PTSD and the Thousand Oaks Shooting (Guest Post by Kris Miller)

Another mass shooting in America.  Another senseless, horrifying moment when people went to a place of happiness and comfort and peace – only to become targets of a senseless killing spree. At the time, I thought I heard all the reasons and theories and thoughts and prayers for that horrifying, tragic night. Then my son…

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So a flight from Seattle to New York is…

To paraphrase radio host and guest chastiser Dr. Laura, I am my kid’s dad. Example. Yesterday, I’m glancing through Facebook, and I see a message my son Kris left, as he is looking for any and all recommendations for cheap flights from Seattle to New York. Well now.  This certainly means that he and the…

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A few words on my son’s wedding day

Today my son Kris is getting married.  It’s a small, simple ceremony, just him, his new bride, and a justice of the peace.  He promised me that there would be a more formal get-together when his new family visits the East Coast this summer. Knowing that there are so many things I could say about…

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A jailbreak, a unicorn, and an ass-shaped pumpkin…

As you may know, I’m on vacation this week – I’m actually in Olympia, Washington visiting my son Kris and his girlfriend Tanya for a few days. Yesterday, we went pumpkin-picking at a local farm stand.  You know the drill – you can either select the harvested pumpkins from a table, or you can go…

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An open letter to Donald Trump from the father of a transgender soldier

Dear President Trump: I heard, with great dismay and shock, your decision to bar transgender men and women from serving in our military forces.  In a series of Twitter posts yesterday, you stated that transgender soldiers were a “distraction” to the military. These were your words, as posted yesterday on your official Twitter account.

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The best Halloween costume ever is worn by my son Kris

When you’re a single parent, many times the things that you do will immediately reflect on your kid.  Trust me.  You start watching a certain TV show, and eventually your kid will become hooked on that show.  You start listening to a certain band, and eventually that kid will have a Spotify channel devoted to…

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You’re never too old for a CARE package

Yesterday, I put a little gift in a mailer, added postage, scribbled an address, and sent it off to my child, Kris, in Washington State. I do this on occasion.  It’s the way I roll. Kris is an adult, but as far as I’m concerned, he still deserves a CARE package now and again. Why? …

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