How becoming a dad physically changes a man's brain

If you ever doubted the brain's plasticity - it's ability to change and adapt at any age - read this:http://www.wired.com/2014/07/how-becoming-a-father-changes-your-brain/The guy who wrote it, Christian Jarrett, has the perfect mix of experience to write it. He's a cognitive neuroscientist, a science writer and the dad of brand new twins.As he points out, most research has been done on new moms' brains, not dads' brains....more

A Worthy Fight

What type of parent doesn't fight for their child?My father chose to give up.After I was out of my teens, he explained to me that my mother made his life very difficult. There was always an issue with child support or visitation and he couldn't deal with the constant arguing.Six year old me just wanted her daddy.No stories exist about our lives before the divorce. Does anyone remember what my life looked like back then? We were a family. Somewhere down the line, my parents forgot that....more

Thoughtfulness Thursday: Father's Day

Thoughtfulness Thursday: Father’s DayI posted about Mother’s Day in the month of May, but I think it’s equally important to post about Father’s Day. While I have no idea what it feels like to be a father (like I know what it feels like to be a mother) I know that there is great importance with the role of a father....more

Don't Worry, I'm a Professional

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And He Said He Didn't Do Girl Hair...

When we found out we were expecting a little girl, Evan told me one thing: "I don't do girl hair."Braids, brushing, pigtails - forget it. He was adamant that doing hair was not part of his life skill set.We both always envisioned a little girl with blond pigtails (done by me, of course) when we pictured our daughter. This is what popped into our minds when we thought of a little girl......more

The Funeral

I try to go about my day, and do mundane things.  I clean the bathroom. I wash dishes.I work out.But inside, I’m waiting for the next wave. The emotion to hit me. It always creates the best narrative.I know what I want to write, where I need to go – but without the wave…  It sounds wooden and unimaginative.Of course when it hits – I seem to get every emotion…all at once – anger, sadness, frustration, love, desire….  The trick is filtering through and choosing the right one to write with.To tell the story with....more

Daddy Dearest

Many are posting about gratitude daily this month. Today, I want to share how grateful I am for my daddy. He is no perfect dad, but then again, I am no perfect daughter and I am certainly no Mary Poppins. ...more

A Daughter's Nightmare

On August 25 I received the worst phone call of my life. My 21 year old brother called me in a panic to tell me that he, along with my parents, were in a horrible car accident on their way home from a week long fishing trip. My brother and mother both sustained mild to moderate injuries. However, my father died on impact. It is strange to say this but knowing that makes me fell relieved....more

Giving Credit to the father

I wrote this back in January at Church. I am a Wyatt. My mother gave me and my sister, Willie C.'s name, even before they got married years later. Youngest sister is a Wyatt too. Willie C. isn't the best father in the world, but he is the father. ...more