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I Have Father’s Smile

I have my dad’s smile. It was a common refrain for me to hear growing up: “You look so much like your dad!” And it’s true. I have his eyes, his hair (all on my head, thank goodness; he can keep the beard), his bone structure and body type, and even his sinuses (ask both…

Learning to Fall

I braved another kayak adventure a couple evenings ago after work. The wind had been blustering all day, and there were whitecaps on the lake. Not the most ideal conditions for a newbie, but newbies gotta learn to ride with the swells and paddle in the currents. No better time to learn than the present.…

Happy Father’s Day… For Real

(photo: Silvia de Luque) Dads get a bad rap these days. Proportionately, there are more studies on deadbeat dads, absentee fathers, violent fathers, drunk fathers, abusive fathers, and revolving door boyfriends posing as fathers, than there are about moms. On Mother's Day, the world bows down to the woman (most of the time) and praises…