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My friend texted me at 5 a.m. — then followed up with an email. more

Kari Kampakis

My wife Jilda and I have pictures on our fridge. The photos are of three friends we’ve lost in the past year. They each held a special place in our hearts. more

Rick Watson

Congratulations, momma. You did it. You’ve ushered a miracle into this world. That newborn baby in your arms is a game changer, a tiny slice of heaven and the purest thing you’ll ever know on this side of eternity. more

Kari Kampakis

Something interesting happened to me on the way to work this past week. more

Rick Watson

I’m “procaffeinating” this morning. That’s the tendency to put off doing anything until I’ve had coffee. It’s an affliction that began early; and I’ve struggled with it all my life. more

Rick Watson

It’s a really exciting day when your child begins to speak. more

Kari Kampakis

A few weeks ago, I stopped by the forks of the river in Sipsey on the way home. Normally, there are several people there sitting in folding chairs, shooting the bull and watching time pass at the speed of a slow-moving river. more

Rick Watson

It was five months after my first book was released when the exhaustion hit me. I began waking up in the mornings feeling drained, burned out and lonely. more

Kari Kampakis

I’ve been at a creative low tide since November. Usually, when I get in a slump I simply wait it out. But that tactic wasn’t working this time. more

Rick Watson

The vehicle I drive is white, but it might as well be yellow because most days of the week, I am a taxi. more

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What’s pink with jingle bells around its neck and goes hippity-hop through the mud and snow? more

Rick Watson

When my daughter was 6 years old, she showed an interest in art. Because I’m not artsy person, I did what non-artsy moms do: I signed her up for art lessons. more

Kari Kampakis

When talking with a friend recently, I mentioned that coming up with fresh ideas for this column was sometimes a struggle. more

Rick Watson

While driving my kids to school one day, I told them it was almost time for an annual lake trip our family takes with friends we see once a year. more

Kari Kampakis

Back in July, Father’s Day got me to thinking about the mentors in my life. My father taught me things that have been vital throughout my life. more

Rick Watson

There are certain moments in parenting where you want to hang your head in disgrace and immediately disappear. more

Kari Kampakis

There’s an old rake in our shed with a handle worn smooth from use. We inherited it from Jilda’s mom, Ruby, along with many other things. more

Rick Watson

A friend of mine once had jury duty and didn’t know a soul. When it came time to choose her seat, she did what most of us do: She scanned the faces of potential jurors, saw a woman who reminded her of herself and sat down by her. more

Kari Kampakis

A word of warning: This is a bittersweet story about a tiny critter that lived next door in the home of Jilda’s brother, Ricky, and his family. more

Rick Watson

Life Actually By Kari Kampakis. more

Kari Kampakis

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June 2018