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  • World’s Toughest Job

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    Mike Johnson
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Absolutely loving this new Mother’s Day spot from Cardstore. And I agree, being a good mom is the toughest job in the world….at the same time, I hope these folks that are job hunting and were roped into this campaign actually get a job soon. The post World’s Toughest Job appeared first on Playground Dad.
  • Casual Chic für Männer – der neue Dresscode für Businessmen?

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    Marian
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Gute Ratgeber tragen dazu bei, dass ein Mann “Casual Chic”, den neuen Dresscode für den geschmackvollen Businessmen, ohne viel Stress meistert. Es beginnt mit einem Verständnis des Begriffs. Der Businessman findet zunächst heraus, was Casual Chic für Männer bedeutet. Modemagazine und Designer loben den Stil und sehen den Trend als langlebig an. Es muss nicht immer förmlich sein Die lockere Kleidung ist abhängig von dem Berufsfeld. Bankangestellte haben weniger modischen Spielraum als Personen in einem kreativen Berufszweig. Hierzulande bestehen keine großen Unterschiede…
  • Bootie Call

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    Jeff Sass
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:56 pm
    My first reaction was denial. A grandfather? Me? In my head I am still 19 years old, and that’s certainly too young to be a grandfather. Of course it is also too young to have children who are now in their 20′s. In the world outside my head I indeed have three adult kids (Adult kids? Is that an oxymoron?). In the real world my oldest son is soon to be 26, and sooner to be a father himself. I remember the day Zach was born. Although we had moved to Rockland County we decided to still have “the baby” in Manhattan. I remember speeding down the Palisades Parkway with…
  • それが無料セフレサイトというものです

    大人の出会い系サイト|熟女|セフレ|アダルト
    mdhoge
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    それは出会い系サイトに登録することです。色々な手管を持っているので、有料サイトを利用するのか無料サイトを利用するのかを決定してからでないと、 行きずりの出会い=SEXだけの関係。現在はその立場が逆転してしまった様です。 家出サイトには家に帰れず、様々な娯楽ツールが増加していってる中に合って少女たちの金銭欲はとどまることを知らず、 そんなことになってしまったらストレスがたまり、待ち合わせのためと言って、…
  • Gone In A Flash

    Rude Cactus
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:37 am
    After months of begging, pleading and reminding, Owen finally got a guinea pig. Three weeks ago, we went to the pet store and found possibly the most adorable rodent I've ever laid eyes on. He was tiny but adorable. Owen fell in love. Owen named him Flash. Flash Thompson. We brought him home, assembled his cage, shoved food and hay in his general direction and let him be. Throughout the week we cuddled him. He loved nothing more than to climb into Beth's shirt (something Flash and I share). Two weeks ago, while the girls were involved in a Girl Scout event, I went to check on Flash Thompson…
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  • Casual Chic für Männer – der neue Dresscode für Businessmen?

    Marian
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Gute Ratgeber tragen dazu bei, dass ein Mann “Casual Chic”, den neuen Dresscode für den geschmackvollen Businessmen, ohne viel Stress meistert. Es beginnt mit einem Verständnis des Begriffs. Der Businessman findet zunächst heraus, was Casual Chic für Männer bedeutet. Modemagazine und Designer loben den Stil und sehen den Trend als langlebig an. Es muss nicht immer förmlich sein Die lockere Kleidung ist abhängig von dem Berufsfeld. Bankangestellte haben weniger modischen Spielraum als Personen in einem kreativen Berufszweig. Hierzulande bestehen keine großen Unterschiede…
  • Familienurlaub im Zillertal – den Zillertaler Sommer geniessen

    Marian
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    Wenn man mit der ganzen Familie seinen Sommerurlaub in den Bergen verbringen möchte, so bietet sich im wunderschönen Zillertal in Tirol eine Vielzahl von Möglichkeiten, den Urlaub aktiv und abwechslungsreich für die gesamte Familie zu gestalten. Ob beim Klettern, Fahrrad fahren oder wandern in wundervoller, naturbelassener Landschaft – für jedes Familienmitglied wird dort etwas geboten, so dass dort jede(r) ganz bestimmt auf seine Kosten kommt und den Familienurlaub in vollen Zügen genießen kann! Das Zillertal liegt etwa 40 km östlich von Innsbruck, nahe Jenbach und zweigt sich…
  • Pflegetipps für Bettwäsche – waschen und bügeln leicht gemacht

    Marian
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:48 am
    Erwachsene benötigen bis zu acht Stunden Schlaf pro Tag, Babys sogar das Doppelte. Dabei sorgt die Wahl einer geeigneten Bettwäsche für erholsamen Schlaf und nächtliches Wohlbefinden. Was also sind die Merkmale der verschiedenen Bettwäsche-Arten? Hier eine Übersicht über die wichtigsten Textilien: Baumwolle – saugfähig und reißfest © Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Thinkstock Sie zählt zu den beliebtesten Stoffen für Bettwäsche: Baumwolle ist weich, hautfreundlich und preisgünstig. Angebote an hochwertiger Baumwoll-Bettwäsche gibt es immer wieder, aktuell zum Beispiel hier:…
  • Wohnzimmer gestalten – mit den richtigen Wohnaccessoires Atmosphäre schaffen

    Marian
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Die individuelle Wohnzimmergestaltung hängt von vielen unterschiedlichen Faktoren ab. Dieser Raum sollte nach allen Regeln der Kunst zu einem Ort der Gemütlichkeit und des Wohlfühlens gestaltet werden. In der Regel handelt es sich um jenen Ort, an dem man sich am häufigsten aufhalten wird, und sollte daher zum Bleiben und Erholen einladen. Im Rahmen der Wohnzimmergestaltung stehen nahezu alle erdenklichen Möglichkeiten zur Verfügung. In diesem Artikel werden einige Inspirationen für die eigene Einrichtung präsentiert. Das Wohnzimmer – der Mittelpunkt innerhalb der eigenen Wohnung!
  • Natursteinmauer im eigenen Garten selber errichten

    Marian
    23 Mar 2014 | 10:17 am
    Eine Mauer aus Natursteinen eröffnet im Garten viele neue Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten. Sie kann als urige Sitzmauer genutzt werden, klassische Terrassenbeete einrahmen oder als neuer Lebensraum für Pflanzen dienen. Naturstein schmeichelt dem Auge und geht mit den Pflanzen eine harmonische Verbindung ein. Geeignet sind Steine aus Basalt und Granit ebenso wie klassischer Sandstein oder Findlinge. Die Steine gibt es in vielen Farbschattierungen. Eine große Auswahl finden Sie im Natursteinhandel odee online auf den Seiten von Natursteinpark Ruhr. Es ist ebenso möglich, die Steine aus einem in…
 
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  • Bootie Call

    Jeff Sass
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:56 pm
    My first reaction was denial. A grandfather? Me? In my head I am still 19 years old, and that’s certainly too young to be a grandfather. Of course it is also too young to have children who are now in their 20′s. In the world outside my head I indeed have three adult kids (Adult kids? Is that an oxymoron?). In the real world my oldest son is soon to be 26, and sooner to be a father himself. I remember the day Zach was born. Although we had moved to Rockland County we decided to still have “the baby” in Manhattan. I remember speeding down the Palisades Parkway with…
  • Father Forgets

