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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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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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Parenting is all about compromises

By   /  February 13, 2012  /  Brett Buckner, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     Nothing ruins the morning quiet like a bleary-eyed argument. Jellybean doesn’t ease into her day – much like her old man – rather she wakes up with her mental faculties firing on all cylinders, placing her in a distinct advantage when it comes to convincing me of something that I know is [...]

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For parents, lying is often a necessary evil

By   /  January 6, 2012  /  Brett Buckner, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet Brett Buckner is an award-winning freelance newspaper/magazine writer who was raised in Albany. Sometimes, parents have to lie. All parents want is for our children to succeed where we failed. Doing that means steering them away from all the dreadful mistakes we made growing up … even if those “mistakes” didn’t turn out all [...]

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