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empty nest

Man in the Kitchen: A Father Faces the Empty Nest

As a man, you think you are ill prepared on the day you bring a newborn home. I mean no instruction manual, nothing! So you work through it. However, nothing prepares you for that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you hug them goodbye with all your might at camp drop-off and you can already feel the distance as they gently tug to get away.
Man in the Kitchen

Man in the Kitchen: Feed Your Marriage

Routine is the enemy of romance; fear, the dividing line between meal and feast. The answer is only as limited as your imagination. It’s never too early for that first Pernod. Unpack the groceries. Put on some nice music. And experiment the afternoon away in a cramped kitchen with a sharp knife and a hot stove. The results can be tasty, if not an awful lot more.
child's sexual identity

Man in the Kitchen: Embracing Your Child’s Sexual Identity

When your child is ready to share with you who they really are, expect the unexpected and the rest will follow.
Change strengthens

Man in the Kitchen: When Change Strengthens You for a New Year

After a plumbing disaster forces his family to move, our Man in the Kitchen reflects on the ways change strengthens you for a New Year to come.
#metoo

Man in the Kitchen: What Do We Tell Our Kids in the Age of #MeToo?

A father contemplates the best way to educate and protect both boys and girls when out on the dating scene in the age of #MeToo.
Holiday dinner table

Man in the Kitchen: The Importance of Holiday Meals

Holidays mean different things to different people, but one thing that never fails to unify the family around a table is a lovingly-prepared holiday meal.
new women's order

Man in the Kitchen: Being a Guy in the New Women’s Order

Husband and father Ken Carlton describes his admiration and solidarity for the new women's order leading the charge for equality and respect.
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Man in the Kitchen: A Symbol of Peace and Friendship

As I write this with Paris on my mind, I am staring at a view of the San Bernardino Mountains from the desert in eastern California. Christmas lights ring the palm trees on El Paseo. The holidays are in the air. At a time when suspicion reigns supreme I wonder what good tidings could I possibly bring? This of course led me to think about salmon.
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Man in the Kitchen: A Well-Seasoned Proposal

It is the month of resolutions. If we cannot change the world, what might we do to improve ourselves? I aim to write a few more hours a day because I am at one with unfulfilled dreams. To write is to be hungry and that is a condition The Man in the Kitchen relishes.
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As One

On Saturday night – the day after – I shepherded my wife, 2 teenaged boys and 16-year-old stepdaughter to a sub-basement living room on a quiet street plunked down in the middle of Red Hook, Brooklyn, 3,623 miles from Paris.