On trying, then failing, then trying again to drive a stick shift
Left foot on the clutch, right on the brake.
Turn the key in the ignition.
Release the parking brake.
Give it a little gas.
Ease off on the clutch — too fast.
Stalled out. Again.
Left foot on the clutch,...
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I’ve come to think of summer as the “flag months,” given the opportunities for star-spangled banners and bunting to go on display from Memorial Day and Flag Day to the Fourth of July and Veterans Day.
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Now, with a brood of two — a boy, now 4, and a...
Pastimes offer respite from one’s day job
Six years ago, your dad and I had one of our most memorable arguments.
We struggled with the decision to send you to kindergarten. You’d just turned five and separation anxiety was the name of your game.
We all know those people who seem to have it all together.
They’re never late for work. They always have time to go to the gym. They make shopping lists before they go to the grocery store. They never forget to do laundry and end up...
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Baby birds sing, new flowers push their way through the dirt and a sense of change is in the air.
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