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Mr. Picarella goes to Washington

April 21, 2017
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Mr. Picarella is not a mister. He’s a 13-year-old kid. He’s my kid! My wife and I try to protect him from the world, but I promise, we don’t shelter him. We let him ride…

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Dog walk has a second purpose

April 8, 2017
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I could walk my dog past other people on walks (“Oh, he’s so cute!”), by kids on skateboards (out of nowhere, they come piercing through the quiet evening), through construction zones with jackhammering (Thd-thd-thd-thd-thd), into…

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The day a mysterious package came

March 17, 2017
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My wife and I don’t use our home phone. We use our cell phones. In fact, the only people calling us on our land line are salespeople and scammers, making me often wonder why we…

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Die, germs, die!

March 3, 2017
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Last week everyone was sick. Not me. Not my wife. Not our 12-year-old son. But everyone else. According to my wife, it’s “kill” or “be killed.” “Stay away from the germs,” she told me. One…

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Cultured kid watches good movies

February 25, 2017
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The arts are among the core building blocks of a child’s development, and since the birth of my son, I’ve aimed to give him an edge in the cinematic arts. From silent films to the…

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Kid has more fun at Disneyland without Mom and Dad

February 17, 2017
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Before my wife and I got married, we dated. When I felt it was time to see if we had what it took to be a more serious couple, we went to Disneyland. We had…

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Forget about forgetting surgery

February 10, 2017
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There’s another dimension of surgery beyond that which is known to the patient. According to the guy in the hospital who kept referring to himself as my bartender, I, the patient in this case, wouldn’t…

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To My Wife

January 20, 2017
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I suppose you’ll call this a confession when you read it. I don’t like the word confession, but something’s been weighing heavy on my conscience and I just want to set you right about one…

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I don’t wanna hold your baby

January 6, 2017
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Your baby might be real cute, but I don’t wanna hold it. It’s not personal. When I got a new car, I didn’t ask people if they wanted to drive it. When I got my…

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All charged up for the New Year

December 30, 2016
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When my son was born 13 years ago, my wife and I couldn’t even pay someone large sums of cash we didn’t have to get an invite to a New Year’s Eve party. It was…

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