Category Archives: Navel Gazing

12 Thanksgiving Rules for Single, Divorced Dads

Variance from any of these rules will result in: lost sleep, self-loathing, alienation from your children, and validation of your ex-wife’s decision to kick your sorry ass out of the house. Don’ts If you attempt to compete for attention or … Continue reading

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Showing Up

An ancient paradox of social manners is that people in the public eye who have messy personal lives – people who are open to and deserving of our ridicule — can sometimes provide useful insights to guide modern youth, or … Continue reading

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Meditations on Don Draper (Part 5)

Sally Draper and I are contemporaries, though we grew up in different parts of the country. By the end of the seventh and final season of “Mad Men,” she and I will both have lived through the sixties. We remember … Continue reading

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The One About the Time I Varnished Over the Birdshit

The house where I spent most of my childhood was considered old by California standards. It was built in 1937. Yes, I know what you are thinking: that you are still wearing underwear older than that house. So? Get used … Continue reading

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My Proust Questionnaire

Your favorite virtue: Patience mixed with persistence are the virtues that will not allow a good idea to be abandoned. Your favorite qualities in a man: Compassion, tenderness, and forgiveness Your favorite qualities in a woman: Empathy, toughness, and short … Continue reading

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I Am (Temporarily) at a Loss for Words

When you write in an office all day, you need to be able to clear your mind to write on your own account outside the office. Events and trends in the past few weeks have flooded my mind with so … Continue reading

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Meditations on Don Draper (Part 1)

I will admit to a fascination with Don Draper that borders on unhealthy. My “obsession” does not cross over to the dark side because I recognize that Don is a role model for an age that we should not remember … Continue reading

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