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The Sound of Music

By   /  August 6, 2012  /  Brett Buckner  /  Comments Off

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Tweet I thought I recognized the tune Jellybean mumbled while puttering dancing through the den. “… I feel sad when you’re sad/I feel glad when you’re glad…” It struck a chord, but I couldn’t immediately place it.

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To Jellybean: Be careful what you wish for!

By   /  July 30, 2012  /  Brett Buckner  /  Comments Off

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Tweet Jellybean’s been asking for a little brother for a while now. So, like the doting, dutiful parents we are, My Lovely Wife and I gave Jellybean what she wanted. But rather than going through all the hassle of insemination and pregnancy – the waiting and the expense, we did the next best thing.

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Technology kills…or at least embarrasses

By   /  July 23, 2012  /  Brett Buckner  /  Comments Off

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Tweet   Everyone knows technology kills – just ask Oprah who’s always warning about the dangers of texting while driving, or anyone stuck behind some schmuck at a red light who’s too busy checking for updates on his fantasy football  league  to put his for-real foot on the for-real accelerator and get the heck out [...]

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The joy of lying

By   /  July 16, 2012  /  Brett Buckner  /  Comments Off

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Tweet   Lying is bad. Lying is wrong. Lying is necessary … for parents. As soon as sperm meets egg and the miracle of life begins, parents are entrusted with a moral get-out-of-jail-free card. In short, parents are allowed to lie as long as it’s in an effort to either save money or sanity. Funny [...]

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One wild and “hairy” week

By   /  July 2, 2012  /  Brett Buckner, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     We playfully call it the “Cop Knock.” It’s The Diva’s subtle way of telling us she’s about to enter a room and we’d better be prepared. We call it a “Cop Knock” because it’s loud and the way she bursts into a room three seconds later is so frightening that My Lovely [...]

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Teens are confusing

By   /  June 24, 2012  /  Brett Buckner, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     Like the teenagers we struggle to raise, parents are never satisfied. We complain because they ignore us, disconnect from us, roll their eyes when we speak, act like we were born in the Stone Ages and are generally as about as pleasant to hang around as a bag full of angry badgers. [...]

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There’s a new Diva in the house

By   /  June 18, 2012  /  Brett Buckner, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     It’s like living with a tiny tyrant, a pint-sized Imelda Marcos with fewer shoes, Paris Hilton minus the paparazzi. The Diva’s no longer The Diva. That tongue-in-cheek title’s been wrestled away by Jellybean whose become the most demanding cuss this side of Celebrity Rehab. And the way she talks to her dear [...]

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Remembering Kimberly

By   /  June 11, 2012  /  Brett Buckner, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     We’d been friends since first grade, but I hadn’t spoken to her in a decade I remember the last time I saw her. It was my high school’s 10 year reunion – the Riverview Academy Vikings class of 1992. We’d all graduated from college, taken over the family business or settled into [...]

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Daddy to the rescue

By   /  June 4, 2012  /  Brett Buckner, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     It’s the shout heard ‘round the house. The one that makes my skin crawl, not because I don’t wanna help a Jellybean in distress, but rather because … well … I just don’t want to do it. “DAD-E-E-E-E-E! Can you come and wipe me?” Ewwww! Honestly, I thought after we got the [...]

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Daddy to the rescue

By   /  May 28, 2012  /  Brett Buckner, Opinion  /  Comments Off

Brett Buckner

Tweet     It’s the shout heard ‘round the house. The one that makes my skin crawl, not because I don’t wanna help a Jellybean in distress, but rather because … well … I just don’t want to do it. “DAD-E-E-E-E-E! Can you come and wipe me?” Ewwww! Honestly, I thought after we got the [...]

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