Dad in the Box

  • Rules of Engagement

    May 30, 2020

    The unofficial start to summer has begun and people are emerging gingerly from their Covid-free lairs like bears from hibernation. And after months living in quarantine without pants or haircuts, the ...

  • Terms of Graduation

    Greetings graduating class of 2020! Woohoo! You did it!

    I am honored and proud to offer these unsolicited congratulatory remarks on your incredible achievement, and to provide some inspirational ...

  • Testing, Testing One Two Three

    Covid Chaos Episode #9

    I took a test the other day.

    I took a test even though I have no symptoms. Even though I have been adequately protected. Even though I have been cautious. Even though, as ...

  • A Growing Victory

    I have recently become intrigued with the idea of starting a garden. Becoming self-sufficient. Living off the land. Wearing overalls and holding a pitchfork. Getting up before dawn to tend to the ...

  • Let the Sunshine In

    It is the first, warm sunny day in May. The kind of day where budding leaves on trees unfurl before our eyes. The kind of day where flowers vibrate intense color and winter’s dormant life ...

  • What Is and What Was

    It is spring, and I need to dig a hole in my backyard.

    I want to plant a tree. I want to plant a tree that will grow full and tall and strong and outlive me for hundreds of years.

    It must be ...

  • Where is Everybody?

    I came to a startling scientific discovery taking a walk this morning: squirrels have really bad short term memory.

    Oh sure, they can survive a winter by recalling where they hid their nuts, but ...

  • Don't Leave Home. Without It.

    I think I may have socially distanced myself from reality.

    I find it difficult to speak. I have a problem words putting together. I repeat myself again and again and again. I forget what I am ...

  • Picking Up the Pieces

    I read that with all of this family time spent indoors, jigsaw puzzles are in high demand.

    Ironically, I find this puzzling because I myself am not a big puzzle person. Nor is my family.

    I have ...

  • Objects in the Mirror

    Not having many friends, I know a thing or two about social distancing. When you are short on personality like me, it is actually quite easy to keep people at a safe distance for long periods of ...

  • Talkin' 'Bout My Generation

    With a growing sense of my mortality, I find myself nostalgic for the old days.

    I mean, it seems only two weeks ago that my three kids were bouncing home from college one by one to visit and relax ...