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Sit down folks, because this is a sports-related post that IS NOT written by Cliff. Last week I was at an Inc. magazine conference, where I heard Bonnie St. John speak. For those of you not keeping track at home, St. John is the first African-American to win an Olympic medal in downhill skiing. And more »

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I saw this someecard today, and recalled a post from last year on how I can never seem to parallel park with Cliff is in the car. Though I can whip into tight spaces when I’m alone, I always seem to whiff instead of whip when Cliff is riding with me. Based on some research more »

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  Our family mostly enjoys road trips. After all, what red-blooded American couldn’t appreciate the open road or gas station snacks or alphabet games or playlists (formerly known as mix tapes)? Unfortunately, road trips are preceded by packing. And while packing once seemed pretty simple, it is now one of the most dreaded processes in our more »

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The email arrived in the middle of my work day – just a line or two from Cliff: “We’ve got to figure out what we’re doing about the dinner on 5/14. Are we cooking, buying, asking people to bring potluck?” What dinner on the 14th? I wondered. Are we hosting something? I checked our Google more »

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We’re coming up on a new phase in our lives as parents, here at the Johnson household. That we were on the edge of this new phase became apparent a few weeks ago. Cliff had the day off work but I didn’t, and Sam had school. Hoping to get a little Daddy-Daughter play date underway, more »

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Work travel feels pretty exotic…at first. Airline miles. Meals out. Hotel stays. Free cookies (depending upon the hotel, anyway). What’s not to like, right? Well, as everyone eventually learns, there are plenty of downsides too. Those airplanes are cramped, those meals out are hardly healthy and hotels only seem glamorous for a while (especially the more »

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I’d like to tell you the story of the dumbest thing I’ve ever done. At the time, this story was so traumatic that I quarantined it for publication for 12 months. It’s only in the last few weeks that I’ve been able to recall it without getting a sick feeling in my stomach.  It started more »

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Did you know that before Jessica Chastain captured Osama Bin Laden or learned to cook from her maid, she was just another small town resident with a small business, a daughter who had special needs and a husband that believed an apocalyptic storm was getting closer by the day? While Ms. Chastain has captured Oscar attention this more »

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This last Saturday, Ohio State defeated Michigan by a score of 26-21. As OSU fans will surely point out, that makes it 366 days since the Wolverines last beat the Buckeyes in football (such counters were particularly popular around Columbus during Ohio State’s 7 straight victories from 2004-2010). The Game is an annual tradition well-known more »

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Stitched

When you live with a 2 year-old and a 5 year-old, arriving home to the sound of tears is actually pretty common, but I usually can’t hear said tears from several houses down. This particular Thursday evening was different. When my daughter Maggie and I approached our front gate, we found quite a scene. My more »

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