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Ken Harbaugh
Ken Harbaugh holds a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School and is a former U.S. Navy pilot. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The National Post (Canada), the Yale Journal of International Law, and on National Public Radio. He saves the good stuff for

Entries by Ken Harbaugh

5 Things Our Kids Are Not Getting for Christmas

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 1:24 PM

It is the holiday season, and parents everywhere have begun the mad scramble to acquire more/better/bigger stuff for their kids. Stuff that will equal happiness. In years past, we've been guilty of taking part in this ritual, throwing presents at our children to make them love us.

This year, we...

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Why I Taught You to Punch

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 5:40 PM

You are approaching that age now, when you look around and see how other dads raised their daughters. You are noticing that I did things differently, that you are not like other little girls, the ones who never leave home without a ribbon in their hair. You are brave and...

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When Life Gives You Lemonade

(31) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 10:09 AM

When I came home from my last business trip, my daughter Katie's lemonade stand was on the sidewalk in front of our house. The sun had set, the ice had melted, and I grumbled as I carried the sticky folding table to the garage.

I checked the till --...

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A Nation of Selfless Service

(32) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 9:35 AM

If we as Americans ever doubted our capacity to stand up for each other, the events of last week put those fears to rest. Who can forget the stories of bystanders in Boston tearing apart barricades to reach the wounded, or first responders in Texas charging into the flames of...

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A Plan to Rebuild the American Ethic of Service

(18) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 8:38 AM

On this day 68 years ago, thousands of young Americans stormed the beaches of northern France to begin the final assault on Hitler's war machine. My own grandfather had recently returned with a hole in his thigh from an explosive round that blew out the windscreen of his B-17 bomber.

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The Peaceful Home

(12) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 7:41 PM

It usually happens like this: I am sitting in my chair, quietly typing, as my daughter Katie "plays" in the next room. The next moment, she is gently tugging my sleeve. I glance over the top of my laptop and smile, oblivious.

"What is it Bear?"

"Daddy," she says. "Everything...

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The Hallucinatory Hell Of No Sleep And A New Baby

(97) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 6:01 AM

For the first two months of my daughter's life, my wife and I never had a real conversation. Everything revolved around our child. Sleep came in 2 - 4 hour increments. Days went by in a haze. Shopping did not happen, and we had to remind each other to brush...

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