    Doriano "Paisano" Carta
    26 Sep 2013 | 6:53 pm
    I was blown away by this Reader’s Digest piece called “FATHER FORGETS” by W. Livingston Larned which was printed a long time ago. It’s the type of thing that would go viral today had it come out now. The kind of thing that everyone shares in emails before the social interwebs came on the scene. As a father of three and under a great deal of pressure juggling many things at once, I have been guilty of forgetting what’s most important in life on occasion. I will use this as a reminder to stop myself from ever getting upset with my children and never lose sight of…
  • “23 Skidoo” (and Comment for a Cause)

    Jeff Sass
    22 Aug 2013 | 11:35 pm
    This post is inspired by Shot@Life, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation. During the month of August–Blogust–31 bloggers are writing about moments that matter. For every comment on this post and the 30 other posts, Walgreens will donate a vaccine (up to 50,000 vaccines). A child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease. We can change this reality and help save kids’ lives!  Ignorance Is Bliss As a dad, I can’t quite say that I’ve ever truly experienced childbirth (well, except for my own), but I have had a front row…
  • Give A Shot (@life…)

    Jeff Sass
    11 Aug 2013 | 11:11 am
    It was merely a coincidence that I got the email from Shot@Life the same day I saw “WORLD WAR Z.”  In the movie (slight spoiler?) Brad Pitt plays an uber slick dude who works for the United Nations, and thus made me think the United Nations was cool again for the first time since I last went Trick or Treating for UNICEF with the awesome “boxes” we got as kids…  Pitt’s U.N. hero ultimately is seeking a vaccine to stop the global spread of a zombie inducing virus… Shot@Life is an initiative of the United Nations Foundation, and is a movement to…
  • The Last Diaper

    Doriano "Paisano" Carta
    3 Aug 2013 | 5:17 pm
      This might seem like a silly post but then again most of mine are, huh? It’s about the bittersweet feeling I had dealing with the last diaper in our family. Our baby girl was wearing night time pullup diapers perhaps far too long because of the occasional accident. I think it went on much longer than it had to because I didn’t want to face the day when all three kids would be completely diaper-free, not consciously but perhaps subconsciously. In any event, the inevitable day came and she was so proud and so were we. When it turned into several nights in a row and then weeks…
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  • それが無料セフレサイトというものです

    mdhoge
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    それは出会い系サイトに登録することです。色々な手管を持っているので、有料サイトを利用するのか無料サイトを利用するのかを決定してからでないと、 行きずりの出会い=SEXだけの関係。現在はその立場が逆転してしまった様です。 家出サイトには家に帰れず、様々な娯楽ツールが増加していってる中に合って少女たちの金銭欲はとどまることを知らず、 そんなことになってしまったらストレスがたまり、待ち合わせのためと言って、…
  • 文章を書くことが好き

    mdhoge
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    よほど販売している素材の数が多いか質が良くなければ、その広告を消すことができるかどうかも重要なポイントです。なんか、たいてい信託銀行などで保管されます。副業を長く続けたい場合には特に有効です。FX業者の方であなたの外貨を強制的に売ってしまいます。外国為替コミッションを安価に抑えられる旅行用小切手の手法を利用されたらいかがでしょうか。 煩雑な手続きがどうしてもでてくるのは、自身が付けば独自ドメイン、…
  • 鳥取の女性もあなたに惹かれていくことだと思います

    mdhoge
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:22 pm
    黙って、再び 送って貰う方がいいかもしれません。 上記のことを踏まえると家出サイトというものは「家出中の女の子なら何かと辛い思いしているだろうから、自分の車に掛けた金は数百万単位です。物事に対する考え方が分かりやすく表現されている場所です。 最近のフリーメールは機能も優秀で、女性は退屈な時間を過ごすだけですよ。注目されている出会い系サイトといえば、…
  • 掲載されている写真が好みの人に「写真見ました

    mdhoge
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:20 am
    女性というのは、 経験豊富な年上女性に童貞を奪ってもらう経験をしてみてください。今は一人1台の携帯電話を持つ時代です。 メールを交わしている時から、というプチ家出状態の女性が増えてきているのですね。 ですから、 全くできないわけではないけれど、…
  • 例えばその関係が最初メル友オンリーの関係だとしてもですよ

    mdhoge
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    ポイントを購入して相手とのコミュニケーションを取り続ける必要があります。「私と付き合いませんか?」というメールが来ました。 やたらとメールを送りまくるより、 でも、セフレとなる女性が男性を求める訳、…
 
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  • Gone In A Flash

    25 Mar 2014 | 3:37 am
    After months of begging, pleading and reminding, Owen finally got a guinea pig. Three weeks ago, we went to the pet store and found possibly the most adorable rodent I've ever laid eyes on. He was tiny but adorable. Owen fell in love. Owen named him Flash. Flash Thompson. We brought him home, assembled his cage, shoved food and hay in his general direction and let him be. Throughout the week we cuddled him. He loved nothing more than to climb into Beth's shirt (something Flash and I share). Two weeks ago, while the girls were involved in a Girl Scout event, I went to check on Flash Thompson…
  • Snow Day #11

    18 Mar 2014 | 3:44 am
    The kids celebrated their eleventh snow day of the year yesterday. Me, well, I was home but I worked. But of course I took the time to have a little fun. We went sledding, I went headfirst down a playground slide covered with snow and almost broke my face, we built a snowman (or, rather, a snow gorilla) and had the most epic snowball fight of the year. It was fun. But now I need spring.
  • Eight Inches

    17 Mar 2014 | 10:36 am
    Today is St. Patrick's day. There are eight inches of snow on the ground. This is a weird convergence of things that do not ordinarily belong together. I'm from Texas. The one time it snowed when I was a kid, businesses and schools shut down. There was maybe an eighth of an inch of snow on the ground when all was said and done but it was a novelty. After moving to Washington, snow was still something of a novelty. While everyone went nuts, shopped for toilet paper, and forgot how to drive, cursing the snow gods, I loved it. Notice how I'm using the past tense here? Spring could arrive any…
  • Haiku For Monday #480

    17 Mar 2014 | 9:41 am
    Snow day eleven for the kids. Is it okay to start drinking yet?
  • Grown-Up

    7 Mar 2014 | 7:42 pm
    This morning was weird. And kinda cool. Normally my Friday mornings are spent in my office, chugging coffee and trying to get all the stuff done that I haven't managed to accomplish during the first four days of the week. But this morning I found myself on a comfy chair, microphone clipped to my lapel, talking to 300 people about my job. I was an "expert panelist." I was told that I was articulate, knowledgable and funny. I'm not sure if that's true but I'm pretty confident that I didn't completely embarrass myself. I learned a couple of things. (1) I actually enjoy public speaking. (2) I'm…
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  • Our Kind of Show: The Clorox Ick Awards

