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We had a long week, a few weeks ago. Nothing was wrong, or even bad. Just long. It started with me taking a red eye flight back to Chicago after a work trip in Phoenix. To this state of mind-numb tiredness, we added a weekend with family, runny noses, presidential campaign politics, ongoing potty training, more »

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We’ve been getting less and less sunlight around the Midwest lately.  Our seasons are changing, and our clocks have not fallen back. What does that mean? Well, the snooze button seems more tempting every morning. You know the feeling, right? When you wake to darkness and chill and a full meeting schedule, the day can more »

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I’m a fan of Modern Family, and especially of the character Phil Dunphy. Part sage, part dunce, it’s easy for him to steal the show. In last week’s episode, Phil gives his daughter a book of his accumulated wisdom, in proverb form, as a going away to college present. Some of my favorites: You only more »

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I recently read Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “What the Dog Saw,” a collection of his favorite writings from over the years. In typical Gladwell fashion, every piece starts off being about one thing before he becomes fascinated with something different altogether. Kinda like M. Night Shyamalan, except – you know – good. At any rate, one more »

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg married his college sweetheart, Priscilla Chan, over the weekend. The couple has been together for ages, so the nuptials were a surprise only in their timing: they happened one day after Facebook’s initial public offering (perhaps you heard about that …), and less than a week after Chan graduated from medical more »

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Do you ever just feel blah?  You know that feeling, right? It’s the temporary feeling that nothing is distinctly wrong, and yet something, maybe almost everything, is vaguely dissatisfying. It may be a sunny spring day at the park with your healthy, happy children, and you still feel a little gray. The Blahs are different more »

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When Cliff and I started dating – oh so many years ago – we were living in different cities. At the time, Facebook was but a glimmer in Mark Zuckerberg’s teenage eye. Texting wasn’t common – in fact, only I had a cell phone and it was just for emergencies. And while Tweety Bird was more »

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  You expect your best friend to finish your sentences, right? So shouldn’t your wife know that “Ohio State plays on Saturday,” means “Cancel plans with the babysitter, we’re going to watch the game”? Shouldn’t your husband know that “What do you want for supper?,” means “Isn’t it your turn to cook?” Direct communication is more »

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Amber and I recently watched “Being Elmo,” a documentary about Kevin Clash. I will admit a certain degree of skepticism heading into this particular film; after all, we generally try to avoid Sesame Street once our two year old heads to sleep. But the film pleasantly surprised us. Clash’s story is downright inspirational, a reminder more »

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A few years ago I took a day off work to deep clean our carpets. (I really know how to have a good time, huh?) I rented a steam cleaner from the local Home Depot, and went to work on the stubborn spots on the stairs, the ground in dirt in the hallway, and the more »

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