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Welcome to the Open Mike Blog where author and comic Mike Carlon shares reflections on life, liberty, and the pursuit of laughter. Sometimes the joke is on him.

Paddy GoGo

Paddy GoGo

He may have been born at just under three pounds, but you'd never know it. Even when he was in the NICU, Patrick was always on the go, squirming away in his incubator.  It earned him the nickname Squirm Worm from one of his nurses, Krista (also a golfer). Ever since...

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And then there was one

And then there was one

Something strange happens when you go from a house bustling with energy and noise to a quiet one. It feels weird, as if something is wrong. Even the dogs are picking up on it because they have been extra mopey lately. This past Thursday, we moved Gracie "G-Money"...

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A New Chapter

A New Chapter

It's fitting that the first of our triplets to come home from the hospital after being born 9 weeks early is the first to exit the nest and head to college. Today we moved Maggie in to her dorm at the University of Connecticut, which holds a special place in my heart...

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School Boy Heart

School Boy Heart

In their haste to go swimming at a friend’s house today, my three favorite children left the kitchen a complete mess; apparently there’s nothing as scary to my kids than a clean dishwasher. I have a lot of work to do today but, since I have a Ph.D. in procrastination,...

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Fatman and the Boy Blunder

Fatman and the Boy Blunder

CHalloween was one of my favorite holidays as a kid. I loved the fact that, for one day out of the year, I could pretend to be someone else. It's not that I didn't like who I was, but the idea that you could put on a mask and a cape and turn yourself into your...

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