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Dark house

It’s been more than nine years since the dark house in the woods burned down. Still, it haunts me. This is one of those stories where you have to have faith that I’m not messing with you. I can’t offer exhibits or evidence beyond the few photos that I took of the house in Colorado’s [...]

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‘Gotham’: Pace thyself

I tuned into the pilot episode of “Gotham” with zero apprehension last night. Why would I? Conceptually, the Batman origin story TV series had me at hello. “Let’s not just go back to the beginning,” the storytellers seemed to say in the ads. “We need to loiter awhile. “But this origin story needs to be [...]

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I may own the Batcave, but that doesn’t mean I built it

Here’s a basic story premise for you, one I’m sure you could tie to a number of books or movies: “A family moves into a new house and begins to discover things about it.” You’ve already thought of one or two I’m sure. “Poltergeist” is probably in there. “The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe,” [...]

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Origin Story: Noticeable vacancy

This is the eighth installment in a series of entries about the arrival of my first child.  Dear Bethany, Running clears my head, especially when I can do it close to the ocean. Especially when it’s morning. The lazy hiss of the saltwater flushes out the usual clogs of to-do lists and what-if treatises. The [...]

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Origin Story: Read, kid

This is the seventh installment in a series of entries about the arrival of my first child. Dear Bethany, Your great-grandma thought your grandma was crazy. I was the crux of it — newborn, helpless, unable to escape her grasp as she read me Beatrix Potter stories about a young rabbit who doesn’t do what [...]

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Grandfather box

The Rubbermaid tote makes my small home office all the more cramped. It’s heavy, too, a sturdy block of plastic weighed down by contents that could be a door stop for iron gates. I’ve scanned through them a few times: worn letters, photographs, a few sketches, a lunch menu, sheets of 6-cent stamps, newspapers. It’s [...]

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Origin Story: Superparenting

This is the sixth installment in a series of entries about the arrival of my first child. Dear Bethany, Congratulations: You’ve just set the record for the youngest child ever to be grounded. Take a bow. And don’t think I can’t see you rolling your eyes either, kid. The “What To Expect” app says you [...]

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Origin Story: Mom tidings

This is one in an occasional series of columns as I document the impending arrival of my first child. Other installments in the series can be viewed on this blog. Dear Bethany, It’s only fair that I tell you about what’s on the other side of your lifeline. I know you’re probably curious. Yes, it’s [...]

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Origin Story: Secret identities

Dear Bethany, Take a knee, kid. It’s time for a little advice. I’m going to take advantage of moments like this for as long as I can, when I know you can’t roll your eyes or run away from my sage tidings. Which, by the way, I have in spades. Just ask your mom. You’re [...]

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You can’t spell ‘Winter Soldier’ without ‘win’

My patriotism is documented, hieroglyphs embedded in the worn tape of a VHS video. It shows a Christmas morning. It’s 1987 in Colorado Springs. Robe-clad and mussy-haired, I reach into my stocking and pull out two comic books. The excitement is palpable as the pages flap and crackle in my tight fist. Side note: Little [...]

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