December 2013 archive

Time To Weed The Garden

A Blog is like a Garden. A wise woman once told me that. You get out of it what you put into it. It takes discipline, and attention, and even a little love. When it’s bountiful, you can share your work with the neighbors. When neglected, it gets all full of weeds and goes to …

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BigCalfGuy Book Club Review: I Am Malala

I read “I Am Malala” after seeing Malala Yousafzai on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She was so poised and confident, despite her small stature and even smaller voice. I was compelled to learn her story. Especially after she told Jon that she didn’t even hate the man who shot her in the face. …

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Shared Experiences

This Christmas season, I am reflecting on how different each of our holidays and traditions are from those of our neighbors. My sister and her son celebrated early, before my brother-in-law shipped out for his overseas job.  Some exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, and some don’t even have a tree. Some households will be filled …

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Too Many Customers

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 Jacob had his middle school Christmas concert last night.  It was revelatory in so many ways. First, we’re bad parents. We never bought him a new shirt with tie for the event. Thankfully, we live in such a rural area that “no camouflage clothing” was explicitly written in the take-home paper. We found his dark …

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The Apple Password

“Mom, what’s your Apple password?” A simple enough question; and one that wouldn’t have given us any pause had it not come from Jacob. Beth told him that it was a secret, and he went about his merry way. After just a few minutes, though, she realized the possible significance of that question. How did …

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Red Returns

The exciting conclusion to Childlike Faith They say truth is stranger than fiction. I suppose that’s true, and I further suppose it’s why I’m not a fiction writer. I have a hard enough time chronicling the real-life events of my household. I am becoming increasingly aware that my reality as a Dad, a grown up, …

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Strength

I have been meaning to post this for at least a couple of days, but things have been busy.  I love being in the thick of things.  If a rolling stone gathers no moss, then I’ll be moss-free into old age. I am constantly amazed at the strength of my children. I got a chance …

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Ozeri Green Earth Pan Review and Demonstration

I just got my 8″ Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan in the mail yesterday. I love new kitchen wares! I received it in exchange for writing a review of it; however, all opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine. I thought it the surface would be green, since I’ve been seeing …

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My Magic Un-Disappearing Dogs

I know what you’re thinking. How did you get magic dogs? Magic beans? Win the lotto? Nope. Just lucky. On the surface, they look like regular dogs.  Long tongues, happy dispositions.  I mean seriously, one’s a highly trained service animal and the other is a 2-year old Golden.  Are there any better dogs for kids?  …

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Christmas Spirit Confirmed

First off, let’s begin with a disclaimer:  I was in fact Raised By Women, so I didn’t know the difference between a Minnesota Viking and a St. Louis Ram. I posted a story yesterday entitled Childlike Faith. Long story short is that my dog chewed a toy that Gabriel got at McDonald’s, which Gabriel in …

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Childlike Faith

Is there anything more magical and worth fighting for than the faith of a child? I don’t think so either, but plans A through C haven’t worked yet.  I’m getting desperate. In our house, Santa Claus reigns supreme.  Our kids realize and respect that Jesus Christ is the true reason for the season, but nobody …

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We Want Our Son With Autism Back

We want our son with autism back! This is what Beth would have you believe. Jake isn’t the boy he once was. He’s becoming a teenager. OK, OK, he’s only 11 and a half, but it’s beginning. When Beth taught 6th grade, she would tell me that for the first half of the school year, …

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