Miles to Go and No Reindeer to Guide Me: A Letter Carrier’s Reflections on Santa Claus, Donald Trump and the Deplorables Among Us

There are many acts of parenting performed out of societal pressure—circumcision, vaccinations, dental examinations, public school—that, given your offspring’s reaction, seem like abuse.  Not the least of these is placing your child on the lap of the department store Santa. That was the result.  A toddler betrayed by his caregivers, screaming in absolute terror.  You … Continue reading Miles to Go and No Reindeer to Guide Me: A Letter Carrier’s Reflections on Santa Claus, Donald Trump and the Deplorables Among Us

Weight: An Outdoor Adventurer’s Guide to Parenthood

This is what I need. This is what I can carry. This is what I want. These are the existential considerations of the backpacker for whom everything is about weight.  You inventory it as you hike:  the water sloshing around in your water bottle, the bottle itself, maps, trail mix, cheese sticks, energy bars, dehydrated … Continue reading Weight: An Outdoor Adventurer’s Guide to Parenthood

Lost and Found: A father and son have their bicycles stolen from the banks of the Mississippi River in this true story of wonder and loss.

On Father’s Day, I took my older boy down to where Minnehaha Creek flows into the Mississippi River.  We parked our bikes by some bushes where the path eroded away into sand.  My son wanted to look for lost fishing lures to place in the little tacklebox I had given him.  He carried it everywhere, … Continue reading Lost and Found: A father and son have their bicycles stolen from the banks of the Mississippi River in this true story of wonder and loss.