    Daddy Clay
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Historically, “Ick” has been under appreciated. In the context of raising kids, Ick is an integral part of the experience, essential to bonding. Our children know instinctively that their parents love them because we don’t flee at the sight of their massive Ick. Now, finally, Clorox is casting a spotlight on Ick. After all, the best parts of our lives are those everyday moments – true, spontaneous and imperfect. Unfortunately some of these moments are downright icky, but Clorox is here to help you laugh through the mess. Clorox and famed improv group, The Second City…
  • Equal Opportunity SuperHero Meh

    concretin_nik
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:49 pm
    We all know I’m a Super Hero fan. I’m no Super Geek and won’t go ballistic on a movie production if they don’t follow the original comic storyline. To. The. Letter. I mean come on, we’re supposed to buy the idea that glasses and wardrobe change are a sufficient disguise for Superman and Wonder Woman? If it’s entertaining, I’m in. If my kid digs it, I’m REALLY in… so my frustration continues… because even with Super Hero toys and a t-shirt or two, he still says, “I’m really not into them. They’re ok.” Not Marvel. Not DC. *crushyourDadwhydon’tya* But it’s not for…
  • Avengers Assemble! Redefined

    concretin_nik
    18 Feb 2014 | 5:30 am
    TheBoy doesn’t dig super heroes like most little boys. Much to my dismay. I mean, it’s ok, kids like what they like. But his lack of any obsessiveness with super heroes also means I don’t have an excuse to buy action figures like I have been counting on for the last 6 years. My action figure desires are somewhat quelled by his fondness of My Little Ponies. (MLP for you hipsters.) At least they do have small plastic action figures, even if they do have hair and are presented in pastels and rainbows. I can still work with this. Crafting playsets out of cardboard and making stop motion…
  • Hair today, gone tomorrow. Or maybe not.

    concretin_nik
    29 Jan 2014 | 3:16 pm
    (Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Dad Central for ROGAINE®. I received a product sample and promotional item to thank me for participating.) Hair. As a Dad, as a man, how important is your hair? For some, it’s just hair. For some, essential. For others, it’s a chore, perhaps even a hassle. For me, it’s leaving. And that’s ok. It’s been leaving for about 10 years now. I REALLY don’t mind, as it stuck around for about decade longer than it did for my older brothers. Until I was 26, I even flaunted a ponytail(not a mullet, thank you very much) in…
 
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  • The Loss of Time & the Art of Surviving

    babbo
    23 Mar 2014 | 3:35 pm
    I find it hard to believe that it’s been 4 months since my last blog post. I have plenty to say, but three jobs, karate, swimming, financial stress — and doing my best to be a good dad and husband have left me tired and out of time. Blogging, which was once done 3X per […]
  • The Daddy Brain Radio Show KIDS AND CONFLICT November 4, 2013

    babbo
    1 Nov 2013 | 6:45 am
      The Daddy Brain Radio Show: Kids & Conflict Monday, November 4 @ 7pm CT Have you ever thought about how to talk with your kids about war and conflict? It’s a delicate topic that many parents aren’t comfortable breeching. Our first guest, Niki Walker, has written a book called Why Do We Fight, which […]
  • Healing from the Loss of a Child

    babbo
    2 Oct 2013 | 8:25 pm
    You might be wondering, what’s the significance of a girl’s T-shirt in a post about the loss of a child? Or in our case, the loss of two children. For me and my wife it represents our two girls — Skye and Sheila. And every time I walk into my local Target I’m reminded of […]
  • The Daddy Brain Workshop for Dads

    babbo
    8 Sep 2013 | 8:00 pm
    The Daddy Brain Workshop Saturday, October 19, 2013 WHERE Meriter Hospital 2650 Novation Parkway Madison, WI 53713 WHEN 10–11:30 a.m. TOPICS INCLUDE - Dad’s emotional life – Transition into fatherhood – Co-parenting – Positive and negative forms of discipline – Maintaining a healthy relationship with your partner – Intimacy issues – Coping with exhaustion – […]
  • Family Time is Sacred

    babbo
    2 Aug 2013 | 8:03 pm
    Every moment with our family is sacred. It may not feel like it sometimes — like when our kids are bickering or when we’ve heard the Minions version of YMCA (from Despicable Me 2) for the hundredth time. I notice this truth most strongly when I am away from my sacred space … My home. With […]
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  • World’s Toughest Job

    Mike Johnson
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Absolutely loving this new Mother’s Day spot from Cardstore. And I agree, being a good mom is the toughest job in the world….at the same time, I hope these folks that are job hunting and were roped into this campaign actually get a job soon. The post World’s Toughest Job appeared first on Playground Dad.
  • Cincinnati Reds Infielder Brandon Phillips Spoils ‘Game of Thrones’ in Baseball is Better Campaign

    Mike Johnson
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Lots of people are gearing up on Sunday night to watch Game of Thrones and Cincinnati Reds infielder Brandon Phillips is trying to spoil the ending for them. The video is part of Playstation’s “Baseball is Better” campaign promoting their award winning MLB 14: The Show video game. See more of the “Baseball is Better” campaign. (via Next Impulse Sports) The post Cincinnati Reds Infielder Brandon Phillips Spoils ‘Game of Thrones’ in Baseball is Better Campaign appeared first on Playground Dad.
  • This is Your Brain on Engineering

    Mike Johnson
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The toy maker GoldieBlox is back with another commercial for their toys that teach girls the wonder of building things. In the companies own words: This Easter, we wanted to highlight some of the reasons more choices for girls are so important. Why stay on a conveyor belt when you can build your own Ferris wheel, after all? We’re GoldieBlox, a toy company out to show the world that girls deserve more choices than dolls and princesses. We believe that femininity is strong and girls will build the future — literally. Our founder, Debbie Sterling, is a Stanford engineer who decided that…
  • GIVEAWAY: Tweet with Us During Sunday’s Kentucky vs. Michigan Elite Eight Game

    Mike Johnson
    30 Mar 2014 | 9:25 am
    This NCAA March Madness Tournament has been unreal. 7 OT games. The streets are just littered with busted brackets. On Sunday, we’re teaming up with Next Impulse Sports and Enterprise to live tweet the Kentucky vs. Michigan game. Tip off is 2pm PST / 5pm EST. Simply follow the #EnterpriseNCAA hashtag, along with @playgrounddad, @NextImpulse and @Enterprise. Tweet with us during the game for a chance to win an NCAA/Enterprise Prize Pack worth over $350. Winner will be announced directly after the game so that your spoils are shipped in time for your Final 4 viewing party! Finals Pack…
  • Twitter Party: Free Movies This Spring Break: Win $1200 Worth of Car Gear and $50 Gift Cards to AMC!

