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Moving on … but you can come with me.

I launched this blog almost 12 years ago. The writing I’ve done here, and the feedback I’ve gotten from many of you, has made this forum the most fulfilling creative endeavor of my life thus far. The years during which I was most active here were those when my children (now 14 and 12) were much younger. Writing about my parenting experiences back in those days was not only the thing that helped me find my voice as a writer, but also the thing that helped me remain sane during that (wonderfully) chaotic time. A couple of years ago, I… [read the rest]

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Oh, Chris … not you too …

I got out of the Army in 1991, one week before Christmas. My brother’s gift to me that year was Soundgarden’s “Badmotorfinger.” I was a short-haired, 21-year-old, ex-military cop with my sights set on a career in law enforcement. A year later, I was a long-haired, college-radio DJ whose daily attire consisted of beat-up combat boots, ripped jeans, flannel shirts and a leather biker jacket. I had discovered I could write, and I no longer wanted to be a cop for a living. Chris Cornell featured prominently on the soundtrack to my transformation. I was lucky enough to see Chris… [read the rest]

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And then I went outside to shovel and never came back

All set with this, thanks. #snowpocalypse A photo posted by Daddy Scratches (@daddyscratches) on Jan 23, 2016 at 7:16am PST 37 days till Sanibel Island … 37 days till Sanibel Island … 37 days till Sanibel Island … #snowpocalypse A photo posted by Daddy Scratches (@daddyscratches) on Jan 23, 2016 at 7:30am PST Nine hours after I took those photos, the epic blizzard — which, at the time that I snapped those shots, already had been raging for 16 hours — finally stopped. Twenty-five hours of continuous, uninterrupted, “Holy shit, it’s really coming down out there!” snowfall. Some people love… [read the rest]

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Yes, that’s right: it’s time for the annual posting of a heavily filtered headshot followed by a few words acknowledging the ever-decreasing distance between myself and death’s door. Actually, I kid. I mean, yes, it’s true, we’re all inching closer to our final curtain call, but, at the dawn of my 47th year on planet earth, I’m not really focusing on that … partly because doing so gives me a fucking anxiety attack, but mostly because things are going rather well these days, and I’ve been finding it easier to focus on the good stuff as of late. I’m happy… [read the rest]

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“10 Years a Blogger” (which seemed like a catchy title when I first thought of it, but then I realized that’s because it’s reminiscent of “12 Years a Slave” … which I never saw, but I assume it’s about slavery … and, other than the pay, blogging has nothing in common with slavery … the latter of which is neither a funny topic, nor anything to make light of … and I should probably just stop talking now)

3 … 2 … 1 … Happy New Year! What’s that? It’s January 7th? Damn. I guess I fucked that one up. But, hey, anyway: Happy Belated New Year! And also? Happy Birthday to this blog! It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed since I first launched my blog back on January 1st of 2006. Yes, that’s right: I’ve been blogging for a whole decade … which is either impressive … or sad … or both. Whatever the case, it goes without saying that the Internet is abuzz with the news of this important anniversary. [cricket sounds] OK,… [read the rest]

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