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Square Pegs, Round Holes, and Public Schools

WE’RE ABOUT TO MAKE ANOTHER HUGE CHANGE FOR OUR FAMILY. Many who know us know that we have had a contentious relationship with the public school system, and this has been the last time I will try to make it work. We always thought that we should make public school work, because both Marcy and I went to public school and we turned out fine. We always treated private schools as a second choice for when there was a serious problem. It has become clear now that public school is not what it was 25 years ago, and it still...

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How To Get Me To Wear A Skirt

NOW THAT I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION, I WILL EXPLAIN HOW. You may remember that I will be running the Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare to raise money for the Lazarex Cancer Foundation. We’re getting down to the wire on the fundraising, and I still need your help to reach my goal. So let’s up the stakes.

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Why Did You Get Healthy?

EVERYONE SEEMS TO ASK WHY I DECIDED TO LOSE WEIGHT. To be fair, the question is usually “Why did you make a change now?” Or “Why did you start running?” The answer to the first question is simply that I realized I was embarrassed of the person I had become. It took me longer to find the answer to the second question, even after I started running. I sure am glad I started, though.

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Running With Purpose

I AM RUNNING THE DISNEYLAND DUMBO DOUBLE DARE FOR THE TEAM FOR LIFE, AND I NEED YOUR HELP. At the end of August, I will spend two days at Disneyland in Anaheim running: on Saturday, August 31st I will run the inaugural DIsneyland 10K, and on Sunday, September 1st I will run the Disneyland Half Marathon. That’s a total of 19.3 miles over two days, and I’m doing it with the Team For Life and the Lazarex Cancer Foundation in memory of my grandfather, Michael Innello. This is where you come in, because I need your help to raise money...

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Searching For Something Meaningful

I’M NOT SURE WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR, BUT AT LEAST I’M CLOSER TO KNOWING WHAT IT IS NOT. I’ve often had a bit of a tortured relationship with my career. More so since I became a husband and father, I’ve been taking a more critical look at my life because some days I think it’s OK, but most of the time it seems like there’s something wrong. I know it’s not my wife, and it’s not my kids: those are things that are definitely right. It’s hard to put my finger on, because by most measurements I should be happy...

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It’s the Last .2 That Gets You

IT USED TO BE THE ONLY MEANING I KNEW FOR “MARATHON” WAS WHEN FOLLOWED BY “DUNGEON CRAWL”. A year ago I never would have believed that I was capable of actually running 26.2 miles. Even 6 months ago, when I started this journey to lose weight and get fit, I still would have told you that you were nuts if you thought I could run a mile, never mind finish a race. But after running a 5K, a four-miler, and now an 8K, I’m completely sold on running. So much so that I just signed up for the 2013 Walt...

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Personal Records Have to Start Somewhere

I RAN MY FIRST 5K RACE ON SATURDAY. There’s actually a lot more to this story than completing a race, but just like my PRs, I have to start somewhere. I came to the race expecting to run most of it and walk about 3 or 4 minutes in the middle, and left with a very different result that amazed me.

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The Failure of (Our) Public School

I BELIEVE IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. I think it can succeed, educate our children, and be the best choice. But what we have now is just a political leftover: something they slice a little more off of whenever they need to reduce a budget number and something the affluent, which most of our politicians are, rarely remember is not a choice for most people. I was educated in a public school system, but my children will not be after this week.

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An Open Letter to the CEO of Carbonite

DEAR MR. FRIEND, I appreciate that you had a prompt public response to the complaints from your customers about the behavior of Rush Limbaugh on his show that you advertise on. I would like to address a few of your points.

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Fry a Turkey, Safely

I’M NOT SOUTHERN, BUT I LOVE FRIED TURKEY. My father-in-law (and hence the wife), turned me onto this many years ago, and now we typically fry up at least 3 turkeys every fall and winter. I took the instruction that Jim gave me in this art, refined it over the years, and have put it all down in writing so that I can pass it on. Fried is better than any roasted turkey I’ve had, and we’ve brined a few and roasted them. And it is not hard to do it safely, as long as you follow some basic procedures....