Category: What’s Next

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Grad Dad

Ladies and gentlemen, our now-18-year-old daughter has graduated from high school. The past few weeks have been significant for us as our baby celebrated her 18th birthday, graduated as an honors student and received her permanent driver’s license. It’s been a whirlwind experience as I can clearly remember the day she was born. In fact, […]

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Up, Up And Away

Ron Nagasawa is on vacation. This column originally was published May 16, 2012. Well, it’s that time of the year for graduations. I don’t know about your family, but we actually have to budget our money depending on the number of announcements we might receive. My wife works at a parochial school that has elaborate […]

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Momma’s Boy

The other Saturday, I decided I would take my mom to get her hair done. Normally, my kid sister does it, but she’s been traveling a lot for work lately and hasn’t had the chance. So I called my mom’s stylist and made an appointment. It’s with a woman she’s been going to for years. […]

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Square Dancing

My wife, 17-year-old daughter and my mom love to watch Dancing With The Stars. Me, not so much, although I was into it last season to cheer on local actress and entertainer Janel Parish. Our daughter chalks up my lack of enthusiasm to an inability to dance. She has no idea that her mother and […]

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Mouseketeers

The other night, my wife and 17-year-old daughter had just come back from my brother’s house, which is just down the street from us. The look on their faces were as though they had both eaten lemon peel. And they were hugging themselves as though they had been exposed to some kind of invisible force […]

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Breaking Bad

I have a younger sister and brother. Our sister is a year younger than I am, and our brother a year younger than she is. That’s right, our mom had us three in a row. We all live relatively close together, with my brother actually living four houses down from me. But even with that […]

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Fashion Police

My mom will turn 80 this year. She’s in good shape and can still get around, although she no longer drives. She lives with us, and you can say that we take care of her. She took care of me and our kids all our lives, so it’s not an obligation but something I gladly […]

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Knuckle Head

I am happy to report that so far I’ve survived eight months of my MMA Boot Camp training. We have a full class for something that happens at 4:45 in the morning. And as many of our workouts have us pairing up, I’m motivated to keep up, since I will get paired up with someone […]

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Don’t Feed The Animals

I just realized that we’re coming up on our dog Buddy’s fourth birthday. I remember when our daughter first picked him out. I was totally against it, for although I love animals, especially dogs, I thought there was more responsibility to pet ownership than we could handle. Of course, today I have zero regrets. I […]

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Dumpster Diving

As all the readers of my column probably know, our 17-year-old daughter is graduating from high school this year. With senior prom out of the way, as parents, our next goal was preparing for her graduation. One of the priorities at the top of the list is senior pictures. My wife and I both graduated […]