Domestic Relations

MEANINGS OF JESUS CHRIST

Joseph, husband of Mary, stepfather of Jesus sat on a small handwoven rug in the mud hut he had constructed for the family. He sat with his legs folded in a dirty, yet white prom dress. The family consisted of just the three of them at this time.  Joseph... read more

MEANINGS OF ROSES, OR NOT

A man wearing out of style cargo shorts carrying wrapping paper and snippers was obliviously casually, searching and strolling through a beautifully manicured battle field of hyacinth, snowdrops, crocus, geraniums and marigolds.  These flowers all framed and protected the Queens of the garden, the aromatic Roses.  It was an... read more

RIP, MOM

One of my brothers, my sisters, some of my nieces, my brother-in-law, my father and I were all gathered  around my mother.  She lay there silently in her rented hospital bed. Her thin pale face and the shape of her frail body were barely visible through a light white... read more

THE BAD PARENT

Anyone who follows my blog knows that I have five children whom I love dearly.  They are all wonderful, and I feel fortunate to be their dad or J-Dawg as the case may be.  Yet, 80% of these human beings, that I correctly identify as my children, have informed... read more

COUPLES COUNSELING

I was busy shouting at my girlfriend, calling her a liar because she was spinning and misrepresenting the facts of our relationship in a counseling session, and yes, I was doing this under the supervision of a professional therapist.  I was pissed.  As a matter of fact, I had... read more

ON THE PROCESS OF LOSING MY MOM

The small, thin, shoeless, crooked old woman worked her way up slowly from a lying position on a leather couch situated  in her husband’s former medical practice waiting room.  The couch was a milky white color.  It had once  supplied seating for four members of the family.  Now, it... read more

ON BEING A SOCCER DAD

I went to the Fourth of July picnic at Rich’s house.  The Soccer Dads were there: Rich, Jim, Papa Bus and I.  There was a time when I saw these guys every Sunday at “game time” -home or away–Recreational Team,  Travel team or Club Team.  Our daughters all started... read more

CHOOSING CLOTHES AND GIVING LIFE

We, Bella, Mylo and I,  had just cruised through the Lincoln Tunnel having had our normal conversation about the tunnel collapsing while we were driving through it.  How would we get out?!  Would water rush in? Would we drown, be crushed, find a lucky escape hatch? We always concluded... read more

ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK

I walked my date from my car to her door.  Would I be invited inside, I wondered curiously.  Dinner, drinking, dancing at a nice night club and interminable conversation and questions about two divorces and three children.  What happened in my marriages?  Commitment, could I make one?  My thoughts about marriage vows.  How... read more

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