Here’s to making 20, something (or, happy birthday, Madison)

I had to wait a day to get my favorite birthday present. That was 20 years ago. Camdyn’s two goals Saturday come in a close second. What kid can score on her dad’s birthday? It’s just Camdyn doing Camdyn things. Hayden’s done it, too. It’s kind of Babe Ruthian to go out and deliver on…

3+ Uncommonly Good Gifts for a Happy Father’s Day

I just wanted them to pretend. Kids are busy, though. There are church camps and chicken fajitas with friends in restaurants way past the dinner rush. There’s a whole day spent with a friend from school, laying out at the pool and baking chocolate chip cookies. Kids my kids’ age don’t have time to pretend…

What an Invisible Civilization Would Learn About Us, in 6 Words

I’m the king of the assinine question. “What if Jeeps cost a nickel?” I asked my college friend, Bobby Keith – while we both were still in college. “I’d buy many Jeeps,” he answered. “What if packs of gum were $5,000?” I followed with. “Then I wouldn’t chew any gu – where the hell do you…

7 Random Smartphone Photos, and a Meat-free Challenge

I used to fill the Wednesday gaps when I didn’t have a guest post lined up with a random assortment of photos from my dilapidated Android phone. Sometimes, they’d include a shot of my dilapidated car, which is embroiled in a long-haul challenge with my dilapidated phone to see who can last the longest. They…

Who We’d Switch Places with (and What We’d do), in 6 Words

How great would it be … not to be me. Who hasn’t thought this? In those moments we’re out of gas, out of time or out of toilet paper (or all three). At times when we follow our favorite adorable pro golfer just to see she has three names now, just like those old-school 80s…

Go Ask Daddy About Girl Presidents, Bustling Bakeries and Trucker Talk

It’s quite an age we live in. True, I can’t take my kids to the airport to watch planes take off anymore. Sept. 11 took care of that. But they’ve seen some great things in their lifetimes. Even though their parents vote Republican, the significance of our first minority president isn’t lost on the girls….

Would You Die For Me, Daddy?

“Would you die for me, daddy?” Grace tiptoed behind me into the kitchen to ask her question. She knows I love her, because I always hold out six plain wings for her 8-year-old taste buds when I make them spicy for her sisters and I kiss her face and sing songs about her even if…