Category Archives: Friends and Family

A Busy Friday

I’m putting the Philosophy Phridays posts on hold for this week. It’s almost eleven o’clock and I’m just now getting some time to think about writing. It’ll take me more than an hour to read a whole entry and write commentary about it. I won’t bore you with all the details of my Friday, but, […]

A Satisfying Christmas

As a kid, Christmas is many things. It’s exciting and fun and wonderous and magical. As an adult, it’s different. I still love Christmas, but not in the same way. As an adult, Christmas is a lot more work. It’s our job to make it exciting and fun and wonderous and magical for the kids. […]

Christmas Cookies

One of my family’s holiday traditions is my mom makes Christmas cookies every year and gives them to family and friends. A few of those cookies are the cookies we leave for Santa on Christmas Eve. We got our cookies a few days ago. They are delicious. Unfortunately, I am a picky eater. That means […]

IRL

A few days ago, I wrote a post about online dating and how I didn’t think it was going to work for me. A couple people have asked me since about meeting people in real life (IRL). I’d be happy to, but I don’t think it’s likely for several reasons. My brother suggested I just […]

Online Dating

About a year ago, I wrote a piece about how I was going on first dates, but none of them turned into second dates. I’d heard all these stories about happy couples who met online, but it wasn’t working for me. Some people suggested to me that the problem was that I was only using […]

Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, and Uncles

A little while ago, my brother pointed something out to me. He has two nieces and one nephew, but no way to refer to them as a collective. When talking about his brothers’ kids, he always has to say, “Nieces and nephew.” I had never thought of it until he mentioned it, but he’s right. […]

Jokes

Often at family dinners, the kids like to tell jokes. Some of them are funny and some aren’t, but that’s OK, we all have fun. Often they’re the same jokes that I told when I was a kid. A little while ago, my nephew told this joke: I have ten apples in this hand and […]

The Fourth First Day of School

My daughter started third grade today. I have a tradition here of writing a post about the first day of school each year. I don’t want to break tradition, so here goes. The first thing I’d like to report is that I’m getting a little better at this first day of school thing. I actually […]

Fatherhood

Ever since I had a kid, I’ve considered writing about fatherhood. I never actually go through with it, though. Sure, I’ve written some things about my daughter, or about some parenting decisions I’ve made, but nothing about being a father. There’s a simple reason for that. Being a father is such a unique experience that […]

My New BFF is Two Years Old

Being a parent is hard. You’re literally responsible for another human being’s survival, but that’s not all. You also have to help them become a person- teach them about sharing, fairness, following the rules and listening to elders. Then you have to balance that against encouraging them to pursue their individuality, protect themselves, ask for […]