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The Spirited Child

Like all families we have rules in our house. They’re not onerous: No climbing on furniture No playing in the cat box No coming out of your bed after bedtime My wife and I make the rules, of course, but our 3-year-old — a spirited child — doesn’t understand that. Here’s a recent conversation: ME: […]

Obsessed

This story was written to a prompt I issued to the writing community I spoke of in Parting Shot: You are given a unique opportunity to go back and talk to a much younger you. What would you tell them about an old flame? And better yet—why? It does get slightly graphic toward the end. […]

Night

My wife Chris snores. Not the “isn’t she cute when she sleeps?” snores, but “truck heading up a steep road in low gear” snores. I am a light sleeper, and a picky sleeper. I like it cool, very dark, and I require a background drone. On the other hand, I can sleep anywhere, in any […]

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Parting Shot

Note from the author: Parting Shot is a short story written as a personal writing exercise. In 2011, I founded and ran a critique community for writers, but passed the site to someone else due to military obligations. I still wanted to write micro-fiction on my blog when I had time to—I enjoyed the critique and feedback. This is […]

Adventures in Potty Training

Over the past 12 months my wife and I have been peed on, pooped on and cleaned up more human waste than a janitor in an elementary school. The only thing missing from our potty training adventure is the large yellow industrial bucket and those flakes the custodian uses to cover vomit. This month marks […]

Initiation

Originally written to a writing prompt I issued, Initiation came to be as a nod to Clerks and Clerks 2, two of the funniest movies out there. Here’s the prompt: Prompt: You are suddenly (and unexpectedly) thrust into the position of substitute—indefinitely. Give us the details. Do you survive or is your next wardrobe purchase a straightjacket? Hope you enjoy the […]

Dads & Doulas

Let me set the scene. My wife is a couple of months pregnant with our first child and we’re discussing who we want in the delivery room. I’m about to learn a new word — doula. “I want to hire a doula,” she told me. “A what?” I say. “A doula — a birth coach […]

Technology and Toddlers: Too Much, Too Soon?

There’s a phrase we hear often from our toddler: “I want to play with the iPad.” Every time I hear it I’m conflicted about his pending technology addiction. On one hand, it’s fascinating to me that he already knows how to perform some basic functions on a technological device that he will grow up using. […]

Confessions of a Former Fantasy Football Addict

My fantasy football addiction got so bad that for a time I thought I might have to consult a 12-step program. Here was a typical Sunday in my house: DirectTV piped in the NFL package, which was split off to two television sets while a third television picked up an over-the-air game. I used multiple […]