Don’t skip a step.

Apparently, I skipped a step.

But I didn’t know that step was there.

Explaining that to a 16-year-old who has lost about 2,000 songs from her playlist did not ease the pain.

It happened the other day when I made the mistake of changing the e-mail associated with our iTunes account. When news came out last week that a billion Yahoo! accounts had been hacked, it occurred to me: “Hey, I still have a Yahoo! Account. And that’s what we use for iTunes. I should change that.”

Childhood Family

Scoot over

As a parent, there is really no more terrifying feeling than answering a call from one of your children and hearing wailing on the other end of the line.

I received one of these calls the other day from my 16-year-old daughter. I answered the call and heard what sounded like, “WARBLE GLOBBLE FRAMBLE!!!” followed by sobs.


He will be missed.

My wife and I are both 44 years old. We have been fortunate to have six wonderful parents in our lives since we first met more than 20 years ago.

Now, we have five.

img_9789My father-in-law, Ron, passed away after a noble and valiant battle with cancer. I will not say that he lost his battle. It was a tie. When he died, the cancer died, too. He fought too hard to be considered a loser in this scrum, and I refuse to give cancer a win. This was his fourth bout with cancer, so you know what? I’m calling Ron the series winner in this. 3-0-1 in my book.