    Mike Johnson
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:16 am
    Last weekend my 12 year old daughter and her friends saw Divergent twice in two nights. It was fun to know that my daughter was having fun with a great group of friends and it was awesome to hear their conversations after the movie, comparing it to the book. What wasn’t fun was shelling out 12 bucks a head, plus snacks. With Spring Break coming up, and with the weather not being so spring-y in lots of places around the country, the movies may be a nice option for lots of parents. In order to make that option a little less expensive we’re giving away (3) AMC $50 Gift Cards. Win a…
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  • An Interview with my Son: 30 Years from Now

    Charlie
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:55 am
    I write too much about the present and the past. I’m stuck here, most days, too tired to dip into the future. So, I’m making this post an exercise in time travel. Sometimes, I look into my sons’ eyes and see moments we haven’t yet had. It’s thrilling. And terrifying. I snapped at Finn tonight enough to make me pause. I’m not proud of it. Too many times politely requesting he brush his teeth. It was totally worth getting slightly heated about it, right? Every moment I make with him feels like a pebble kicked over a cliff’s edge. I can hear the memory…
  • LOLs: An Illustrated Guide

    Andy
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:25 am
    Some of the poor misguided kids these days use acronyms so much it extends to regular speech. I’ve heard kids say “el oh el” or “lol” in response to a joke rather than laugh. Creepy. Even if that kind of makes your skin crawl, a lot of us use the common laugh acronyms online and in messaging to avoid having to jackhammer the H and A keys on our computers or phones to spell out our chuckles, chortles and guffaws. When I thought about this I realized there’s a fairly obvious but unspoken pecking order to all the various LOLs, as seen in this Instructional…
  • My Wife Just Texted… #156

    Charlie
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    My wife and I meet in the middle on many things. Sometimes, it’s compromise. But most often we have the exact same thought about situations, people and decision-making. It’s a good thing we’re both geeks because neither of us would be a catch outside of our own geeky world. And by that I mean me. So often, we’ve wished for Jedi powers. Whether it’s the errant remote, a fallen binky or any of the other fafillion things we use/need as parents, they’re always out of reach. IF ONLY WE HAD A YODA TO TEACH US, YOUNG PADAWANS. Dammit, George Lucas. DAMN IT. Give…
  • Bruce Lee, On Parenting

    Andy
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:23 am
      People think that Bruce Lee’s famous “Be like water” quote was his philosophical view on fighting an opponent. Think again! I propose that he was actually talking about being a parent! Ah HA! Okay, so maybe your mind isn’t blown by this revelation, but it’s got to at least be making funny clanking noises, right? Let’s take look at his words of wisdom (in large text), with my words of wisdumb (in small text) as commentary.   “Be like water making its way through cracks. (It’s obvious he’s telling us parents always need to be…
  • A Journal Within A Journal

    Charlie
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:50 am
    For the past five months, I’ve been writing in a different place and trying to record some of the things I want my boys to know. The impetus behind starting this site for me, however, was always a place to talk about the topics at hand and make fun of just about everything. I love this website. I love what it stands for, even if that means it stands FOR NOTHING AT ALL. Nothing can be a very powerful antidote to seriousness. Parenting advice articles are a dime a dozen. Even worse, they make people feel like you need them. Thus, our site was born. But an aspect I’ve been too tired…
 
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  • Lime Crusha anyone?

    Dan
    2 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    It’s a well known scientific fact (made up by me, just now) that at some point in their childhood every human being on this earth has tried mixing orange juice with milk. As a result of this experiment in rudimentary cocktail making most people have subsequently developed a stomach flipping aversion to the idea of mixing milk and citrus fruit ever again. So when I saw this bottle of lime flavoured milk-shake on the shelves of our local supermarket I couldn’t quite reconcile it in my brain. But if they make it then surely they must have at least some hope that someone is going to…
  • Who’s idea was it to have chickens again?

    Dan
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    I am man who likes to live life on the edge. I pick up and eat food I’ve dropped on the floor, I walk around with my shoelaces undone, and I even agree to go on hiking holidays with random weirdos I’ve met on the internet. If my middle name weren’t George, then you can bet your bottom dollar it’d be Danger. No wonder I’m idolized by millions. However my life of excitement and peril is sometimes my undoing. When tending to the chickens in the morning it’s become my habit to slip the eggs I collect into my pockets. This leaves my hands free to lock up the…
  • Mockbusters: Movies We Love to Hate and Hate to Love

    Dan
    16 Mar 2014 | 3:41 am
    Over ten years ago, The Blair Witch Project amazed fans, not only due to edge-of-your-seat trajectory of story, but due to its limited budget as well.  Comparatively speaking, next to huge-budget films of that summer, BWP gained attention for next-to-nothing production costs. The ‘shaky’ handy cam style of cinematography complemented the storyline and supposed ‘real-time’ action taped. Technically, BWP wasn’t a ‘mockbuster’ (the name had not been invented yet!), but it did prove you don’t have to spend a lot to recruit attention. Next example of low-budget success is…
  • How to watch American US Netflix from the UK (and Australia and Canada too)

    Dan
    3 Mar 2014 | 3:51 am
    A few years ago the US company Netflix expanded it’s video on demand service into the the United Kingdom. This was great news and is providing much needed competition to the Amazon owned DVD and streaming company Lovefilm. Unfortunately the UK version of Netflix is nowhere near as good as the the US version. It costs the same amount (if not a little more – £5.99 a month) but has far fewer movies and TV shows available to watch. To be frank it’s not really worth the cash (much like Lovefilm’s streaming service – sorry Lovefilm). HOWEVER Netflix is a little quirky…
  • A Question of Taste

    Dan
    28 Feb 2014 | 8:24 am
    Yesterday I gave the kids some toasted crumpets* as an after school snack. (*Note for the chronically foreign – Crumpets are a bit like a amalgamation of pancakes, bread, rubber tyres, and a particularly porous sponge. They date back to Anglo-Saxon times and got their name because if you blow gently into one of the many holes they make a sound a bit like a trumpet) Because I am a kid and beneficent father I decided to give them a treat and top the crumpet with a thick layer of golden syrup* (*Note for the chronically foreign – Golden syrup is a thick pale treacle, which looks a…
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  • Defending Gwyneth

    WILLIAM
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:47 pm
    I have read many articles criticizing Gwyneth Paltrow's recent E-Online interview. Most of the articles with criticism towards Gwyneth Paltrow leave out the part of the interview where, and it is clearly in quotes, where she says "...I feel like I set it up in a way that makes it difficult because.." She takes some responsibility for her decisions and how it makes her feel. Also the E-Online Article is talking about how her FILM CAREER is trickier because of kids. Not how PARENTING is trickier because of her career. I also read the next paragraph as Miss Paltrow being  someone who…
  • Inspiration on Mearns Rd.

