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About Grape

I've got the world's best kids and husband. Great house, steady job. I'm living the American dream. The trick is to appreciate it. I'm working on that part.

I married the beautiful redhead at 1241 Dodd Road

— Note from Julie: this is a guest post by my mensch of a dad — For several years my wife’s family has been dealing with the living capabilities of my father- and mother-in-law, Howie and Liz, as they aged … Continue reading

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Winging it

My oldest baby turns 10 tomorrow.  Double digits.*  A tween.**  (She is having a sleepover tonight with some friends to celebrate.  Send espresso.) (For me, not for them.)  Robin keeps insisting that Riya, who will be a 5th-grader next school … Continue reading

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So, we went to India: Part 4

So, let’s finish up this whole India thing, eh? You: Let’s!  Your posts about India are kind of like Indian people. Me: They are sweet and funny, and you are going to miss them? You: Naturally, but also: THERE ARE … Continue reading

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So, we went to India: Part 3

So, we went to India.  And when last we left our intrepid little band, we were preparing to board a train from Delhi to Kolkata.  We took the Rajdhani Express, which takes at least 17 hours to reach Howrah from … Continue reading

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So, we went to India: Part 2

So, we went to India. I don’t remember when, exactly, we moved from “someday, we will have to take the kids to India” to “we are going to India, like, now,” but I know it was sometime after Robin’s cousin … Continue reading

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So, we went to India: Part 1

So, we went to India.  We took our kids to India, and so far I haven’t been able to decide if my official position on this is more, “Oh, world travel, pssssh!  No big deal; I’ll hop on another plane tomorrow, … Continue reading

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Repeated Dialogue

Me: Hey, God? God: Yes? Me: You know how change kind of freaks me out? God: No, really? Me: Yes, I’ve told you- !  Oh, you’re teasing.  Anywho, I’m worried about these changes coming up. God: I have always taken … Continue reading

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Being My Mom

I think I am turning into my mom, which is pretty awesome. A few Decembers ago, my family and my brother’s family were all gathering at my mom and dad’s for a Christmas celebration, and my mom got some kind … Continue reading

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If you want to hear God laugh…

For a few weeks now, I have been struggling with a way to get back into writing, and I even made it so far to start this heartfelt post about how having kids this age is like living with three … Continue reading

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My entire parenting reputation pretty much rests on this one moment

A couple of months ago, Ben was very excited to find a book he’d heard and enjoyed at school during a family trip to the local library.  Somehow, none of us noticed he’d checked out the Spanish-language version until we … Continue reading

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