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In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost

Posts filed under Family

Why I Probably Won’t Play With Your Kid

Note: I wrote this in 2010, when my son was barely six years old. This may seem heartless or callous to some, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about quite a bit lately. I enjoy hanging out with my son. Whether we’re building things with Legos, folding complex paper airplanes, or just exploring streets deserted… (read more)

No Plan for Devil’s Eyebrow

We wanted to explore a new Natural Area that had been dedicated in 2012. There were no trail maps, no directions explaining where to see the best spots. No GPS coordinates for waterfalls or cascades. Nothing saying, “then turn left here.” (click any image to enlarge) It was January, 2015, and the directions I found… (read more)

A Belated Birthday Dedication Letter

Chris, Ever since we were–what, 7?–I have known that your birthday was either September 9 or 11. Then that thing happened, and the date was forever solidified in my brain. It isn’t 9 or 11, it’s 9-11. Numbers aside, I’m glad we’re still friends, and lately I’m realizing how much our friendship shaped who I… (read more)

Thanksgiving Then and Now

I remember a coloring book page from gradeschool. Newly-arrived Europeans sat at a picnic table with Native Americans seated beside them, with ladies from both ethnic groups bringing freshly harvested items to the table — corn on the cob, potatoes, and other foods that have become staples in the Thanksgiving tradition. A plump, golden roasted… (read more)

A Dad Who Left Early

We lost a great dad this week. His name was Steve Caffey. When I first saw Steve, probably at Christmas in 1992, I thought, “Wow, that guy needs to wash his hands.” Then I learned he was a mechanic, and realized he probably had washed them more times that day than I would wash mine… (read more)