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Commentary: College tours can be unnerving for rookies

College tours can be unnerving for rookies

Subscriber onlyIf you didn't go to the beach or the slopes this spring break, chances are good you participated in one of the other rites of parenting, namely the college tour. That's the annual schlep to any and every institution of higher learning your offspring is interested in attending. Continue reading...

Commentary: Kids' taxes returns dad to rare form

Kids’ taxes returns dad to rare form

Subscriber onlyThe way I see it, most stuff fits fairly neatly into one of four areas. There's stuff I can and will do, like brushing my teeth. There's stuff I can do but won't, like changing the oil. There's stuff I can't do, but would like to, like running with the bulls (OK, maybe I wouldn't really like to do that quite as much as I think). Continue reading...

Commentary: Getting into the swing

McIlroy shows the average golfer how it’s done

Subscriber onlyA lot of really important, significant and scary things have been happening in the world lately, things that certainly require our attention and consideration. Continue reading...

Commentary: A new year, good or baaad

Subscriber onlyNot that this is exactly front-burner stuff, but thanks to several news organizations and John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight," I've discovered there appears to be some ambiguity about exactly what year this year actually is, at least in China. Continue reading...

Commentary: A glossary for winter

Seeking an improved (and caffeinated) life

Subscriber onlyRemember a few weeks ago when I was on my semi-annual rant about how much I hate winter and you were just shaking your head and muttering about what a softie I am? Continue reading...

Commentary: Building happy marriage one step at a time

Building happy marriage one step at a time

Typically when the Lovely Mrs. Smith suggests a life-altering change, I'm all for it. Particularly if by life-altering she means something that doesn't really alter my life in any way. That is certainly the kind of change I can get behind. As long as getting behind it doesn't involve me, you know, actually doing anything. Continue reading...

Commentary: Coaching the uncoachable

Men useless in delivery room, earn role of lifetime

In what seemed like the three months in the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, we were inundated with stories about critical issues like the impact under-inflated footballs had on a 45-7 rear-end-kicking and what a very talented but enigmatic running back was going to say during his daily press conference (answers: none and nothing). Continue reading...

A double-nickel slowdown

I’m about to hit 55. As Sammy Hagar used to say, I can’t drive it. But, starting on Monday, for the next year I get to be it. Continue reading...

Commentary: Line Nothing To Sneeze At

Pharmacy wait better than a “Bachelor’s” life

Random thoughts while standing in line at the pharmacy. Continue reading...

Commentary: First, Lasts Don't Last

Subscriber onlySo it's officially the start of a new year, which means the season of "firsts" is upon us. Continue reading...

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