So I looked at the calendar and realized it's been two years to the day that I launched this experiment know as My Kid The Mid. I've spent a lot of my life in the digital space, but this project was unlike most others - there was no plan, no objective, no expectations. A few … Continue reading Two years on a trip without compass or chart
Our Mid Sib's journey has reached the most critical of junctures. She has secured a congressional nomination to the United States Air Force Academy and the rest of her application appears complete - medically qualified, all paperwork completed, and so on. As we hold our collective breath and wait ... and wait and wait and … Continue reading Does her basketball game fit with a military academy?
I first met Mike Fitzpatrick while I was managing editor for the Bucks County Courier Times, his hometown newspaper in Levittown, Pa. As managing editor, I was a member of the editorial board, which meant that I participated in a lot of endorsement interviews, the lengthy process of talking with candidates to determine which one … Continue reading We lost a good man this week
When it comes to the Academy calendar, a lot of us literally or figuratively circle Christmas break as it's the time most families reunite in the midst of the academic year and the Mids are, more or less, free of responsibilities. There are exceptions and variations. One Mid will spend the time after Christmas and … Continue reading Plebes & Firsties turn an important corner on a new year
I have to admit it. Frostee Dove was one of the first people associated with the United States Naval Academy that evoked jealousy. I wanted her job. During that stressful Plebe Year, I saw all these Facebook posts of happy Mids receiving beautiful gift baskets, all created and delivered by Frostee and Mid Mom Express. … Continue reading Frostee is back and I’m a little jealous … again
So let's cut to the chase. The singular lesson learned from this year's Army-Navy game is that this Parade of Lasts simply isn't going to follow the script and I should realize that isn't a bad thing. After watching Navy lose The Game each of my Mid's first three years, I hoped his class would … Continue reading The Parade of Lasts: Army-Navy Game edition
One of the lessons during my training as a journalist was about helping people make sense out of complicated situations whether it was a tax hike, the AFC playoff scenarios, or how the electoral college works. So once I got past the initial shock of the news out of Pensacola last week, I began trying … Continue reading Making sense of the Pensacola shooting and the loss of Kaleb Watson