A Healthy Amount of Pride

I have the coolest kids ever. Everybody else's kids suck. Nobody's kids are as cute as mine. Nobody's kids are as smart as mine. I believe this with my whole heart.  My kids are perfect and it is clearly a reflection of my role as their father.

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Matt Matthews
Why I Don't Believe in "Hurry Up."

I distinctly remember a time, many years ago, that I watched myself crash and burn in an interview.  I remember really wanting the job, so seeing my prospects go up in flames was like an out-of-body experience.  I remember looking at myself and thinking Oh, sh**********t, that girl is screwed.

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Kate Negrón
TMI

I was several minutes into a description of migration, and migratory birds, and why some birds (like hummingbirds) migrate, while others (like cardinals) continue to poop on my grill even during the coldest days of winter, when I noticed that my son’s eyes were glazing over.  

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Matt Matthews
Please Don't Feed the Trolls - Part Deux

I posted a while back on the way the internet allows us to be jerks to one another.   People are always telling me about their conflicts, and so I kept hearing stories of technology magnifying tensions, breaking down communication, and masking intentions.   I never really stopped thinking about how new forms of communication are shaping conflict, and I think there’s something else worth considering.

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Kate Negrón
Competition

When my family gets together for holidays it is always a huge competition.  My brother-in-law still tells the story about the time that my sister and I were shouting  at each other from across the room on Christmas Eve, and when my wife asked me “why are you yelling?” I not-so-calmly answered “Because I’m right!”

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Matt Matthews
Just a Little Bit of Crazy

This morning I ran 8 miles.  Those 8 miles are special to me.  Those 8 miles mark my 4000th consecutive day running.  The last day I didn’t run was in 2006.  Let me put that into perspective, 2006 was two years before anyone heard of Justin Bieber, and we can all agree that he has been around far too long.

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Matt Matthews
Please, Don't Feed the Trolls - Part 1

Trolls.  And I don’t mean the little nudists with cotton candy hair.  I mean the evil lurkers of the internet, who find something dark and awful to say about a news story where a baby saves a kitten from a burning building, and then spew it into the comments section completely sans filter.

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Kate Negrón
Dude, Where's My Car

What the speaker means, what the speaker says, what the listener hears, and what the listener thinks the speaker says are not typically the same thing.  So how do we all get on the same page?

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Matt Matthews