I stared the morning with a bird hovering at my living room window. Sparrow? Starling? It was hard to tell because of the contrast of low light inside and overcast outside. Plus I don’t know bird breeds, so there’s that. But it just sort of hovered there. This was a little after 5:30 a.m. and […]

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“Sinner man” by Nina Simone came on in the car this morning while I was backing out of the garage. Arresting. Had to sit and listen until it was done. Want to say they don’t make them like that anymore, only they do. There are plenty of soulful artists out there still making great stuff. […]

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24

Mar

The Hedge Game

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By the time I reached the end of Toxony and turned down Bickley Road, the driver and the incident were already fading from my mind, even if the tense rigidity in my manner—from the way I held the steering wheel to the way my shoulders were set—remained. I reached down and shifted into first and […]

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06

Jul

The Centipede

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I just walked into the downstairs bathroom (or powder room as my wife calls it) and discovered a centipede on the wall. I stood a moment and stared at it. Should I kill it? I wondered. Or let it be? For the most part, I don’t have an issue with letting bugs in my house […]

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This is going to be one of those days. It started that way: my daughter sitting in the upstairs hallway whining that she wants to go downstairs. That’s what I woke to. I brought her into the bathroom to use the potty and she didn’t want to go because there was already pee in the […]

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Last Sunday, the family and I went for a picnic. A former coworker with whom I had started working at my current position recently reconnected with me through Facebook. We’d always gotten along well in the time we worked together, but when she left for greener pastures and I stayed here, we lost touch. It happens, of […]

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18

May

I Knew Her Well

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This morning, my daughter woke at 4 a.m. She was shouting from her room, “Mommy! Daddy!” There’s nothing terribly alarming in this. It’s how she summons us whenever she wakes. She doesn’t get out of bed and wander around, and for now, I prefer it that way. Given also, that it’s still dark at 4 […]

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11

May

At Home With My Son

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I spent the past two days at home with my son. Though my daughter goes to preschool, my son doesn’t, and since our plans for childcare fell through, I stayed home from work to take care of him. This is the first time with him. In fact, one of the nicest things about this was […]

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08

May

Happy Mother’s Day

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Pregaming for Mother’s Day, my wife opened a bottle of red wine last night and we sat together and watched An Affair to Remember. It’s been a while since we sat down and watched a movie together. Last time was when we took advantage of the daycare’s kid’s night out and check Spectre out of […]

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06

May

The Urge to Protect

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  A few years back, while I was walking in my neighborhood, I saw a boy of about ten years old skipping along in front of me. He would take a few paces and then leap as if he couldn’t contain his energy. He wore a big smile on his face, and he broke into a spastic run […]

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