Author Archives: Jeff Allanach

‘Dads Behaving Dadly’ tells the stories of modern fatherhood

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We men have some work to do in terms of learning to respect the choices other fathers make, particularly when it comes to paternity leave. This subject broke through the din of radio sports talk shows last week when the … Continue reading

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Celeste returns to school after scoliosis surgery

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Celeste returns to school today, nearly two months to the day of undergoing scoliosis surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital to free her spine of the curve in her spine. It’s been a long road, one we started on blindly when … Continue reading

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Our snowy trip home from the hospital

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I wrote earlier this month about how well Celeste has been recovering from scoliosis surgery, and how boring these recent weeks have been for her. As a father, I’m glad she’s been a little bored because that means she isn’t … Continue reading

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Passing the milestones of recovering from scoliosis surgery

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We all measure life by the milestones we pass, and few are sweeter than the ones we parents count for our children. Whether it’s the first word, tooth, step, day in kindergarten, or bike ride, all parents marvel at how … Continue reading

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Finding comfort during scoliosis surgery

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“Thank you” feels inadequate. How can the same two words I’d say when someone passes the ketchup express the same gratitude I feel about every kind word, every email, every offer of help, every Facebook like, every prayer, and every … Continue reading

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Walking the long curvy path of scoliosis

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Genetics can be so random. In some families it creates a genius who takes human knowledge to places the rest of us never imagined. In others it creates a disease that robs the world of a promising young life. Most families … Continue reading

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Finding new lessons in ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

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Karen and I started reading to Celeste and Gavin when they were young. Celeste was 3 months old when we began a daily ritual of reading to her at bedtime. We’d grab three or four books and read them to … Continue reading

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An innocent question about a buzzer recalls school shootings

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I don’t often think about the school shootings that plague American communities periodically. Like most fathers in Anytown, USA, I watch the news when the violence erupts, wonder how anyone could commit such horrors, and struggle with ways to explain … Continue reading

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Seeing myself in rude people while selling Cub Scouts popcorn

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I learn a great deal about myself as I father my two children, and most of the time I never see it coming. I certainly wasn’t looking to learn anything a couple of weeks ago when I stood with Gavin … Continue reading

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Can I make it through adolescence and middle school without blinking?

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I want to be the first person to never blink again. Sounds crazy, right? Especially for someone who wears contacts and whose eyes dry out in the time it takes a cat to run to you when you open her … Continue reading

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