TV on Demand!

Dear Kiddos You guys have no idea how convenient TV viewing is for you guys? Actually, just viewing altogether, I know that you youngsters supposedly now watch more entertainment on computers, pads, and phones than on TV. Before all this easy recording or on demand entertainment we had to race home to catch a show […]

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Someone’s Birthday Who Could NOT be Trusted!

Hello Kiddies Today is your grandfather’s birthday. He’s now been gone 4 years and of course we all miss him tremendously. He would have been 85 years old today and still concerned about his appearance. What’s important is that he really loved and enjoyed you guys, you kids were a kind of renaissance for your […]

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Airplanes

Dear Kids appreciate airplanes. So this long weekend, mom and dad took one of our two favorite children to the University of Michigan. You kids may recall that we live in California, so we jumped on an airplane to go to Ann Arbor and of course flew back home. To this day I still find […]

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Thinking Outside the Bottle

I was recently at a store and as I walk past their wine aisle I was a bit surprised by some of the labels. Now I’ve seen a few quirky ones before and I don’t often buy wine, but I was really bowled over by some of their names. What amazed me was how outside […]

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When your Kids are Old enough to Really Help!

Last weekend I had a monumental yard/gardening task that I had been putting off for way too long. Of course with yards, the longer you put it off, the worst the problem gets with things getting overgrown and leaves piling up, etc. I had finally built up the courage to tackle it and as I was […]

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The Crew Got Together!

Just wanted to state the obvious, life is pretty great when we get the crew together. It was nice having everyone home, even if it was for a short period. Sure, we get on each other’s nerves and can’t agree on what to watch on TV (I refuse to ever watch 30-day Fiance or Terrace […]

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The Moment you Discover this is NOT your Thing!!

Kiddos News Flash – We are not meant to either enjoy or even be good at everything. Now some of us are better at hiding this fact versus other people. The people who have difficulty hiding such things should probably also never play poker, employ themselves as spies, or be mob snitches. It’s good to know […]

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Mother’s Day!

Dear Kids Life is great and possible because of mothers! You would never be born if it was left to men to give birth to you! So let’s celebrate the day that made your existence possible.  You should apologize to your mother for what you did to her body and for all the sleepless nights […]

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Do Something Bold … or at least plan to!

  Dear Kids I was recently thinking about Uncle Frank; my much older and less good looking brother. Despite genetics not being too kind to him, I do admire his boldness. First, the courage to go out in public wearing those pants and second the goal he set for himself. Uncle Frank wanted to be […]

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Yeah… Finals are over! Time to Celebrate!

Kiddo With finals over and you now being 21, it might be time to celebrate by grabbing a drink somewhere.   Allow to me suggest a lemonade. However, when you come back home, you will have to buy your old man a beer as a right of passage.  Your brother will probably want in on the […]

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Modern Medicine is Great!

Dear Sister! Your Brother is no stranger to the doctor and strange medical conditions! But this is actually an opportunity for us to realize why life is great. For the first 1 million years of human history, if you had a so much as a cut, you would probably get an infection and die! Life […]

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Books Make Great Hiding Places!

Dear Daughter Last day of exams Baby! Hopefully you have not reached a point where you are hiding behind the books instead of actually studying them? Life is great when difficult things reach their end and today is that end! Get through the day, celebrate, and crash with some comfort food! Proud of you Kiddo. […]

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It’s Time for the Big Finish!

Dear Daughter This is it, the last sprint of this long race. Time for the big, impressive finish that people will be talking about forever. You got it in you, let it out, no need to hold back anymore. This is your Magnum moment, time to unleash the beast, even Mugatu is going to be […]

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You are Not Screwed – It just feels like it!

Dear Daughter Today is the first of your finals, you probably woke up this morning feeling very all alone. That it’s you against the world and you are sooooo screwed!  I hope I’m wrong, but in case I’m not, then I want you to know that we all experience that. I usually feel that way […]

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Feels Like You Don’t know What’s going on?

Dear Daughter Last day to  study before finals and it may feel like you’re the only one who doesn’t know what’s going on while all the other students are just going to nail it? Don’t believe that for a moment! Yes, there will be 5% that will nail it, these brainiacs are often gifted and […]

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Happy 21st Birthday Kiddo!

Kiddo I can’t believe it’s your 21st Birthday! You could now legally buy your old man a beer! Don’t buy any for your brother, he’s getting plenty at home; maybe too many? I’m sorry that you can’t blow out a candle today and have your wish come true.  I know the wish would be that […]

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Sometimes Things Just Itch!

Dear Daughter Sometimes things just itch and need to be scratched … and that’s usually OK if there are no rashes or bugs involved!  It may seem trivial, but Life sure is Great when you can reach where it itches. It’s torture when you can’t reach an itch! Enjoy this ability, as you get older […]

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Sometimes you Surprise Yourself!

Kiddos You know what’s great about life?  Sometimes you actually even surprise yourself and accomplish more than you thought you could! Doesn’t always happen, but it’s nice when it does. Of course this usually only happens when you’re trying your best but feel a little less than confident in your results. It might also be […]

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Dance & Wear Sunscreen!

Alright kiddos Yes life is hard right now, but these are the moments to truly celebrate the beautiful things in life so you can focus on why life is great. For example, consider the wonder that is the dance known as the “gate!” Nothing is more elegant or graceful then that, not even ballet. As […]

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It’s Time to Kick Butt & Get Rewarded!

Dear Daughter As I hope you are aware, this is dead week. Dead week does not mean simply playing dead in bed while catching up on all the sleep you’ve been recently missing; although that’s important too. Dead week is about getting ready to kick butt on your finals  and hopefully repeating the rewards of […]

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