Happy Easter and Happy Anniversary Daisy

Easter has a lot of meaning for us. As practicing Catholics, we believe the Son of God rose from the dead as a symbol to all of mankind that we will have eternal life. Pretty deep stuff that today gets shrouded in Easter bunnies and colored eggs filled with jelly beans. But for my wife […]

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I THINK this is going to be a good fit for me

Tomorrow I begin a job as the Director of Marketing and Communications at THINK Together that in many ways brings me full circle to something I started nearly 20 years ago. THINK, which is an acronym for Teaching, Helping, Inspiring, Nurturing Kids, was started by Randy Barth, a businessman and visionary whose goal is to […]

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Go easy on the ice for morning TV!

It was 40 degrees and the ice was looking pretty inviting to my kids and their two friends. Not because they knew how to skate or anything, but because all they had to do was glide around the cold stuff a bit and voila! — TV fame. And sure enough, they did. They all got […]

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Surf camping is the best

Ever since high school, I’ve rarely missed an opportunity to do a surf camping trip. Most of my trips have been with my surf buddies, Larry Ramos or Michael Duke. Or as my son calls him “Mikeduke.” I don’t think Nate knows what Mike’s last name is. This year, Larry and his family couldn’t make […]

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A Fair question to raise

I’ve written before on this blog how important I believe it is to preserve the Orange County Fair for generations to come. Recently, I met Guy Lemmon, one of the principals of Facilities Management West, a private firm who had the winning bid to purchase the fairgrounds property. Even though the appellate court has struck […]

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I’m a lucky guy

Those who know my dad, know sometimes he can be on the gruff side. But they also know that deep down he has a heart of gold and would do anything to help. So today, I needed to send a shout out to the man we sometimes call Mr. Toad because, well, he drives like […]

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Helping out a child in need

Children’s Hospital of Orange County will always have a special place in my heart. Two of my kids had to make visits there right after they were born. Nate was there just because he had a little fluid in his lungs when he was born. But Kristen was admitted at one month of age with […]

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Feeling Wicked in the Land of OZ

We were sitting in the Segerstrom Center for the Arts last Thursday when Glinda the Good Witch began belting out the lyrics to the “Wicked” song “Popular.” My 10-year-old daughter Kristen’s eyes lit up and she couldn’t help herself. “Whenever I see someone less than fortunate than I,” she sang. Even though she has a […]

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We’re going to have a Wickedly fun time

Last night, my family and I were discussing the upcoming opening of “Wicked” at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, when my younger brother Brian made an all-too familiar comment. “I have no desire to see ‘Wicked,’” he said. Sure, I understand that. Most self-respecting guys would pick sports over theater for their entertainment dollars. […]

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12 years and counting

Twelve years ago today, God bestowed a great blessing on me and Beth when Danielle Elizabeth Ann Marie Dodero was born. Her three middle names, by the way, are an attempt to name her after her  mother, her grandmothers and her aunts. Three middle names or not, I instantly fell in love with her and […]

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