12-year gift: Fireflies

12-year gift: Fireflies

Fourteen months ago, my wife and I bought this home. It had its flaws. It had its places it could be improved. It’s a slow…

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Welcome to the neighborhood

Welcome to the neighborhood

The sirens from the fire department spooled up in the distance. The firehouse is barely more than a mile away. If we listened close enough,…

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The moms in my life

The moms in my life

One woman kept me safe until I was old enough to keep myself safe. Another woman keeps me sane so I can be a good…

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To the man buying my house

To the man buying my house

Dear Ben, In September of 2000, I was 26 years old and had been married only three months. Scoop, a 13-pound dog that bit people…

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The man at the grocery store

The man at the grocery store

My wife is paranoid. She’ll admit it as readily as I say it, but she’ll call it “observant” or “careful.” She’s suspicious of people I’d…

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In search of a married man

In search of a married man

Power-fetch at the soccer fields zapped Big Girl Dog of enough energy that she wouldn’t want to eat the walls again for several hours. We…

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Luckiest man

Luckiest man

I take compliments badly. Always have. A good friend told me many years ago (and he probably doesn’t even remember it) that when somebody offers…

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Sunrise

Sunrise

I’ve seen a lot of sunrises in the past three months. Some have been shame’s flashlight, burnt orange, Vegas disasters that made me curse myself…

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I knew I should be afraid

I knew I should be afraid

I woke up this morning with an inescapable sense that I should be afraid. It was still dark out, which meant the monsters still hadn’t…

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The St. John ache

The St. John ache

We sat at the corner of a beachside bar in St. John. We were spent from a day of hiking, swimming in Solomon Bay, and…

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