Category Archives: Parent and Kids

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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You’re Never Too Old to Not Tell Mom

Whether you’re seven or seventy, there are secrets you simply don’t tell. My brother and I, free range boys who bored easily, exercised the “Don’t Tell Mom” rule well into high school.  Our pact survived a multitude of sins, including … Continue reading

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Kid’s Quitting is OK with Dad

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  Then quit.  There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.”                                                                                                            W. C. Fields She lasted 90 hours over three seasons.  Maggie was not an outlier.  Not in soccer. … Continue reading

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A Visit to the Hair Stylist

Category:                            A visit to the hair stylist Anxiety Level:                   Depends  Level of Difficulty:            Also Depends  Result of Blowing It:        Really Depends My daughter, Kate, and I visited the hair stylist.  Guys visits barbers, gals go to “stylists.”  I need … Continue reading

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Dad’s Promise Leads to Butt-Kicking

I haven’t trudged like that since my walk to the principal’s office.  My shoulders sagged and my head drooped.  The parking lot seemed a mile wide.  I called my wife, Hun. “We’re loading up.” “How’d Maggie do?  You sound beat.” … Continue reading

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Daughter’s Make-up Saves Dad Before Photo-shoot

No one knows the hour nor day.   I’m not referring to prophecy, but to an odd situation everyone invariably suffers, whether you’re a high school kid on a date, an adult preparing to deliver a sales pitch, or God forbid, … Continue reading

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Dad’s Old Ski Gear Causes a Stink

“You stink.” No, it wasn’t an old hockey coach griping about my lousy shot, but another person of high esteem.  My wife, Hun, pinched her nostrils while Kate sprang for the Lysol®. “It’s bad.  The dogs howl and the cats … Continue reading

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Time well spent is all guy wants

No matter where you are at any given moment today it’s either tomorrow or yesterday somewhere else.  Years ago I visited Sweden which is nine hours ahead of California.   I returned to work and a colleague handed me a fax … Continue reading

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Veteran Pen Pal Comes Knocking at Door

Previously published in the Chico Enterprise-Record (2012) & updated for Growing Up Chico Magazine (2013) Eighty words bridged seven thousand miles. “Write to a soldier and cheer them up,” said Mrs. Larsen, while coordinating a holiday writing campaign for her … Continue reading

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