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    My Favorite Child

    By John Christmann | June 19, 2015

    I read somewhere that 70% of parents have a favorite child but won’t admit it.    This makes me feel awful.  I ...

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    Call Me Him

    By John Christmann | June 3, 2015

    The other morning I learned that Bruce Jenner is now a woman named Caitlyn. As far as I know she is the only reality show Olympic ...

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    A Picture of Emotion

    By John Christmann | May 14, 2015

    I hate emoji.   For those of you who receive unadulterated text messages free from cartoon additives, let me explain.  Emoji ...

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    A Driver Moment

    By John Christmann | April 23, 2015

    Greetings from the car of the future! First the good news:  We no longer have to drive!  The cars drive themselves! And now ...

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    Wrapping Up March

    By John Christmann | March 31, 2015

    I have an issue with cling wrap. Assuming you can find the invisible end against the clear roll, you quickly discover the only thing the ...

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    The End of Pi

    By John Christmann | March 11, 2015

    I don’t mean to be a downer, but Saturday the world is going to end. Don’t worry.  It will happen sometime in the ...

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    Framing the Moment

    By John Christmann | February 26, 2015

    As videography goes, I am not likely to win an academy award anytime soon. “I can’t see anything,” says my ...

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    A Valentine's Day Massacre

    By John Christmann | February 12, 2015

    On rare occasions, usually when my wife is not at home, my kids sometimes ask for my opinion on current social topics that are capturing ...

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    Super Bowl Ex-lax

    By John Christmann | January 28, 2015

    If I hear one more story about the “deflate-gate” Super Bowl controversy, I am going to puke.  Enough ...

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    Dude No More

    By John Christmann | January 22, 2015

    Sir, I think you are next. I was spacing out at a crowded deli counter the other day thinking about something really important that ...

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    The True Meaning of January

    By John Christmann | January 8, 2015

    There is no better way to kick off the New Year than by throwing away an elf. As part of my post-holiday tradition, I went to the ...

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    Rudolph Revisited

    By John Christmann | December 18, 2014

    I was shocked to learn that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has been flying on network television as a holiday special for 50 ...

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    Zero Dark Thursday

    By John Christmann | November 25, 2014

    Dinner is not a contact sport. So occasionally proclaims my wife when our hungry kids forcefully jockey for position over serving ...

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    Learning Karma

    By John Christmann | November 12, 2014

    One of the side benefits of going to school is learning.  I have two kids in high school and I am learning stuff from them all ...

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    Fear Itself

    By John Christmann | October 30, 2014

    If you ask me, the scariest stories are those that are true.  Like this one. It was a night not unlike this, in these very ...

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    Reunited Again

    By John Christmann | October 15, 2014

    Recently I attended a 70th high school reunion. For those of you working out the math as you read this, let me assure you that this ...

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    Jump Frog, Jump

    By John Christmann | October 1, 2014

    Dissecting animals in the name of science is a barbaric act that should not be imposed on high school freshmen. It is probably not ...

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    Taking Control

    By John Christmann | September 18, 2014

    Where’s the remote? Watching television in our house is like playing Russian Roulette, especially when nothing good is ...

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    Letting Go

    By John Christmann | August 28, 2014

    I told myself I wouldn’t get all teary-eyed and sentimental when I dropped my son off at college and said farewell.  And ...

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    The Watching Dead

    By John Christmann | August 8, 2014

    Now that the doldrums of August are upon us, my kids are having difficulty filling their waking hours with productive activities.  ...

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    The 411

    By John Christmann | July 25, 2014

    On a dreary winter day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell, experimenting with a newly patented voice transmission device in his laboratory,

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    Particularly Well Suited

    By John Christmann | July 10, 2014

    A father should never take his teenage daughter shopping. You see, something happened to my daughter in the number of months since ...

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    My World Cup Runneth Over

    By John Christmann | June 26, 2014

    The recent World Cup Football (pronounced soccer) match between Portugal and the US was one of the most highly watched events in ESPN ...

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    Cat Comeuppance

    By John Christmann | May 15, 2014

    There are lots of things I don’t understand.  But I am particularly puzzled by the popularity of YouTube cat ...

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    Grooms Head Revisited

    By John Christmann | April 23, 2014

    I take you to be my lawfully wedded wife . . . My wedding anniversary is coming up. I am not sure what to give my wife.  I am ...

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