A Good Stern Talking-to, or “Shutup, idiot”

We’re all burdened with certain personality traits we’d gladly do without, and a big one for me is my pessimism. I’ve discussed it before, and anyone who knows me is familiar with it, because it’s caused me problems my whole life. Its origin is of course a mystery, since the wiring of my brain is […]

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Unfair Ball

I’ve always had a favorite and quintessentially American tableau: the father and son playing, watching, and loving baseball together. My dad was fairly involved in my childhood baseball career, and later (to a greater extent) my little brother’s. Baseball is a wonderful tool for imparting life lessons to your kid, especially how to fail gracefully. […]

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