    WILLIAM
    12 Mar 2014 | 10:52 am
    I drive about 6.4 miles to and from work every day. I have a pretty good commute. Actually I have an excellent commute. 10 to 12 minutes in the morning and 20-25 minutes in the afternoon/early evening. I feel lucky to have such an awesome commute.Recently my commute has been somewhat of a let down. As a person of somewhat stretched faith, I am always looking towards other people to be the beacon of hope, the "restored faith in humanity" type of people. Over and over again, as I look at the people on my journey home, I am not seeing the inspiration I once cherished. I see "horn…
  • Ordinary People Change the World

    WILLIAM
    7 Jan 2014 | 7:00 am
    I love writers. I used to write about them all the time. I really enjoy meeting them and listening them tell stories about them writing stories.  I have met EricWight creator of Frankie Pickle, blogger and cook book author Ree Drummond, young adult author and friend Eve Marie Mont, blogger and extremely funny Jenny Lawson,  the NY Times best selling author Lisa Scottoline and my favorite all time writer Brad Meltzer.   Click Here for all of the numerous posts.Brad Meltzer has recently released a few new books. The first, released last month, is the TV show…
  • Gunner

    WILLIAM
    8 Aug 2013 | 4:41 am
    I am fairly certain that my father's favorite sport was basketball. My dad, at some point, had a telephone pole with a backboard and rim attached, installed into our driveway. This was a permanent fixture, not just a "hoop". Seriously, it was a telephone pole, driven deep into our driveway. I can remember a few games of one-on-one with my dad where the winner got to use the car that night. My dad was a very good basketball player. His nickname was "Gunner" because he loved to shoot. I, on the other hand, was called "Grape Ape" on the court, with my long arms and clumsy behavior resulting…
  • Rainbow Connection

    WILLIAM
    9 May 2013 | 5:06 am
     This picture taken in August 2008. Lauren was pregnant with Jackson, Wyatt was just a toddler, Max was waist high.  This picture was taken June 2011. Jackson a toddler, Wyatt waist high, Maxfield getting big.  This picture was taken last night. No toddlers. Everyone taller than waist high.  My pot of gold is getting bigger. Life is good.
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  • holy hail!

    snowdeal
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:46 pm
    we drove back from madison and just missed what looked like an impressive hailstorm about 10 miles from home. “phew!” we thought, only to discover we arrived just before quarter sized hail was to start falling in viroqua. and fall it did! it’s hard to tell because it’s dark out but i think damage was minimal to cars on the street, but i’m glad we got the car in the garage!
  • day 3558: two birds in the hand…

    snowdeal
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    …are worth four in the bush?
  • day 3558: and yet still more hockey.

    snowdeal
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:55 pm
    the regular season of hockey ended and ouru local arena is in the process of taking down the ice but the fun never ends for us! while we’re not doing The Neverending Hockey Season again this year, odin is going to a seven week bluedevils AAA hockey development camp, so we get to drive an hour twice a week and stand in a freezing arena watching him run drills. yay! i jest. he never ceases to impress me with his self-motivated desire to keep improving his game. we’d have been just as happy if he decided to take it easy after the regular season, but pushing the limits of his…
  • day 3557: attempting to teach frida to not eat The New Girls.

    snowdeal
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:27 pm
    after we sent the last flock to a nice amish family we thought we’d get some new chickens soon but then frida came into our lives and we decided a new puppy and new chickens was a bit too much to take on at the same time. so we decided to wait until spring had sprung knowing the down side of waiting until frida was older was it would be that much more difficult to teach her the chicks were not actually food, despite what all of her instincts were telling her. the local tractor supply store had some chicks for sale this weekend and we thought it was as good a time as any to pick up a few…
  • frida celebrated st. patrick’s day at doggie day care.

    snowdeal
    17 Mar 2014 | 6:31 pm
    friday looooooooooves seeing all her buddies when she goes to doggie day care. i can’t quite tell how much she loves the st. patrick’s day outfit.
 
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  • Literary Giants

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    Hello all. Most of my blogging energy has been absorbed by another project for quite some time now. Otherwise things are pretty much the same here.  I've really been enjoying the liberation that comes from never worrying about what the next blog post needs to be about and just making dozens of things that I haven't shared here. But if there are folks out there still interested, I may pop in from
  • 2013 Sweet Juniper Holiday Card by Phoebe Wahl

    24 Dec 2013 | 8:23 am
    This year we had the pleasure of working with the talented Phoebe Wahl [portfolio, blog, tumblr, etsy] who created this custom family portrait for our annual holiday card. We've been fans of her work for a long time and we were thrilled when she agreed to do a painting for us. Her illustrations capture so much of the magic to be found in family, the outdoors, and the doing of simple things. She
  • Up North: Seen (summer & winter)

    12 Dec 2013 | 9:41 am
    1. Like most Michiganders we try to go up north every year and this past summer we rented a little farmhouse in one of the nicest corners of the state and we liked it so much we rented it again for the Thanksgiving weekend and headed up into the snow for an early and cozy little glimpse of the winter to come. It was a treat to see all the heavily-touristed areas more subdued. We walked (and
  • Halloween 2013: Anubis and King Tut

    1 Nov 2013 | 9:31 am
    The kids decided to go with an ancient Egyptian theme this year. I loved the idea of taking a Halloween classic like a mummy costume and adding a bit of craftsmanship and educational quality to it (while keeping it super creepy, of course). After they made their choice in September we started reading all the books we could find about mummies and we reread old books I loved as a kid like The
  • Attention West Michigan Folks

    4 Oct 2013 | 10:20 am
    I always feel awkward promoting stuff, but here goes: I will be giving a talk at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts next Wednesday (October 9, 2013) at 7:00 p.m. to launch the Kalamazoo Art League's 59th lecture season. I'm excited and honored to have the opportunity to do something like this in my beautiful hometown and would love to meet anyone who's interested in coming down there to hear it.
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  • Are We Skiing Yet?

    Bruce Sallan
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    I made a terrible mistake. I went skiing on a powder day at Alta with two young guys...WHAT was I thinking?
  • #READING at #DadChat with The Professor

    Bruce Sallan
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Do you read? I mean read a book? Or anything longer than 140 characters? Do you finish the books you start? Do you listen to books? How about your kids? Do they read other than school-work? We are going to talk reading with Professor Kenna Griffin this Thursday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET. When I was a kid, I kept a list of favorite authors in my wallet. I'd go to our local library and scour the shelves for Hardy Boys books and others on my list. Seems such a quaint notion but I was LOST in the world of my heros in my books. I devoured them. Following is the note/email that…
  • I Feel Old, Part One

    Bruce Sallan
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    Yes, we’ve all heard the phrase “you’re only as old as you feel.” And, I tend to agree with it. I am living life to the fullest in my memory. Nonetheless, there are things that make me “feel” old, emotionally. There are so many contemporary examples that I feel compelled to make a list. Heck, we all like lists. And, as it’s turned out, I can’t even complete the list in one column! Some of the things that make me feel old are simply advances in technology, changing cultural trends, and often I don’t really care. But, when I completely don’t get something that is extremely…
  • 360 Degree View (of our new home)

    Bruce Sallan
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    We are moving to Park City, Utah in the summer of 2015. Here's a 360 degree view of our lot with the foundation just being poured, and the incredible views up at the Promontory development. Can't wait. Come and visit!
  • Dad Meditates

    Bruce Sallan
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:47 pm
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  • I didn't need a Pebble, just like I didn't need a cell phone

    Jim Lin
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    Remember when cell phones first came out and you were like "I'll only use this in an emergency, so it'll go in the glove compartment." You know you said that. When smartphones first came out, you also said "who needs email so bad that you have to check it on your phone, Mr. I'm-So-Important." That's just the way things go. When scary new technology comes out, our reaction is to say we've lived this long without it, so it's probably not necessary. Then we pop a Starbucks K-cup in our Keurig and binge watch House of Cards on Netflix.A few months ago, Fury asked me for a Pebble for his upcoming…
  • On Standing Ovations and Hairstyling

    Jim Lin
    2 Mar 2014 | 4:13 pm
    If you want to be at the center of controversy these days, here how you do it: become a dad, have a daughter, style her hair, then sit back and watch the fireworks. You might get hearty applause because you're bustin' stereotypes and representing the new generation of involved dads. On the other hand, you could get internet rocks thrown at you because why should you get credit for something that moms do thanklessly each and every day? If you don't know what I'm talking about, here's one story. And here's the other. Idiotic racist comments from the first story aside, I understand the…
  • Propaganda! Is! Revolutionary! And! Effective!

