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Not the Mama

Dreaming of Dad

baby-and-dad-sleeping

In my failure to be recognized as Time Magazine’s Father of the Year, I forgot two very important considerations. One, Time Magazine doesn’t confer such an award, and two, I was never nominated by my children. Read More »

Field of Screams

Happy father and his son playing baseball

By John Christmann On warm spring days I can’t wait to toss the baseball around. “How about a game of catch?” I asked my son enthusiastically one glorious Saturday morning.  “No thanks, Dad,” he replied nonchalantly, oblivious of my pained expression, “I’d rather play lacrosse.” Lacrosse? These days, lacrosse is an increasingly popular springtime sport, complete with well-organized youth leagues ... Read More »

Love is Deaf

Music Performance

Ah, the sounds of spring . . . robins twittering gaily in the morning . . . newly hung wind chimes ringing in the soft breeze . . . the gentle patter of May showers . . . the flat honk of a trombone practicing in the living room . . . Yes, as our budding musicians near the end ... Read More »

Two Birds

Birdhouses

Spring is upon us and my young son wants to build a house for the two bluebirds that will soon return.  We see them every year about this time, flitting among the trees, deciding where to nest, and complaining loudly about the mercurial weather.  It can’t be easy returning to New Jersey after spending a winter in Daytona.  Building a ... Read More »

Wrapping March

Wrapping March

I have an issue with cling wrap. Assuming you can find the invisible end against the clear roll, you quickly discover the only thing the thin plastic sheet clings to is itself.   Heaven help you if it folds together accidentally after being pulled from the roll.  And just try to free something that has been mummified in cling wrap.  Forget ... Read More »