Category Archives: Parent and Kids

Buying Your Teen a Car? Hmm…

I’m a hand-me-down guy with a mindset inherited from my grandparents, Great Depression veterans.  Whether it was hockey equipment or clothes the only “new” stuff Mom bought was either underwear or socks.  She’d hand down Dad’s shirts telling me I’d … Continue reading

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Alexa, a Parent’s Assistant

My parents bought into the virtual assistant world.  Their assistant, Alexa, connects to music, games, or anything cerebral.  Alexa answers nearly any question, whether it’s the weather in Missouri or the capitol of Romania. I challenged Alexa to see how … Continue reading

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Kid’s Quitting is Father’s Dilemma

She lasted 90 hours over three seasons.  Maggie was not an outlier.  Not in soccer. In Outliers author Malcolm Gladwell explains the “10,000 Hour Rule” which claims that the key to success is a matter of practicing a specific task for … Continue reading

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Coldplay Tops Family’s Bucket List

Kate introduced me to them.  Our SUV, loaded with ski gear, skidded over a snowy highway.  We caught glimpses of powder covered peaks between wind blasts.  I didn’t mind the weather—I enjoy winter driving so long as crazy people don’t … Continue reading

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Voter is Stuck in the Middle With…Who?

I love to go to Washington.  If only to be near my money.  (Bob Hope) Our family debates are more introspective than lively, more on her end than mine.  Maybe I’m just cynical.  But discussing the upcoming Presidential election with … Continue reading

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Bucket List Trips With Parents Were Worth It

Note: We’re in the season of Mother’s and Father’s Days.  This story appeared in several newspapers and magazines.  I wanted to share it again.  Dedicated to parents. I don’t remember my parents pursuing fun.  They worked too hard.  Nor did … Continue reading

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Millennial Daughter to Vote Absentee

Like religion, politics, and family planning, cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public.  It’s too controversial.” Erma Bombeck My oldest daughter, a college freshman, will vote absentee this year–her first election. She leans left of my … Continue reading

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Etc. Guy Interviewed by Michigan blogger…Dads of Divas

Even old guys can learn Twitter. I made the baby-boomer cut by a year or two and don’t know what to think about social media.  Five years ago, when my kids began junior high school, I reluctantly set up a … Continue reading

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Tour de Dad’s Classic Rock Transcends Multiple Life Stages

The Tour de France is composed of 21 stages, all in succession.  For the Tour de Dad I bounce between multiple stages, at the same time, with no apparent order.  I’m in my early 50’s which means I fall in … Continue reading

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Maggie’s Run for Office Breaks Drought

(Originally appeared in the Chico Enterprise-Record in Nov 2012) “Humility is tricky. Once you think you have it, you’ve lost it.” Etc. Guy, aka Eric Miller (confused dad) I’m not politically astute -blinded by irreverence—and have the knack of saying … Continue reading

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