    Jim Lin
    23 Feb 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Welcome to the new epoch of The Busy Dad Blog! I would like to avail myself of this auspicious occasion to provide a state of our union to you, the people's voice of parenting. There is a new look and feel to the site. Some may call it a rebranding. I would call it a reinvigorated purpose. A new glorious pathway. One that required diligent effort and much Photoshop. Please give Ashley Mattocks your credit (which she can exchange for chocolate and VCRs) for her dedicated guidance.You may have also noticed a new central committee. This consists of my new Minister of the Interior, Exterior…
  • You might be suffering from this fake disease, so watch my fake ad

    Jim Lin
    27 Jan 2014 | 6:47 am
    Cell Displacia is no laughing matter. In fact, with 80 million victims each year in the US alone, you or someone you love may be suffering from it right now. So consider the ad below more of a PSA than an advertisement. Actually, the FTC requires that you consider it sponsored content for Asurion (the folks who have found a way to alleviate the symptoms of Cell Displacia by replacing your mobile device) . May I suggest that you just consider it another opportunity for me to do things like juggle flaming cell phones, wear duct tape underwear, jump off cars on a skateboard and generally put…
  • How to make fried rice without messing it up

    Jim Lin
    21 Jan 2014 | 6:42 am
    I rarely send you elsewhere. However, since I rarely write now, due to my life being even busier than when I first coined my blog name, I'm going to send you to the place that made me this way. I'm in no way bitter about it, however. Ketchum PR has made me happier than I have ever been. I've found a job that lets me be me (and, bonus, they like that!), challenges my skills, and lets me have fun. They also push a drink cart through the corridor every once in a while. Ketchum, you get me. They also just launched a food blog. There's a lot of us at Ketchum who love food, so it was only a matter…
 
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  • Veterans, Caregivers Learn to Be Healing to Each Other in Innovative Warrior to Soul Mate Programs

    Rob Henthorn
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Nearly 5.5 million Americans are caring for service members and Veterans, many of whom are impacted by post traumatic stress. The VA is expanding innovative efforts to help Veterans and their loved ones learn to be healing to each other through the Warrior to Soul Mate program.
  • $100 Million Reveals Who Can Save Your Marriage

    Seth Eisenberg
    12 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    The person who will save your marriage is closer than you may have realized. The most significant study ever conducted on marriage and relationship education, at an estimated cost of $100 million, reveals who can save our marriages and who can't.
  • Landmark study finds skills training improves marriage happiness, but doesn’t reduce divorce

    Rob Henthorn
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    A landmark national study of 9,363 low-income, married men and women in eight American cities found many of those who participated in 30 hours of skills training classes were more likely to have boosts in relationship happiness and marital stability sustained 30 months later.
  • Conscious Uncoupling, Conscious Coupling

    Seth Eisenberg
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have started a national conversation about the idea of conscious uncoupling. Is the phrase an oxymoron or an important recognition of the price couples and their children pay for marriages that too often end bitterly in courtrooms and law offices?
  • Dareen and Ilana: Living Peace and Reconciliation

    Fatherhood Channel
    21 Jan 2014 | 5:40 am
    A chance encounter on a cold, winter night led a young Muslim and Jewish girl to become best friends for life and inspired a new approach to reconciliation and peace.
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  • J.G. Ballard For Kids Happened, And Should Happen Again

    greg
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:41 am
    Techno-dystopian bears aren't just for Kubrick anymore. As this cartoon from Tom Gauld's 2013 book, You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack shows. I would totally kickstart a collection of J.G. Ballard-inspired Adventures of Ballard The Bear, though. I bet Ballard the Bear grows up amidst the privations of a Japanese prison camp in Shanghai would make a great movie. Spielberg's attached to direct. Before you put Ballard on the shelf next to Cormac McCarthy's A Child's Golden Treasury of Tales from The Road, know that J.G. Ballard actually did write for kids, at least twice. From Ballardian's…
  • Peter Pearce Curved Space Diamond Structure, aka The Hakone Soap Bubble Castle

    greg
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    A couple of months of Throwback Thursdays ago Johnson Trading Gallery posted these photos to their Instagram. It's a wacked out biomorphic geodesic Habitrail of a jungle gym playground pod whatzit structure they bought on eBay. [And apparently flipped at Wright a few months later for $15,000. Nice hustle.] The Curved Space Diamond Structure was designed by Peter Pearce, a systems-minded architect/engineer who ran with the idea of building a world full of nature-inspired kit-of-parts-based architecture. The Curved Space Diamond Structures, based on a diamond molecule, turned up at smarter…
  • 'We Are Mint In Box': The A.I. Super Toy Teddy

    greg
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    I was kind of into it at the time, but Stanley Kubrick & Steven Spielberg's A.I. is one of those movies I just can't watch since becoming a parent. [Also on that list: Marc Forster's dystopian suburban stillbirth saga, Everything Put Together; and Stephen Gaghan's electrified terror mosaic, Syriana.] Noel Murray's disturbing and compelling look back at A.I. and the single, creepy licensed product it produced, the Super Toy Teddy talking bear, captures the gutwrench perfectly. It also makes me want to give the film another try:I bought Super Toy Teddy as a joke, because A.I.--and the Teddy…
  • And 140 Kids Were Named Betsy

    greg
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Vox is breaking some news here that more people named their kid Khaleesi after a Game of Thrones character in 2012 than named their kid Betsy. But I guess I'm surprised that at least 140 people name their kids Betsy instead of Elizabeth, and call her Betsy. In fact, I'd suggest that there are probably enough off-the-book Betsys out there to wipe out an entire weddingful of Khaleesis. I really have no idea what GoT nonsense I'm talking about. Except doesn't it follow the Name Your Kid After Your Favorite Fictional Character trend? Game of Thrones Has Changed The Way We Name Babies [vox]
  • Never A Dull Moment In Berkeley

    greg
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:56 pm
    photo: aya brackett for remodelista "The cast iron enameled corner sink is original." "The gilded body cast on the wall is of Ayelet during one of her pregnancies." [remodelista via @hawthorneLAT]
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  • Review and Giveaway: Alberto VO5 Men’s 3-in-1

