Email circa 2031: My dear sons, beware “The Toxic 12” – #6 The Name-droppers

Hey guys, How you been? I'll be honest. You both not making it back for meals on weekends? It's a phenomenon that's happening more often these days than your mom and I care for. Sighhh...this dad is hardly seeing his sons anymore. And to think it seemed like only yesterday I was still trying to … Continue reading Email circa 2031: My dear sons, beware “The Toxic 12” – #6 The Name-droppers

Email circa 2031: My dear sons, beware “The Toxic 12” – #5 The Bootlickers

Photo by Matthias Zomer on Pexels.com Hey sons Sorry I've been so caught up recently with my book tour and talks. I'd almost forgotten about this series which I promised to get done and over to you both before 2031 gets done! My bad. So let me come back to it now and hopefully ramp … Continue reading Email circa 2031: My dear sons, beware “The Toxic 12” – #5 The Bootlickers

Email circa 2031: My dear sons, beware “The Toxic 12” – #4 The Military “He-Man”

My dear sons Let me just say upfront that for the contents in this email, I do have a 'small grudge' that guides my writing. So you are free to take everything I'm about to say with a pinch (or more) of salt. But you have to understand. For the past six decades, I've carried … Continue reading Email circa 2031: My dear sons, beware “The Toxic 12” – #4 The Military “He-Man”

Staying home for my son with autism – one dad’s life outside of a job title

Looking back, I guess we always suspected Caleb had special needs, which we later found out to be autism. This was a suspicion that we already sensed when he was a baby.  He didn't sleep easily, drank milk with great difficulty, ate little, but cried a lot. Everyone we knew assured us a second child … Continue reading Staying home for my son with autism – one dad’s life outside of a job title

Email circa 2031: My dear sons, beware “The Toxic 12” – #3 The Chronic Problem-solvers

My dear sons Hope you're having a great week so far. I'm writing this while waiting for my doctor's appointment at the clinic. No worries; it's just my annual check-up. As you always say Jaedon, Daddy looks younger and fitter than many 'uncles' you know *wink*. I hope by now you've taken on board some … Continue reading Email circa 2031: My dear sons, beware “The Toxic 12” – #3 The Chronic Problem-solvers

Email circa 2031: My dear sons, beware “The Toxic 12” – #1 The Hypocrites

My dear "Ku-Ju-Chi-fu-fees", You're into the swinging 20s. Congrats! But... In the blink of an eye, you have pocketed two earthly decades and are launching yourselves into your third. Congrats! Now's a good time to talk to you about human relationships. But rather than texting you like we always do, I thought I'd write you … Continue reading Email circa 2031: My dear sons, beware “The Toxic 12” – #1 The Hypocrites

“Three Wrongs Do Not An Essay Make” – How one memory derailed my writing plan

An editor approached me a couple of months back, asking if I would share with her readers my journey as a dad with a special needs child; in particular the period following my son's official ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) diagnosis. My first thought was: "Ok, sure. That diagnosis happened more than two years ago so … Continue reading “Three Wrongs Do Not An Essay Make” – How one memory derailed my writing plan