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Cold Fusion – Otis! My Man! Saxman Edition

Okay, true story. Seventeen years ago with a curly haired, brown eyed sweet angel of a daughter already patrolling Casa De Saxman who had/has me totally wrapped around her finger, Michele and I (mainly Michele) become pregnant again. We named said two year old Mary Kathryn for family reasons. Mary is Michele’s mom’s first name […]

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Waking Up Teenagers Part 1

Weekends, for the most part, do not require one to wake up teenagers. After all, why ruin a perfectly good weekend morning when you can just keep them down under their own weight? And then… There are Monday mornings during the school year. Sure you can get a good night’s sleep. Wake up refreshed. Brew […]

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Candor Helps, But How Much Help Do We Need?

Having recently read Jack Welch’s book “Winning”, I have been thinking about the many of Welch’s exceptionally valuable lessons from his many successful years in business. Mr. Welch makes a clear and convincing argument for the importance Candor has in relationships but uses business as his primary example. This begs the question, do successful business […]

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“As Long As He’s Conservative, Catholic, and a Steelers Fan…”

Limiting choices for our children seems to always produce favorable results. For instance, when we say “Hey…what do y’all want for dinner?”, you would think we just asked Congress to pass a bill. Every culinary memory pours out of their heads and the impromptu subcommittee devolves into a Quiet Man donnybrook. However, when we offer, […]

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“I Just Have to Let Them Fight?” “Yup..”

On a recent family vacation to Williamsburg, the six of us boarded in a hotel with two Queen sized beds and a pull out. Not a problem (the sales pitch to the kids went) since we were going to be at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA all day. No sense paying for something we […]

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It’s Selfish Not to Let People Help

True story coming at you here…No charge….Just another day in the life here at Casa De Saxman. Just about every afternoon, I like to take a nap. Normally, it is a ten to fifteen minute power nap that simply reboots the hard drive. Occasionally, that reboot can take up to an hour. Monday was about […]

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Dad, Can I Have A Car?

The “Like I’m Not Even Kidding” twelve year old female has recently grown to the point at which her nineteen year old sister refers to her as The Amazon. It must be difficult being six years older than your younger sister and looking up to her. I would contend that it is not nearly as […]

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Slurpees with Nora

As I shared with you in earlier Cold Fusions, I am blessed with picking up our 12 year old daughter, Nora, from school. Remember that I told you that my job consisted of buying her a Slurpee from the local 7-11 as a way to “transition” her to dwelling amongst the rest of us. I […]

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Dad, What’s Jazz?

Heading down a quiet yet active street that passes aging, solidly built middle class homes, the youngest member of the clan, dressed in his football practice uniform, asked, “Dad, what’s jazz?” He had seen the display on the XM Radio of a channel that had the word JAZZ on it and asked a simple question […]

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The Holy Grail/Gang of Six

The oldest child is set to leave for college in 32 days – *sniff* My academic recollection from the freshman fall of 1983 is the Monty Python classic movie “The Holy Grail”. Ah, memories. *sniff* One does not develop a working knowledge of such a piece of cinematic brilliance by watching it in a single […]

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