Iwas not at all prepared to fall in love again at 58. Certainly not the crazy, adolescent puppy kind. Where you project all that is bright and pure on the other, then adore accordingly. I place photos in strategic places around the house, smiling and aching as I walk by them. Plan visits and count the days between. In some groups of older folks, they have a pact not to talk about their grandchildren. Now that I have my first, I can see why.

Tom Hillegass


Ilove and cherish my two daughters. Tonight, the younger is dancing in a performance of "The Vagina Monologues" at the University of Maryland. I'm not there with my wife and her friends to see it. My daughters do not, in fact none of the women in my life, understand why I'm not going. There are some things a father need not know, and maybe should not know. I'm thrilled that she can revel in (and reveal) her femininity, but if you don't mind, I'll stay home and smoke a cigar.

Scott Reilly


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