Essay: On kindergarten, crying and Pearl Jam

Eddie Vedder tells me, “…you try this one.” So, I do. Or, at least I try. I know someday you’ll have a beautiful life. I know you’ll be a star. I’m driving and I’m crying. I’m crying and I’m driving. I’m cryving. But I try to sing along: In somebody else’s sky but whyyyyyyyyyhhyyyyy whyyyyyyhy whyyyyyyyyyyyyhhhhyyyyy… …

On dogs, death and children

Ask any parent and they’ll agree. As the years go by, there are seemingly countless opportunities for conversations with children that could be categorized as “tough.” Disciplinary conversations? Check. Weird questions about life? Yep. Puberty-type things? Gulp. Death … Death is a tough one on so many levels. For starters, it’s just tough to comprehend. I’m …

What Happens When Your Child Inspires You?

The goal for any father should be to inspire his children. On his death bed — and hopefully sometime before that, too — he yearns to hear that he’s been an inspiration for, provided meaningful guidance to and simply paved the way for his children. This past weekend, I’m proud to report that a reverse …