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The Other Side Of The Apple

Recently on a roadtrip, my wife asked me to snag a snack from the bag in the back for her. I reached and removed a small apple, but upon handing to her was immediately asked to take it back. “I can’t eat this,” she said, showing me a dark spot on the back of the […]

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A Christmas Story

  While night-driving past subdivisions full of multi-colored lights and yard decorations, my kids asked me to tell them a Christmas story they’d never heard. This is the one I chose: There was a boy and a girl whose father woke them up one Christmas Eve and begged them to put their clothes on in […]

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Drag Out The Drumset

I met Ryan via an ad that was typed on white paper and taped to a light pole at the top of a hill on the campus of the University of Arkansas. I don’t remember exactly how the flyer read now, but essentially Ryan wanted to start a band. I was a second semester college […]

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Star Wars, Mario & John Denver

  Besides myself, his mother and his sister, my 5-year-old son Harper has three main role models these days: Super Mario Luke Skywalker John Denver Yes. You read that correctly. It started a few months ago when Harper – who much to my delight spends lots of time listening to and discussing bands and songs […]

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Go Ahead. Sell Out.

  Maybe you’ve seen it already. Maybe you haven’t. But poke around on Facebook for a few minutes and you are likely to come across it in some cousin’s feed. It’s the latest video from rock band OK Go and it’s called “The One Moment” and it’s been viewed over 17 million times in the […]

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Thanks For Pouring Your Heart Out

  My friend Megan told me some years ago that when she finished reading The Dud Avocado she wrote a letter to novelist Elaine Dundy to thank her for her work. “I don’t know. It just really impacted me and I thought she should know,” she offered in way of explanation. This struck me as […]

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Be Like Steve

  It’s been a weird week. No one is going to argue about that. And forget parties and preferences and candidates for a second. Just look at how we have all started to treat each other and take a deep breath. As I drove out of downtown this afternoon, navigating the traffic and the finally […]

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