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Commentary: Grandfathering Goes To Pot

Subscriber onlyWhile our granddaughter, the Little Princess, is perfect in every other way, it appears she needs to acquire a certain skill set not currently in her arsenal. In short, she needs to be, to put it delicately, housebroken. Continue reading...

Commentary: Independence Is A Blast

Subscriber onlyI am, by nature, a cautious person. Continue reading...

Commentary: Latest Snooze From The Beach

Subscriber onlyIt's hard to find much to dislike about a vacation, except that in even the most laid-back of environments, it tends to fly by in a blur of sand-filled swimsuits, sunscreen and red Solo cups (which may explain the "blur" thing a little bit.). Continue reading...

Commentary: Making Room For Soccer

Subscriber onlyLouie is a hopeless gambler. Continue reading...

Commentary: Electra Memories Of Dad, Brother

Subscriber onlySo where does memory reside? In the head or the heart, some old photo album or a favorite song? The house where you grew up or the place where you went to school? Continue reading...

Commentary: Raising The Door On A New Career

Subscriber onlyIt's always important to have a Plan B, and in that spirit, I've determined mine. If none of the current gigs work out, I've got my sights set on the next career move. Continue reading...

Easy as one, two, three

Subscriber onlyI was wandering the aisles of a large store the other day, searching in vain for something the Lovely Mrs. Smith decided we couldn't live or she couldn't cook without (basically, one and the same), when I overheard a mother playing a classic Mom card. Continue reading...

Commentary: Getting Too Old To Keel Over

Subscriber onlyI saw an online article from the AARP the other day (what, at this point in my life, I should be keeping up with the Kardashians?). The subject was "22 Things You Shouldn't Do Again After 50." I never got a chance to read it (type was too small, and I didn't have my heavy-duty readers with me), but I've got one more you can add to the list. Continue reading...

Collegians Return To Nest

Subscriber onlyThey're baaaaacckkk! Continue reading...

Commentary: Yard Work Becomes A Growing Problem

Subscriber onlyIt's spring, and a young man's thoughts turn to, well, I'm not sure I remember. Continue reading...

Commentary: Time, For Now, Is On Their Side

Subscriber onlyGenerally, I tend to think I've got a pretty realistic view of the whole aging process. Continue reading...

Commentary: Paperless World? Not So Fast

Subscriber onlyOne of the cool things about writing a weekly column is you can fool yourself into thinking it's art ("Like the writers before me, I need to share my thoughts with the world.") or commerce ("At least on a part-time basis, it's my job to bring this to people's attention.") when, in reality, it's just me complaining. Continue reading...

Commentary: Something Alarming Is On At Smith Castle

Subscriber onlyFirst off, I'd like to apologize to the neighbors for the helicopters. I thought they were overkill, but apparently protocol is protocol. Continue reading...

Commentary: In The Fast Lane To Happiness

Subscriber onlyMost of the time, if you're at least as fortunate as I've been, your children will do things that fill you with wonder, awe, amazement and pride. It helps, of course, if your bar for wonder, awe, amazement and pride is pretty low. But the fact remains that, most of the time, they will at least live up to your expectations, if not your dreams. And in the parenting business, close enough is good enough. Continue reading...

Commentary: Binge Watching Perfects Laziness

Subscriber onlyFrancis Underwood is a bad, bad man. He's so bad that the fact that he's not real doesn't matter all that much. Francis Underwood is so bad, it transcends reality. Continue reading...

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