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Gary Karton
Gary Karton is the author of The Last Akaway (Brattle, April 2013), the first book in the Brody Boondoggle fantasy adventure series for young readers. Gary started his writing career as a reporter for The Washington Post. He has spent the last 17 working for children and families at nonprofits such as the Welfare to Work Partnership, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Safe Kids Worldwide. He is also the author of No Free Lunch -- One Man's Journey from Welfare to the American Dream (Ballantine, May 2002). He lives in Virginia with his wife, dog and two sons.

Entries by Gary Karton

Making the Right Call When Faced With a Bad One

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 1:52 PM

At the beginning of every youth basketball season, all the coaches receive an e-mail from the league commissioner encouraging us to be respectful of the officials and to ask the parents to do the same.

So before the first practice, I gather all the parents on the sideline and...

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Tales from the Dog Park. Vol. I: A New Mom, A Crazy Childhood and Why Awesome Parenting is Sometimes Easier than You Think

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 4:27 PM

I love the dog park.

I love it because Halea, my dog (a very rare breed of mutt), loves it. She runs and plays and sniffs, and for half an hour every day, I feel like I'm actually giving her the attention she deserves.

I love it because...

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Discovering the Gift of a Learning Disability

(4) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 5:04 PM

When I was in third grade, a teacher I didn't know walked into my reading class, called my name, and then led me down the hall and into her office.

"Do you know why you're here?" she asked, offering me a seat at a table next to her desk.

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The Dirty Diaper Blues

(5) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 2:04 PM

Was my wife, Dixie, helping me or suckering me? It's a debate that still goes on to this day, but regardless of the answer, I stand behind the following advice for every new dad: Change every diaper.

That's the advice Dixie gave me when our first son, Jake, was...

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