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The Minister of Rock

Posted by on Dec 6, 2012 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

I don’t know how it happened. One minute I’m saying goodnight to the bride and groom, the next I’m sliding across the dance floor on my back, air-guitarring to AC/DC. We were at my wife’s cousin’s wedding, and earlier in the day, believe it or not, I had performed the ceremony. It was the second wedding I’d officiated after becoming an official minister last spring. It all began one night when a good friend of the family called and asked if I’d ever considered filling out “one of those online minister things you see in the back of Rolling...

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Knock, Knock. Who’s There? Bigfoot.

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“It was getting dark, so we had to go to the woods, and it sounded like Bigfoot knocking on the door, but it was just the ocean.” —My son’s recap of our Sunday afternoon hike at I.S. and Gertrude Sahli Nature Park

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Burt Reynolds, I Am Not.

Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

It attracts stares and arouses suspicion. Kids snicker and point at it. Mothers clutch their children and run when they see it coming. It’s my mustache. And it’s not a pretty sight. It started out as an office challenge for “Movember“—a charitable movement promoting prostate and testicular cancer awareness. The other guys in the office were on board, so I figured, what the heck. At first I didn’t understand why mustaches were chosen as a way to promote awareness of a disease that affects the opposite end of one’s person. But I think I’ve figured it...

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Surviving Family Time

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Back in the old days, extended families would live together under the same roof. Grandparents, grandchildren, sisters, brothers, fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles, and cousins would all shack up in one house, sharing resources and, more important, the adventures and blessings of everyday life. Which explains why the average life expectancy was so much shorter back then. Over the past two weeks, we shared our home with my younger sister, her husband, and their three adorable daughters – ages 3, 18 months, and 6 months – while they were in town for a visit. Add in my two little ones, and that...

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A Bad Case of the Runs – Part II

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

                    Recently I finished my very first marathon. It was a huge accomplishment for me, considering I retired from competitive running several years ago. But rather than bore you with a bunch of details about how many miles I ran during my training (392) or with some philosophical treatise on the metaphorical journey of the marathon, I thought instead I’d bore you with some of the thoughts I was having that day. For those of you who have never run a marathon before, this is as close as you can get to actually lacing up your...

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