A Gun Proposal (Because I’m Stupid Like That)

I’ve been thinking lately about guns and what to do with them. I’ve been thinking about it in part because my son has suddenly developed a strong interest in learning to shoot. I would chalk it up to superhero movies making guns seem cool, but in our other conversations I detect a deeper motivation. I […]

We Are People, Not Issues

I’ve been rattling this idea around in my head for a while, and the events of this week have sort of brought it to the forefront. It seems like a common sense thing to me, but maybe my common sense is defective. Anyway, here it goes: I am a person, not an issue. And so […]

Let Those Without Sin Hold Parenting Classes

Once upon a time, while at a Braves game with my family, I lost my daughter amid a sea of 30,000 people. (Obviously, this was a while ago.) We were in the upper deck at Turner Field, where the Kid Zone is, and my son declared his need for the potty. Since my son has […]

40

Today I turn 40. Things I’ve learned over my four decades: Prostate exams aren’t comfortable in the slightest, but they’re a cotton-candy-coated breeze compared to what it must feel like to give birth. Hell is outliving a child. You can’t run away from who you are, or who you’re meant to be. Christmas isn’t fun until you […]

The Trouble With Growing Up

Yesterday was one of those days when you know you’re a grown up. My collegiate alma mater hired a head football coach who is the same age as me. A young woman from my high school graduating class died from cancer. My daughter got off the bus and told me a boy asked her to go […]