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It seems the atmosphere, of late, is less receptive to the thoughts I jotted down in December of 2001. Maybe that’s an even better reason to dig them back up this year. I don’t know. But, if you’re offended by them, then you’re probably just the person I was writing to.

My Christmas message for 2001 is posted here.

The interview on AirTalk with Larry Mantle went off without any problems today. The previous segment ran a little long, which left less time for the “velcro parents” segment, but it was a worthwhile discussion nonetheless. The other in-studio guest was Barbara J. Avery, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Occidental College in Los Angeles, a lovely lady who expressed a strong interest in getting Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son into her student handout packet. Today’s host was David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times.

You can listen to a replay of this segment HERE.

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The interview scheduled for September 4th on WBZ News Radio Boston has been rescheduled for Friday night/Saturday morning September 10-11. The time is not set, but will be between Midnight and 4:00am Eastern time.

The reason for the move was hurricane Earl, which was predicted to hit the Massachusetts coast at approximately the same time I was scheduled to hit the airwaves. WBZ decided that Earl was more important to its listeners. I certainly can’t argue with that.

I will post the airtime for the rescheduled interview on this site as soon as I know it. The interview will also be posted here as soon as it is available. Thanks for the emails and messages of encouragement.

Got a call today from the producer of AirTalk with Larry Mantle at KPCC 89.3 Southern California Public Radio. They’re producing a segment about parents who won’t let go when their kids go off to college, and they invited me to join the in-studio conversation. It’s very exciting. My wife won’t get off the phone.

I’ll be on the show scheduled for Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 10:30 am Pacific time. If you’re in the Southern California area, please tune in and then leave your feedback here. Maybe we can start a constructive conversation of our own about letting go when your kids leave home.

If you’re not in Southern California, you can listen in on the internet at http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/ .

Second time is not much easier.

We deposited Austin in his new dorm room on Saturday, and headed back home. He was excited to be back at school, and anxious to see all the friends he’s missed since the end of his freshman year. His mother, Ryan, and I, however, found ourselves in a familiar place – mildly bummed. After having him at home for a couple of months, it was hard to see him go again. Not quite as painful as it was last year, but only slightly better.

Still, it was a moment to be proud. He has become a wonderful young man. Someone I’d be happy to call a friend if I had just met him. He will be fine. It’s Ryan and I who will have to adjust again. It’s something we share with all parents in this particular boat. Letting go. Doing what we’re supposed to do as good parents. But, not liking it one bit!