Very exciting news for any word nerds who follow NuckolBall. A word I created is on the short list to be included in the 2024 Merriam-Webster dictionary. I give you: ROADPHORIA. Here is the official definition as it stands today. road·pho·ria | rohd-fawr-ee-uh noun : a state of transcendental bliss associated with the American road Origin American: from … Continue reading Merriam-Webster 2024 Shortlist
About My Uncle
Robert Paul Gallagher 1947 - 2022 This post is part of the Donna G Project. This is written to and for my boys. Imagine pitching this idea to a 10- and 12-year-old boy. “Guess what we’re doing Memorial Day weekend?” “The beach with all our friends!?” “Nope.” “Camping trip?” “Better!” “Waterpark? Carnival? Disneyworld!?” “Nope! We’re gonna … Continue reading About My Uncle
We were out back at the King's Road Brewery, when Shani said... "This can't be our future, you know. Staring at each other across the table at brewpubs three times a week." It's really weird. I've been writing this blog for 8 years and it's all been about raising kids. The tension, the celebration, the … Continue reading Now What?
Joy, Sorrow, and Miscellaneous
The Joy About 3 months ago, Alex started a new medication for his tumor. It's a drug called nirogacestat. After a bit of a hives scare, we got the right regimen working and it has had WAY less side effects than what Alex had been on in the past. A bit of fatigue and some … Continue reading Joy, Sorrow, and Miscellaneous
5 Pivotal Moments in the Campaign
The dust has settled. I’m getting my required background check and fingerprinting to join the Board of Education. But I wanted to send out one final post. Kind of a retrospective, behind-the-scenes look at the journey. Here are 5 moments that I think were deeply significant. 1) The launch of VoteCartella.com I spent the first … Continue reading 5 Pivotal Moments in the Campaign
4 Observations and a Musical Interlude
Running for office has been like a giant puzzle that I’m trying to solve and resolve every day. My head is always turning it over and looking at it from different angles. It’s super interesting, but sometimes hard to shut off when I want to get some sleep.
#SlayTeam for the Win
Months ago, before this election was even on the radar, Shani and I made plans to go to Cincinnati this weekend. We were having a reunion with her college friends (who are my friends too, for the record). But then suddenly we realized that Cincinnati Weekend was same weekend as the Fall Festival. Which is … Continue reading #SlayTeam for the Win
The plan for Saturday night was to have a date. Shani was getting back from Boston. I made a big pot of minestrone soup. We were going to open a bottle of wine, put our phones away, and hang out. But Shani came in like a hurricane. “So many people are texting me that they … Continue reading Rain Date
So anyways…this morning I got up at 4:15, made a whole pot of coffee, sat on the couch with the dog on my legs, and took a step back to breathe.
Vote for Books!
WARNING: Long, book-nerdy post to follow. But the short version: “VOTE FOR MIKE NUCKOLS IF YOU LOVE BOOKS!” This morning I was invited to speak before the Haddonfield Public Library Board of Trustees, which was an invitation that meant a lot to me personally. I let them know where I stand as a candidate. I’m … Continue reading Vote for Books!
With Gratitude to the Parents of Kids with Special Needs
Last night I received the best contribution yet to my campaign. Some members of the Special Needs Community in Haddonfield organized an event for me last night.
3 Key Issues and Where I Stand
If we don’t act, we’re eventually going to have classes taught in trailers and dozens of kids told they can’t participate in sports. And that’s the last thing we want.