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Word from Dad

After James finished his junior year, he had the opportunity to participate in a work apprenticeship program. He’d agreed, but as the time grew nearer, he dug in his heels. Read more

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Today’s salty language is omnipresent, but a foul mouth was far more rare in my youth, and I never heard Dad swear. Read more

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“Hi, Mom. Whatcha making?” Read more

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I parked the car and turned off the ignition. “Come on, guys. Let’s see how your new preschool looks. Read more

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I knew better than to ask Mom. The last time I’d told her there wasn’t anything to do, I spent half the weekend cleaning my room. Read more

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“James, Mom and I are going to the store. Want to come?” Read more

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“Dad, I’m bored.” James seldom whined, so his complaint caught my attention. Ian stood behind him, his arms crossed because I allowed no electronic games. Read more

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Shortly after school resumed, Bob beat me home, but didn’t go in. Instead, he stooped and picked up a large, soft-covered volume. Read more

Christmas in KC

“I don’t like it.” “How do you know? You haven’t even tasted it.” Read more

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James snatched a pumpkin treat, barely cool enough to touch. “Father, what did you do on Halloween when you were little?” Read more

Fall in KC

“Got any big plans for tonight?” On this warm, Friday evening in September, Sandi was headed out the door for work and I stood on the porch, bidding her farewell. Read more

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Sandi and I sat on the patio the evening before the new school year and enjoyed a quiet moment in the cool air. Read more

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Two things struck me about the air conditioning of my youth: expensive and rare. Read more

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“Bill, I have to go somewhere for a couple of hours. Can you stay with Dad for a bit?” Read more

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“Mom, what’s this?” I pointed to something on David’s tummy. He’d only been home for a couple days and I wanted to learn everything about my new baby brother. Read more

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Autism had made traditional approaches to discipline ineffective, so we’d relied on alternative methods. We tried to make our home a refuge of peace, and it had worked for James. Read more

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Immobilized. Unable to move. I could breathe, but nothing more. This wasn’t my fault, but I knew exactly how it happened. Read more

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Sandi took a sip of coffee and nestled into my arm. “You’re going to have to talk to Ian. He has a girlfriend and he’s really embarrassed about it. You’ll have to be gentle, but he needs to know how to treat a relationship.” Read more

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“Dad, I need some money.” Ian said one to me one winter evening. Read more

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Ian turned to me at Thanksgiving dinner. “Dad, when are we going to put up our tree?” Read more

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