar, standing in front of the ocean - you know the drill. It was fun to see the photos until I realized something was missing. I wasn't there. Now, some of these women weren't my close … [Read more...]

The Art of Parenting

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Yesterday I posted this photo on my Facebook page: It was seen and shared over 2000 times. Apparently it struck a nerve. I take no credit for the sentiment - that would go to Dr. Bill Cosby, comedian and philosopher extraordinaire. I do know, however, that no truer words about parenting have ever been spoken. There is no right way to raise your children. There is … [Read more...]

Aging As Youthfully as We Can

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One of the biggest problems with getting older is that everyone else is getting older too. Day to day, the aging process is slow and steady -- it comes in daily increments, little by little, so that we barely notice the changes until, of course, we do. "Where did that wrinkle come from?" we wonder. "When did that spot appear?" we think as we look at our hands, our faces, … [Read more...]

My Son Heard Gunshots at a Party #louderthanguns

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Sometimes it seems to me that Arizona is the last of the wild west, especially when it comes to guns. As a state with virtually no regulations on gun possession or purchases and a very angry sheriff running it's most populous county ,  Arizona is a powder keg, combining the population's love of firearms with a "get out of my town" mentality that is difficult to understand when … [Read more...]