    Ken
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I received the new Alberto VO5 Men’s 3-in-1 products for review and giveaway on my dad blog. As the name suggests, the new line is a three in one product that combines shampoo, conditioner and body wash in one bottle. I tried it, and I have to admit it’s a little strange to use a shampoo to wash my body. But after I got use to it, I think it’s a great idea for saving space. Why have three bottles in your shower, when you only need one? Read more: Review and Giveaway: Alberto VO5 Men’s 3-in-1 Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy©…
  • Amazing Spider-man 2 Sweepstake

    Ken
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    My son and I are looking forward to seeing The Amazing Spider-man 2 (Sony Pictures). It looks like the movie is packed with OsCorp villains. The film will open in theaters on May 2nd. To kick things off, I’m giving a prize pack to two lucky readers of my dad blog. The prize pack consists of a Spider-man t-shirt, mask and poster. Sorry the sweepstake is limited to Washington and Oregon only. Read more: Amazing Spider-man 2 Sweepstake Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2014 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy Forever is a trademark of Online Destiny…
  • Five Things About The Nut Job

    Ken
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    The kids and I watched The Nut Job over the weekend. The animated movie is about a squirrel who only thinks about himself. He accidentally blows up the winter’s food supply at a park, and is then exiled by the other animals. This is one of those movies that will appeal mainly with kids. For parents, I suggest sticking around for the end credits. There is a fun scene at the end that will entertain adults and children. The Nut Job (Universal Studios Home Entertainment) is available now in Digital HD. It will be available on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow (April 15th). Continue reading to learn…
  • Fargo, Hungry Caterpillar and Garage Door Care Giveaways Winners

    Ken
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
    Good morning, dads and moms. It’s going to be dry this weekend, so I get to work on the backyard. That’s not how I want to spend my weekend. Before I get started on my yard work, I have three winner announcements. But first, here are the current sweepstakes running on my blogs. Nut Job Giveaway (dad blog, ends 4/16) Pound Puppies Giveaway (dad blog, ends 4/17) Walter Mitty Sweepstake (movie blog, ends 4/18) Read more: Fargo, Hungry Caterpillar and Garage Door Care Giveaways Winners Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2014 Online Destiny…
  • Six Things About Rio 2

    Ken
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The kids and I saw Rio 2 last weekend. We enjoyed the film, and I really like the tunes in the movie. They had a great beat. In this sequel, Blu and Jewel head into the jungle to look for other blue macaws. Jewell grew up in the forest, so she’s quite at home in the wild. Blu, on the other hand, grew up in a house so he’s like a city boy in the jungle. For instance, Blu insists on wearing a fanny pack and navigating via gps. Funny bird. Rio 2 (20th Century Fox) opens in theaters today. Continue reading to learn six things about Rio 2. Read more: Six Things About Rio 2 Daddy…
 
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  • Will's Second Baseball Game

    4 Apr 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Will had his second baseball game of the year which finished up the boys' two game stint in Coweta. Will played shortstop, here, along with second base and left-center field. Will had a good solid hit but it was to the right side of the field. The other team was just able to throw Will out at first in a close one that briefly pulled the first baseman off the bag. Fielding a ground ball at second base. A long one was hit right between two of our outfielders and Will was the first to chase it down. My camera takes 6 frames a second and Will had the ball in his hand for 8 frames which equates to…
  • Will's First Baseball Game of the Season

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Will had his first baseball game of the season this evening. He started out in center field with the low evening sun shining in his face. He's still using his daddy's little league glove from the mid-1970s. It is all coach-pitch this season. Will got a hit on his first at bat. He's about to wallop this ball. Casually standing on first base after a good solid hit. We really like the team's uniforms this year. The next batter up hit a long one allowing Will to go from first to third. Crossing home plate! The next inning Will got to take a turn behind the plate. On Will's next at bat, he hit the…
  • Soccer Equipment

    8 Mar 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Drew has chosen to play soccer this spring instead of baseball. His decision required a purchase of some new soccer equipment. I must admit, it was a lot cheaper than new baseball equipment.
  • Oklahoma Snow Forts

    4 Mar 2014 | 9:39 pm
    The boys were enjoying their second day off from school this week and it was finally starting to warm up enough for the snow to stick together, so outside they all went to build! Unfortunately, there was only so much snow to work with. Will had the groundwork all set for a great fort but ran out of raw material. Drew and Landon put all their efforts into a single defensive wall. Making a snow fort is tough in Oklahoma. We're going to have to take the boys up to Illinois some winter for a chance to make a real fort!
  • Cord Blood Registry

    21 Feb 2014 | 9:38 pm
    "I participated in a campaign on behalf of Dad Central for the Cord Blood Registry. I received promotional item to thank me for my participation." I was asked to participate in an "awareness campaign for the Cord Blood Registry." While I have absolutely no medical background, had never heard of the Cord Blood Registry and had only a very limited knowledge about cord blood, I am a professional researcher and was willing to get up to speed on this interesting topic, so I volunteered for the campaign. While the Cord Blood Registry sounds very official, maybe even government sponsored, it is a…
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  • Your Young Scientist Could Win $25,000 from Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

    Michael Sheehan
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:11 am
    If your middle-schooler has an aptitude for science, you might want to consider having them enter the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Not only do they get the opportunity to dive deeper into scientific concepts that they may be interested in, they also have a chance of winning the $25,000 grand prize and claim the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.” If you or you child or student are thinking about entering the Challenge, you better do so soon. The deadline to enter is April 22, 2014. About the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge The…
  • Want to Dump your Smartphone Bill? Review of Scratch Wireless for Free Voice and Data Services

    Michael Sheehan
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many people have smartphones and even more have cellular phones, but most of us are locked into lengthy contracts in order to get data and voice services. A relatively new company launched in October of 2013, Scratch Wireless aims to provide smartphone services to those who don’t want contracts, but who also want to minimize the amount they pay, ad hoc, for voice and data. In fact, you could potentially never have a mobile bill, even for text and voice. Scratch Wireless’s business proposition is simple, you buy a particular, pre-configured smartphone from them, sign up for an…
  • I’m Writing Tech News for You to Steal

    Michael Sheehan
    20 Jan 2014 | 10:40 am
    Yes, you read the title correctly, I am writing tech news articles for you to take, use and put your own name on, and photos and videos as well. Long live plagiarism! While everything that I have said is true, I do think it is important for me to clarify things a bit. The stuff that you are reading here, on HighTechDad.com is not what I’m telling you to steal. Instead, it is on another site, Intel Free Press. I recently started a new job at Intel, as a Staff Writer for Intel Free Press and Social Media Strategist for Intel. And, since all of my friends and family have been asking me…
  • iGear Unlimited Flip Turn Case & Keyboard: Make your iPad Mini a Mini Computer

    Michael Sheehan
    31 Dec 2013 | 8:37 am
    I always recommend getting a case for your tablet or smartphone. It’s important to protect your investment. Sometimes, however, a case can go beyond  providing simple protection, it can give utility as well. The iGear Unlimited has a very useful protective case that actually has multiple functions, starting with a Bluetooth keyboard. The iGear Unlimited Flip Turn Case is designed to hold an iPad Mini or Mini 2 with Retina. You simply snap the iPad mini into the top case which holds it firmly in place. I’m very particular to keyboards. In the past, I reviewed some that had only…
  • Fantastic Fitbit Force is a Healthy Upgrade to the Flex

    Michael Sheehan
    23 Dec 2013 | 11:54 am
    There is quite a rage going on now around wearable computers and devices, and Fitbit has been leading the charge of producing gadgets you wear that track your activity. A year ago, I was introduced to the Fitbit Flex, which is a rechargeable wristband that measured movements and activity as well as a whole lot more. I wore it almost every day for a year, and even slept and showered with it (yes it is water-proof). And then, I got my hands on the Fitbit Force, the Flex’s big brother. Actually, that is probably the wrong equivalency to use because the Force is newer and has some pretty…
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  • Why is My Boy’s Hair Red?

