It looks like we’re going to elect the nation’s first woman president on Nov. 8.Things could change between now and then, of course. Nothing is certain in this insane campaign.Let’s say the polls hold, though, and Democrat Hillary Clinton defeats Republican Donald J. Trump.If so, what’s going to happen on Nov. 9?Set aside a repeat of Bush-Gore 2000, a protracted tangle of lawsuits and counter-suits and recounts. That’s possible, sure, but it’s more likely we’ll get the relative electoral landslide most polls seem to predict.What then?Certainly, we can expect a jubilant … [Read more...]
Since I became a father in 2005, my priorities have shifted. Where once I was politically neutral or slightly to the left of center, I now find that my every thought and nearly every action is a product of parenthood.
+ + +I love America.My politics are progressive.That wasn't always the case. I've found that since I became a father in 2005, my priorities have shifted. Where once I was politically neutral or slightly to the left of center, I now find that my every thought and nearly every action is a product of parenthood.I am progressive … [Read more...]
Grandparents Day, always the first Sunday following Labor Day, was especially poignant for our family this year. My mother is in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, and our visits to the nursing home are increasingly difficult as she struggles to remember her children and grandchildren.Her anguish recently came to mind while my daughters and I were, of all things, ziplining through a forest. On many landings a simple warning sign reads: “Always stay attached.” The sign features a figure falling through the air, his harness belt waving aimlessly like a severed umbilical … [Read more...]
When I asked my 12-year-old daughter what she learned at her week-long sleep-away camp last summer, she replied: “Dad, some people pee in lakes.”I loved her nonchalant delivery of such an intriguing detail. I also loved the gender-neutrality of her use of “some people,” which created a bubble of mystery I chose not to burst.As a veteran stay-at-home father, one of my favorite aspects of camping is precisely its gender-neutrality, or at least gender role flexibility. As my extended family plans for another camping experience, I look forward to my daughters, nieces and nephews once again … [Read more...]
Two boys, cousins, played with their iPods and built grand, digital worlds together. Minecraft worlds, full of the wonderful, the frivolous, the clever and the dangerous.A thought from the outside world, the real world – not so wonderful, not so clever – intruded upon their creative process. I heard my nephew ask my 8-year-old son: “Who do your mom and dad want for the new president?”Our son gave the correct answer. He knew because we have made no secret where we stand.This will be the first presidential campaign our sons remember. Welcome to American politics, boys.I’m bummed … [Read more...]