You Have to Love Yourself First
Jan01

You Have to Love Yourself First

“You have to love yourself first,” they said. They, the countless people who have made this suggestion throughout my years, never brought with them a pamphlet on where to start. There was no gameplan, no rulebook, or instruction manual. As great as it sounds, I didn’t know how. What clicked for me was looking at the statement from a different perspective. Love is good, love wins everything. But in order to love myself, I had to start...

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Leggo My Ego
May30

Leggo My Ego

I’m learning more about myself than when the distraction of another relationship is present. As far as dating goes, history proves I’m not very good at it. The desire for a relationship is stronger than having the patience necessary to find the right person. So, as a result, I jump from relationship to relationship, with an average length of about a year. I’m growing weary of this pattern, becoming hardened within, and it’s beginning...

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48 Hours of Online Dating
May24

48 Hours of Online Dating

I signed up for online dating again after a two-year hiatus and roughly 48 hours later, I was pressing cancel and delete before my thumbs caught an STD. The amount of boobs displayed would put a Ron Jeremy video to shame. It’s not for me. The flipside is I’ve heard success stories of wonderful connections, flights that would have otherwise been missed if it wasn’t for online dating. My problem is an unwillingness to sift through the...

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What Love Means to Me
Aug25

What Love Means to Me

  The smell of her morning breath. It’s like taking a whiff of an oddly flavored drink but somehow I like it. I get addicted to it. Feeding each other. Not like putting her fork in my mouth, that’s stupid. It’s the act of cooking dinner together, cleaning up for her, then zoning out on the TV until I fall asleep from my food coma. Coffee, especially in the mornings on the patio while the sprinklers spray more of the cement than...

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Love is Greek to Me
Feb12

Love is Greek to Me

Love has been a challenge. Searching for it, finding it, maintaining it, and enjoying it; all of it. Being a single dad, love with my daughters is easy. I have all the love in the world, unconditionally and in abundance. It’s raw and original. Giving and receiving love between my girls is effortless; I don’t have to think about it. It just happens. The Greeks call it storge, a natural affection. It’s a familial love primarily between...

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Single Dad
Jan31

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Single Dad

This will be the first Valentine’s Day without a valentine in a very long time. The only reason I like the holiday is because I like how kids enjoy it. This was the best holiday as a child, giving me a reason to offer something to that cute girl in school without looking like a dweeb. As I get older, it’s like I’m forced to buy something for the one I love because all the cool kids do it. I don’t buy that crap; I never did what the...

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