Ryan recently celebrated his birthday. Because he’s all about social media these days, he was very excited to receive birthday best wishes on Instagram. I got in on the act early, quickly searching my phone at breakfast for an old photo of the two of us that I could post with a birthday message for him. […]
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I’ve been silent for a while, basking in the slower rhythms of late summer. We had another wonderful family vacation. Let’s see … what else … oh, yeah, Ryan started high school. More on that to come. But something Ryan did the other day was enough to spur me to return to writing. He and […]
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It was just a simple cargo net, made of chain, bridging perhaps five feet from the ground to a platform on the playground equipment of one of our local parks. I hated that cargo net. I hated it because Ryan could not, would not (and I know now, was not ready to) climb it. The […]
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It was Christmas in July this week, as Riley and Ryan finally got to enjoy their big gifts from last Christmas: Taylor Swift tickets for her, and for Ryan, tickets to see U2. The concerts just so happened to fall on back-to-back Saturdays. Riley had her big night with Veronica at MetLife Stadium a week […]
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I hope everyone had a happy and safe Fourth of July. It’s always been one of my favorite holidays. Much like Thanksgiving, it is focused around three Fs — food, family and fireworks (whereas “football” serves as the third F for Thanksgiving). We usually check off the first two Fs rather easily, spending the day […]
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