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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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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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Parents can get something out of punishment

By   /  March 12, 2012  /  Brett Buckner, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     It’s the best punishment ever … and gives me an actual recourse when reaching “Three.” See, I thought counting was like an evil spell that put kids under a grown-up’s control. Turns out that trick, like every other aspect of parenting, wasn’t nearly as easy as it sounded. Trouble was, I didn’t [...]

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Cute trumps all!

By   /  March 5, 2012  /  Brett Buckner, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     It’s a good thing Jellybean is cute. Take for example our recent pilgrimage to the bookstore. My Lovely Wife was going to be working late and the thought of having to watch Grease for the 22nd day straight made my eyes bleed, so I steered the family SUV toward jellybean’s daycare away [...]

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Basking in the awesome

By   /  February 27, 2012  /  Brett Buckner, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     I couldn’t take my eyes off the beautiful woman sitting in the booth across from me. The way she laughed, the way she smiled, the way she leapt into the conversation – all with sincerity and ease despite being surrounded by other women who could have turned catty and mean in an [...]

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The end is nigh

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

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Tweet   The Diva is dating. The apocalypse countdown has officially begun – so much for the Mayans and their blasted calendar, turns out it was a scruffy skateboarder with a 2006 Nissan Maxima that’ll be ushering in the End Times. And we’re talking about officially dating here – as in, “to go fourth and [...]

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Guess there are worse things than being called lame

By   /  February 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.     Soon as we were able to stop giggling long enough to speak, My Lovely Wife and I applauded each other for having been given the best compliment parents can hope to receive. No, it wasn’t anything along the lines [...]

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