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It’s Too Late For Us: Why the Fight for Parental Leave in the U.S. Should Continue

I’m 33. Many people in my age group are having kids and are realizing just how bad family leave policies are in the United States. Me? I’ve known it my entire professional career. The US offers just 12 weeks of job protected, unpaid leave for many, but not all, mothers Out of 185 countries, the […]

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Work/Life Balance and Lessons from Managing Two Careers

My wife and I both work. We’re not alone, obviously. But since we had a baby last year, we’ve thought a lot more about our careers. There seems to be a growing group of people who look a lot like us: two people who want to not just continue working because they need to, but […]

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Year One

Dear Elida, 365 days ago, at this exact time, I held you for the first time. I cried. You see, your mom got you all to herself for nine months. My connection to you was through occasional viewings through creepy looking ultrasounds that just made me feel like I was watching terrible sci-fi or through […]

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Looking for Truth in a World Looking for Validation

The internet is a great place. It’s also, of course, awful. Everyone talks about how the Internet has rewired our brains or made us lazier. Whatever. I worry more about the instant validation people can find for, quite literally, almost anything. Elvis lives? Sure, there is a place you can congregate and talk about how […]

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Slow Down You(r) Crazy Child

Our trip to Hawaii was our first big one with a child. It definitely changed a few things for us. First of all, I was never one of those guys that hated seeing kids while traveling. In fact, one of my more enjoyable travel experiences was sharing some Beatles tunes with a three year old […]

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Ranking Posts by @SteveBoese, Ranked

Occasionally, my friend and 8 man rotation compatriot Steve Boese writes a post ranking certain aspects of life with minimal explanation. Today, I rank those posts from best to worst. 1. Rob Lowes 2. Months 3. Basketball Shots 4. Store Bought Cookies 5. Grunge Songs 6. Ways to Contact Steve 7. Classic Toys 8. Getting […]

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“I’m Busy”

A lot of conversations these days start off the same way. Me: Hey, how’s it going? Them: Good. Really busy. You? Me: Same. Over and over again it goes. I’m busy. I’m writing a lot — for work most of the time, not for myself. When I get to the end of my day, I don’t necessarily […]

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The Writings of Margaret Walden Haun

Margaret Haun was my great-grandmother. Born in 1909, she died in 2000 and she was a fairly prolific writer, especially in the latter part of her life. I’ve been trying to collect some of her works but they are scattered across many different publications. She submitted to magazines and journals and from what I can […]

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Legacy

It’s 5:45 in the morning and I’m up, looking out the window. The dawn is starting to break on the familiar hill above the farm. The sunlight is filtering through clouds and trees, onto a dew-covered pasture littered with cows and their calves. The upstairs is a little cold, but I can smell the coffee […]

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Four Months

Dear Elida, We’re four months into our journey together in parenthood. Everything that everyone told us about it is true, too. Babies don’t sleep well Babies need things Babies are disgusting So… I don’t sleep well I don’t get things I get to clean up disgusting things All of the good things are true, too. […]