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Coming to Terms with a New Beginning

The Greeks didn’t write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died: “Did he have passion?”

Two months ago today, my father died (the obit I wrote). It was the culmination of three very intense days that bookended his nearly two-year battle with colon cancer—an inevitability that wasn’t lost on me, yet the suddenness of his departure (I was expecting a slow decline, not a hammer being dropped) has left an indelible mark on me.

The answer to the Greeks’ question easily would be yes. My father’s passion was people. Specifically, giving people the tools they needed to get into successful, fulfilling careers. His passion for people is certainly a trait I’ve inherited, which makes his departure all the more profound.

There are so many moments from those three days that will forever be etched in my brain. Emotions and decisions I only had an inkling about contending with coming to the forefront. Images that I’ll never forget. But there is one memory in particular that, in retrospect, is the most surreal of them all:

The moment I left the hospital after he died.

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Coming Soon: Baby Cohen #2

Once more unto the breach!

Yes, that’s right. The wife is pregnant with our second child. Due in September. I guess it’s time to “daddy blog” again.

The kiddo has been informed–and has thusly informed us that she desires a baby sister. (She has been thusly thusly informed that we have no control over such things.)

We are absolutely excited about this new development in our lives–and scared shitless at the same time. Which is not at all different from the first time around.

Yet… there are many things that are different this time around.

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The Illusion of Control

I frequently listen to The Nerdist podcast. Between being able to nerd out along with the hosts of the podcast and listen to great guests get into truly deep discussions about their history and perspective (i.e. the Mark Hamill episode is pretty phenomenal), it satisfies my two requirements for solid programming in the car: It’s […]

The Nora Chronicles: The Screeching Halt

If you’ve been following my Twitter feed in the last week, you’ll know that my daughter, Nora, got a pretty bad cold. It began as a bad fever, and evolved into horrible chest and nasal congestion accompanied by a heinous cough. This cough has been so bad that it has caused her to throw up […]

Five Ways You Know You’re a Parent

As Nora hits 11 months of age today (I know, where did the time go?), I’ve been thinking about how much my life has changed in that time. And not just the obvious changes, but the little things that you thought you’d never do or say. Here are five ways I’ve identified as airtight indications […]