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BEginnings

I inserted the key in the hole and unlocked the door to our hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee. I sat down on the sectional sofa in our room as my wife Lisa laid our adopted son on the sofa. He was sound asleep, and after meeting him for the first time the day before, we […]

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Malibu Wine Safari

Last year, between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, D and I boarded a former World War II navy vessel (USS Iowa), walking around to burn off excess calories from eating too much food during the holidays. This year, on a picturesque ranch in the rolling hills of Malibu, we hopped aboard a custom-built, open-air jeep with tiered […]

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Teamwork

I was tasked with helping D to clean his room. I say that I believe in fostering his independence, but five minutes into the job, he asked if he could take a mid-afternoon bath. I agreed, and even cleaned up his room for him, with this one caveat: he had to help me do the […]

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Pine Wood Derby

I listened to an interview with a mother on a Radiolab podcast (“The Ghosts of Football“) who said her eight-year-old son’s favorite part of playing football was the pizza party and trophy at the end of the season. Thirteen members of the boy’s family played in the NFL, and despite his ability to make other players […]

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Beach Fun

I need to have one of these days again…to just sit and look at the ocean. Haven’t had one of those days in a long time.

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First Audition

I don’t know if he’ll get a part or not. But when I learned the children’s choir was having auditions for acting parts in the upcoming the Children’s Easter Pageant, I knew I had to encourage D to audition. He has been part of five performances, though only once in an acting role as Heracles in […]

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This Certifies That

The switch blade may have lost some of its appeal from previous generations. But D still enjoyed earning a badge for demonstrating his knowledge and skill in the use of a personal pocketknife. His Whittling Chip certificate said, “By completing these safety requirements and by promising to abide by the Knives Are Not Toys guidelines […]

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Mambo Dance

The mambo dance is an annual tradition of Pack 658…and the kids love it.

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Bird Experts

I came home from visiting my mom in the hospital, and after I ate a five-minute dinner, D had to serve a time out for breaking a house rule. Of course, between going to the bathroom and various stall tactics, it took him fifteen minutes before making it to the time out area. So I […]

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Star Eco Station

This was a lot different than the Pet Store. Instead of seeing the usual dogs, cats, fish, turtles, crickets, hamsters and guinea pigs, we saw an alligator, two foxes, a 100-pound boa constrictor, and an assortment of reptiles and birds rescued by the U.S. Fish and Game Department from human traffickers. This was Star Eco […]

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