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A Stubborn boy

My middle son is a damned stubborn child. He gets it from his mother of course. Stubbornness though can serve a person well, when tempered with wisdom, and focus and courage. It’s an essential ingredient to greatness; the x-factor that separates the best of us from the rest of us. Left untended however, stubbornness will simply burn a person up from

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Ride or die

One of the unique joys that I’ve found with fatherhood is the ability to relive experiences with a fresh perspective, almost as if it’s a chance to reconnect with my own childhood. My oldest son graduated to a 21 speed mountain bike today and this evening we went on a five mile ride. “I didn’t know you could ride a bike like

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Ninja Space Pirates

There was much deliberation at the Kirkpatrick house this evening, one of the great debates of history really. Who’s cooler, ninjas or pirates? My middle son and myself are on team pirate. My eldest son is on team Ninja and for some reason the three year old decided that he was too. The debate was getting pretty heated when I

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The “aha” moment

I was in an Air Emergency Transport Jet flying above a thunderstorm from Wyoming to Denver. Delirium had nearly set in after being up for over 36 hours and I was still trying to wrap my head around the fact that the tiny human with all the tubes and wires hanging off of him in the incubator in front of me was my son. This

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Oreo Heist

It’s not yet dawn but the faintest first rays of the day begin to filter into the toddler’s room. His eyes snap open, alert and hungry. His other senses must wake yet, so he lies completely still, listening to the muted rumble that is the still slumbering household. “Good…” he thinks to himself as a thin smile stretches across his face.

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A legendary summer

Hot dogs sizzle on a grill top breathing a cloud of grease scented smoke into the air. A lawn mower growls in the distance like a steady bass line carrying the melody of children’s gleeful laughter.  The wind rustles the leaves of the trees overhead and birds scatter into the warm glow of the horizon beyond. Summertime, and the livin’s

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The Soggies

When I was a kid, nothing scared me more than the soggies, as in the bad guys from the Captain Crunch commercials. For those of you who missed it, they were pirates made of milk sogged cereal who would forcibly board Captain Crunch’s ship and try to murder him. Or at least that was my take away. I would have

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If it’s yellow it’s mellow

Indoor plumbing is the cornerstone of civilization, period. Our sewer line backed up Friday evening and now by Monday morning we have devolved into a pack of savage Neanderthals.  We are unkempt and un-showered. The dishes are winning the battle for the kitchen and I fear the laundry room is already lost. The dogs are avoiding me and I think

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