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To My Middle Child

Don’t worry, I see you there. Craning your neck to see what your big brother is doing, while I kick my swollen feet onto the ottoman. I hear you squeal–with glee, frustration, hunger–and realize that by the time your brother was this age, he had mastered three baby signs. I hear you talk to yourself in your […]

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Close to Home

When I was six, I convinced my little brother to join my club.  For his contribution of nine dollars, he could be vice-president, while I was president, secretary, and treasurer.  Even though I only contributed a dollar myself, as the treasurer, it was my responsibility to ensure our money was spent in an appropriate manner, […]

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Can Love Really Last Forever?

“Maybe nothing lasts forever, even when you stay together.”  —Sheryl Crow, “My Favorite Mistake” Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are divorcing. I don’t know them, of course; but, still, this news saddens me more than the average celebrity split. It’s difficult not to make judgmental speculations at first glance: They’re rich; they’re gorgeous; they have three […]

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On Raising Kids in Broad Ripple

In recent years, I’ve often heard young couples who live in the Broad Ripple area make a similar statement: “We absolutely love living here, but once we have kids, we’re moving to Fishers/Carmel/Noblesville/Avon/Greenwood.” I can certainly understand how Broad Ripple acquired its less-than-family-friendly reputation, and a drive down Broad Ripple Avenue at 2 a.m. on […]

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