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Author Archives: Derrick Barnsdale

Dad v. Where did the time go?

Hi. So…it’s been a while. A long while… Two and a half years, I guess. Bunch of stuff has happened at the Burrow, just like I’m sure that bunches of stuff has happened in your lives too.  Life goes on. So this will be a rambling post that will cover a lot of things that … Continue reading »

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Violence is NOT inherent to Autism

I’m not sure who said it first, which news agency, which reporter….I don’t know, but whoever reported it was being negligently irresponsible in their reporting. It came out late Friday evening, after the worst elementary school shooting in the nation’s history, that the shooter, Adam Lanza, may have had Aspergers…some said that he had autism. … Continue reading »

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An Ode to Benjamin Wheeler, 6

The world may never forget the name of the person who committed this unspeakable atrocity. We will be buried under the horrible devastation that the young man has brought down on twenty-six families, a small town community, a nation and the world. There is no way to understand why or how this happened. Sure there … Continue reading »

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Dad v. The Elf

It’s Christmas time again, which means our elf, Clyde Finnegan has come down from the North Pole in order to scare the crap out of the Boy in an attempt to make sure he continues on the straight and narrow in the month of December. When I was first introduced to Clyde, I didn’t much … Continue reading »

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Dad v. Happy Birthday Dad!

No, it’s not my birthday.  It’s my dad’s big day and I’ll do my best not to lay on the old jokes too thick. But he rode a pterodactyl to school… Actually, he’s not even that old.  He’s pretty darn cool. Grumpy, at times, but still very inspirational. For instance, he labored for 70 hours … Continue reading »

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Dad v. The End of Season Two

This weekend is the annual Little League Football banquet.  A day to celebrate what our kids accomplished.  A day to expound on how much they’ve grown.  A single day to rejoice…that it’s over for another year. That I will not be out in the cold watching my boy sit on the sidelines while it’s colder … Continue reading »

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Dad v. The Trumpet

Dont’ get me wrong.  I’m really, really excited that the boy has taken up an instrument and will be playing in the band. I love that he picked an instrument that, for reasons the Cheerleader and I cannot explain, he’s talked about for years. The boy is ten now, but when he was seven, he … Continue reading »

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Dad v. Parenting in the Elements

Being the parent of a little league football player in October and November can be rough.  Oh, sure, it’s rough for the kids to be out there in the cold playing their hearts out…but we’re sitting on our butts in the cold and rain and wind.  Seriously, there are times it’s no fun at all, … Continue reading »

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Dad v. St. Baldricks

Well, the Goob has just raised the bar for being an exceptional kid. Goob read about Donna and saw the group of people who raised money for pediatric cancer by getting their head’s shaved last year. “I’d do that,” the Goob announced. “Seriously?” She shrugged. “Sure.” “You know they’d shave your head?” “Yeah, I get … Continue reading »

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Dad v. Beast Wars

I’ve never been a big Transformers fan.  Not even when I was a kid.  Maybe it was because I could just never get the hang of transforming any of them.  They were apparently far too complicated for me. But my sons have both loved them…and only handed a few of them to me to break … Continue reading »

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