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This Being An Uncle Thing Should Be Easy

December 17th, 2010 14 comments

The only thing I can write about today is the moment I just experienced meeting my six month old niece for the very first time in person.

When she was born on June 11, I must admit, I didn’t feel too different. I knew I was an Uncle, but I didn’t quite know what that meant, I didn’t know how to act. I was so clueless, I even wrote a post asking all my readers to tell me what makes a good uncle and to share memories they have of their uncles. For me, this was important, because I grew up with some great uncles, and I cared about being the same.

But now, as her and my sister take a nap in their room, I realize being a great uncle to my niece is going to be easy. I know that may sound egotistical, but allow me to explain.

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No Man Should Apologize For Having A Good Mother

October 1st, 2010 34 comments

Anyone who reads this blog knows how important my mother is to me, so when I’m done with today’s post, I’m not reading the comments. And Mom, I know you’re reading this too, so I suggest you avoid reading the comments section as well. I want people to comment freely, but admittedly, this is a sensitive subject. The only reason I’m writing about it is because well, I’d be lying if I were to write about anything else. This is all I’m thinking about.

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Lesson From My Step-dad

June 18th, 2010 12 comments

So I kind of have been looking forward to this post for a while now. In the past, I have written about the complicated relationships I had with men, but today, the man I want to talk about is a man with whom my relationship is anything but complicated.

Today, for Father’s Day, I want to talk about my stepdad, a man who has taught me more by loving my mother and my sister than anyone else I know.

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Some Rambling Words From Uncle Jozen

June 14th, 2010 42 comments

Well folks, it’s official, I am now an uncle to a beautiful niece. Her name is Armoni (pronounced like the fashion label), and she came into this world on June 11, at something like 7 pounds, 21 inches.

My sister’s in great shape post-delivery, the father has stayed at the hospital with her every night, and our family couldn’t be happier. I know I couldn’t be happier. With Armoni in my family, my whole life has now changed for the better and now it’s time for Uncle Jozen to do everything he can for his only niece, but just as important, for his only sister too.

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Stoli Vodka Martini With Three Olives

February 16th, 2010 25 comments

The title of this post is named after my father’s favorite drink.

He, Harry Joe, died one year ago today. I didn’t know much about him, having grown up from the age of three to the age of 18 in California, and him living all those years in between New York and D.C. I saw him once when I was six, got a telephone call from him when I was 10, and then once more when I was 16. When I enrolled at Howard, he was living in D.C. at the time, so of course I initially thought it was an opportunity for us to rekindle our relationship with one another.

I was wrong.

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