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Parenting is about the small joys

By   /  May 20, 2012  /  Brett Buckner, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     There are joys great and small that come with being a parent. For every first word or graduation ceremony, there’s an expected giggle or insight that makes us swell with pride. Public humiliation is such a small joy. And it’s a door that swings both ways. Jellybean’s embarrassed me by, for example, [...]

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The Music of Our Lives

By   /  May 14, 2012  /  Brett Buckner, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     Music has played a huge part in my life. I got my first kiss at a fifth grade lock-in while slow dancing to Bon Jovi’s “Never Say Goodbye” off the seminal Slippery When Wet. When my house burned down, the only thing I actually mourned was the loss of my KISS records. [...]

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Cool doesn’t care about temperature

By   /  May 7, 2012  /  Brett Buckner, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     My grandmother – or maybe it was Captain Kangaroo – used to say, “Cool doesn’t care about temperature.” While such wink-and-a-nod sarcasm was mainly aimed at yours truly, they pertain to teenagers of any generation, when looking good and fitting in defy all other forms of logic.  It’s why so many young [...]

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Let’s give Jellybean something to talk about

By   /  April 30, 2012  /  Brett Buckner, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet       It’s important for a father to bond with his daughter. It takes time and effort, finding not only mutual interests but also forging new levels of compatibility. It’s not necessarily natural, but the benefits will be played out for years and years to come. These building blocks, like the foundational stones [...]

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Of music and rebellion

By   /  April 23, 2012  /  Brett Buckner, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     I never thought Lil’ Wayne would become such a dominant presence in my life … or Lil’ John or Lil’ Mama or any other the other legions of “Lil’ ” hip-hop stars that seem to have recently invaded my radio. Little Red Riding Hood. Little Bo Peep. Little Orphan Annie. The Little [...]

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What do ya mean I’ve got a ‘bubble butt’?

By   /  April 17, 2012  /  Brett Buckner, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     It wasn’t supposed to hurt my feelings, mainly because I didn’t understand what she was talking about … but it sure wasn’t a compliment. Allow me to set the stage The Diva and I were sitting in the car waiting for cheerleading practice to end. And no, she’s not a cheerleader but [...]

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Kids will command your attention…whether you want them to or not

By   /  April 9, 2012  /  Brett Buckner, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     I try to pay attention. I try to stay involved, connected; to say all the right things and hide my swelling impatience. I want her to know that I’m proud of her accomplishments. But a man – even the most well-intentioned father – can only feign wonder and excitement so many times [...]

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There are no secrets

By   /  April 2, 2012  /  Brett Buckner, Opinion  /   Comments

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Tweet     Life with Jellybean is like living with a TMZ reporter. Every little secret and embarrassing moment is thrown out there for strangers to ridicule and nothing is left to the imagination. Now I know what it’s like to be Lindsay Lohan – minus the cocaine and craziness. Take for example the answer [...]

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A Parenting Rhapsody

By   /  March 25, 2012  /  Brett Buckner, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     It was a rare attempt at subterfuge and it failed miserably … it’s impossible to sneak anything past a 4-year-old, but you can’t blame a Daddy for trying. I wanted to listen to MY music for a change. It was just a 10-minute drive to Wal-Mart, and I figured we’d be in [...]

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It’s all about the intent

By   /  March 20, 2012  /  Brett Buckner, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     I would think she was playing me if she didn’t look so sincere. “We don’t say, ‘butt’ because ‘butt’ is a bad word.” And that’s pretty much how the conversation begins, but it’s far from over. For Jellybean there’s an ever-growing list of words and phrases that she’s not supposed to say [...]

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