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Every Memorial Day I can’t help but think about Grandpa Brogan.  My mother’s father was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne during World War II.  He volunteered to join the war in October of 1942.  He trained for nearly 20 months before being dropped into France behind enemy lines just […]

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Mother’s Day tips for 1) kids and teens 2) husbands 3) adult children with mothers still living and 4) mothers For kids and teens: Be kind to your mother.  She deserves it.  As Bill Cosby says, she brought you into this world and she can take you out of it.  […]

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Great article this week by The Oregonian’s sports columnist John Canzano. He uses the murder-suicide of former Kansas City Chief player Jovan Belcher to remind all of us to be better “teammates” to our friends, co-workers, family members, and colleagues. I’m not sure I agree with his literal assessment of […]

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I’m a couple days late but thank you to all of the veterans out there and your families for your service and sacrifice. Several videos have been surfacing lately that have been capturing the reaction of the families of military men and women as they make a surprise visit home. […]

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I’m reading a book called “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters. 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know” by Dr. Meg Meeker. The bio in the book says she has “spent the past twenty years practicing pediatric and adolescent” and she pulls a lot of examples from her years of practice. Having come […]

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Though it’s not based on a true story, I thought “Trouble with the Curve” with Cliint Eastwood, Amy Adams, and John Goodman is a great father/daughter movie. Eastwood plays a crusty old baseball scout whose prime has seemingly passed. Due to his failing eyesight, he has to rely on his […]

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I LOVE BROADWAY! There. I said it. I admit it. I enjoy musicals. In fact, I’m taking three of my kids to see Wicked this week. I enjoy singing along to the tunes and I enjoy watching the performances. Many may say that’s not very “manly,” but I say hogwash. […]

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