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Last Thursday, my wife and I took our middle child two hours away ... and left her there. It was the first time we had done something so drastic, but also so inevitable. For we took my daughter to college ... and then came home without her. Honestly, I was surprised at how well I…

Lessons Learned from My Mom

Toward the end of 1968, Clara Dye gave birth to her fifth child. He came before Christmas, even though he wasn't supposed to be born until the first day of 1969. The early arrival messed up Christmas for the other 4 Dye children -- but, hey, that's what babies do. Now, 48+ years later, my…

Christmas Traditions

When I was a kid, one of my favorite things was having my aunt come visit us at Christmas. She lived in the frozen tundra of Buffalo, NY, and so I'm guessing she didn't mind heading south to the (relative) warmth of balmy St. Louis. I remember with great anticipation standing at the baggage carousel,…