Author: Joe Medler

This summer, having two boys ages 7 and 5, "No" has become the commonly used word that comes out of my mouth. NO you cannot drive to Grandma's or use the hose on the trampoline.
Humor, Parenting

“No” Is My Love Language

I am spending the summer home with my sons. They are 5 and 7. I fully appreciate the unencumbered, freewheeling imagination of these bright young boys. I do. I say this as a disclaimer to be applied to what might be considered a hurtful thing to say, did you not […]

My youngest child and last baby has cheeks for days. And I know that when they go, they'll never come back.

Teddy’s Cheeks

Perhaps it’s just my nature to be wistful. That very well could be it. I could easily make the argument that wistfulness is my strongest suit as a writer. But wistful for me these days is honest. Because while parenthood is very very good at making you spend a good […]

Life, Parenting

My Kodachromatic Memories

I’ve had tightness in my chest and shallow breathing for going on a month. It’s largely a result of pollen and my body’s late life decision to no longer recognize that springtime friend that greeted me with joy for so many years as I thawed out from so many winters. […]