WORK AT HOME DAD: SUN UP TO MIDNIGHT About 17 years ago, I was asked to make a decision worthy of Solomon. My employer gave me the choice of commuting to the office every day, which sometimes took between 30 minutes and two hours depending on traffic, or working at home with a high-speed …

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  “You still have a fever. You can’t go to the party.” “But daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad, daaaaaaaaaaaaaady, everyone will be there. It’s my first sleepover party. You’re so mean. I’m never talking to you again!” And so it goes. Back and forth between mom and dad, trying to drive a wedge between resolute (wife) and wavering (dad), …

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  Scene: A dark, nightlight-lit bedroom deep in the heart of suburbia. One slightly graying, nearing 50 man. One used-to-be gray, now professionally dyed woman. One hypo-allergenic dog perched on the edge of the bed. As the omnipresent central air conditioning cools off this private, semi-secluded boudoir, things begin to heat up. There is tension …

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Throughout our lives, we make friends. On playgrounds playing kickball, over a game of quarters in college, in offices working collaboratively and repeatedly on another PowerPoint presentation. Sometimes it is serendipitous while taking the A train. Sometimes random through a friend of a friend at some other friend’s party. And sometimes it takes years of …

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  I am a dad, husband, son, mortgage holder, weed wacker, dishwasher loader, grill master, friend to my neighbors and no friend to any vermin or insect attacking my foundation. Occasionally, I get to watch the game but more often I am coaching where dribbling and passing are an art form. Instead of beers and …

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