Unfit Father

We Got a Puppy and She Got Us

Published on September 20th, 2017 | by Richard Black

So we got a puppy…or she got us. I’m not sure which is the best way to phrase the sentiment because both seem to be appropriate. On one hand Tinkles is a giant pain in the ... Read More

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The Baby Tooth Conundrum

Published on September 1st, 2017 | by Richard Black

Let me start with a story… I was rummaging around the top drawer in my dresser a few days ago, the one where I keep my sweaters, when somewhere around the back I found something that ... Read More

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My Father’s Hands

Published on August 25th, 2017 | by Richard Black

My father’s hands are much like my own. We share the same stubby fingers, the same thick thumbs. Our smallest digits, the pinky fingers, spin off at an alarming angle at the last knuckle although my ... Read More


Lies My Parents Told Me

Published on August 10th, 2017 | by Richard Black

You’ll be fine. Santa Claus is coming tonight. You can do anything you set your mind to. My old man was particularly fond of the last one. I’d been trying to figure out what eight minus ... Read More

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Fifteen Minutes

Published on August 10th, 2017 | by Richard Black

My wife likes to call me from her office to let me know that she’s leaving. More often than not I also get a call about fifteen minutes later because she likes to let me know ... Read More

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Time Served as a SAHD

Published on August 2nd, 2017 | by Richard Black

Let me be clear. I love being a stay at home father, aside of course, from the times I don’t. In a day and age when most parents must have paying gigs to make ends meet ... Read More

Holding Forth

Potty Anyone?

Published on July 28th, 2017 | by Richard Black

A few days ago my wife asked me if I “had to go to the potty?” and I realized that our relationship was in dire straits. Men my age don’t go to the potty. We take ... Read More

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Too Many Fairies

Published on July 12th, 2017 | by Richard Black

My wife just bought our daughter a fairy door for Darcy’s seventh birthday and I was all right with the gift. I really was. I want my daughter to have a magical childhood. I even want ... Read More

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Happy Endings

Published on July 6th, 2017 | by Richard Black

My wife’s uncle passed away a few months ago which wasn’t entirely unexpected. Any time anyone over the age of fifty kicks it I’m not entirely surprised. Don’t get me wrong. I find it incredibly upsetting ... Read More

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