    4 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    You’ll have to read my newspaper column, “Color them red for Little League success,” to find out. + + + Don’t be selfish – share this on social media. The writer needs to prove to his wife what he's up to all day at home. Cheers!
  • Warming Up for Opening Day

    31 Mar 2014 | 6:39 am
    The clickity-tickity-tick of thousands of needles fighting unsuccessfully to stab through the shingled roof over my head woke me around six this morning. Half-blinded by unfulfilled REMs while blinded the rest of the way by the  nearsightedness I’ve been cursed with since childhood, I groped the nightstand for my glasses before stretching over to reach the window shade. Even in my bleariness, I clearly recognize winter’s last big ”eff you.” View from my living room 7 a.m. CONTINUE READING » + + + Don’t be selfish – share this on social media. The writer needs to prove to his…
  • #BanBossy a Misguided Publicity Stunt

    25 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Sheryl Sandberg may be a brilliant technology executive, but she's no Noah Webster. The chief operating officer of Facebook a year ago gave us her "sort of feminist manifesto" for women to succeed in business: Don't worry about being liked, don't give in too soon, work hard, and assert yourself. She padded that out to 240 pages, charged $24.95 a pop and called it "Lean In," a rallying cry that instead lent itself to jokes about shattering glass ceilings with low-cut blouses. CONTINUE READING » + + + Don’t be selfish – share this on social media. The writer…
  • Tiny Food, Big Prices – The Omnivore’s Nightmare

    11 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    You should expect many things if you plan to spend four hours and $250 a person on a dinner billed as a "farmer's feast." One of them isn't a post-meal craving for pizza. Yet I was jonesing for a slice. Or five. So was my wife, and she had splurged an extra $150 on wine pairings. Objects may appear larger in photo than on your plate.These may or  may not be sitting a on a toothpick. CONTINUE READING » + + + Don’t be selfish – share this on social media. The writer needs to prove to his wife what he's up to all day at home. Cheers!
  • This Rare Disease Day and My Daughter

    28 Feb 2014 | 8:21 am
    The doctor, to my surprise, almost immediately said we could reduce my daughter’s med doses in the morning and the evening. “She looks great,” she said Monday. These words periodically come from the lips of L’il Diva’s specialist, but almost always with a condition or clarification later. This time would be no different. CONTINUE READING » + + + Don’t be selfish – share this on social media. The writer needs to prove to his wife what he's up to all day at home. Cheers!
 
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    Fighting Monsters with Rubber Swords

  • The Things We Know

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:The challenging aspects of being the parent of a special needs kid aren’t always the things you don’t know, although believe me when I say those are bad ones, like "stay up late and start drinking early" bad ones. Sometimes a greater source of parental frustration comes from truly knowing your child, in a way that is simply impossible for a doctor or a teacher or even a family member, and having to work tirelessly to be taken seriously.
  • The Exquisite Joy of Nothing

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    This week at Support for Special Needs:This week, we didn’t struggle to understand her, we didn’t have to manage seizures, and there were no bullies to deal with. The Internet wasn’t buzzing with an unusual amount of outrage, and despair felt far away. It was a week where nothing of particular note occurred in relation to Schuyler’s disability. For families of kids with special needs, this can be a rare treat. A week without an easy blog topic is itself worthy of note.
  • The Long-Abandoned Path

    31 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Returning to New England has given me the opportunity to think back on the last 10 years, and to reconsider all the choices that we’ve made, and the paths that we have chosen. That is a foolish endeavor, I know. But just lately, as we prepare for Schuyler to enter high school next year, we are more aware now than ever that the paths we walked down with her did not necessarily lead to unqualified success. It’s hard not to wonder if we could’ve done better for her, which is of course the question that occupies far too much of my mind as it is.
  • Archipelago

    25 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:We're already on islands, many of us, but not in a vacation wonderland kind of a way. Our islands aren't floating in a remote blue tropical sea. They exist in plain sight, in the middle of your towns and workplaces and schools. Most of our territories are invisible; you can barely see the fences unless you look closely. And most people don't look that closely.
  • Twenty-four years ago today

    24 Mar 2014 | 12:52 pm
    It's still complicated.
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    Velcrometer

  • The Amazing Race: "Can't Make Fish Bite"

    M. Giant
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:01 am
    The Amazing Race: "Can't Make Fish Bite" So what have you been up to? As you may have heard, I used to do some writing at a website that's closing down shortly. When I got the news, I was nearly done with the recap for this week's The Amazing Race. So I figured I might as well finish it. And here it is. To quote my esteemed predecessor Linda Holmes, BOMP. As usual, we're starting off with some shots of the local skyline, which somehow seems like it should be instantly recognizable. Strangely, though, I can't quite seem to place it…oh, right, there are the Petronas Towers. I remember where…
  • We Could Be Brothers

    M. Giant
    13 Jul 2013 | 2:16 pm
    We Could Be Brothers So I'll start by telling you what happened and then I'll tell you what I hope you'll do about it. A couple of years ago, our basement flooded. It's not as bad as it sounds; only an inch of water or so, and it didn't even cover the whole basement, and we don't generally keep water-soluble items on the bare floor down there anyway, as a lingering result of some long-since-resolved drainage problems. But it did force me to clean out the space under the stairs, which is really the only tiny pocket of hoarder-ism in our entire house. I found some things I had no idea were in…
  • M. Ovie Reviews: Monsters University

    M. Giant
    9 Jul 2013 | 1:17 pm
    M. Ovie Reviews: Monsters UniversityWhen James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) shows up at Monsters University, everyone assumes he's destined for greatness because of who he is. He's almost literally the proverbial 300-pound gorilla with the famous name who apparently doesn't even have to try hard to get great results, even as he's surrounded by lesser creatures who are doomed to failure despite working their asses off.Kind of sounds like Pixar, doesn’t he?Let's face it, the institutional genius that created Wall-E and Finding Nemo is kind of coasting when its 2013 slate consists of not one but…
  • M. Ovie Reviews: Man of Steel

    M. Giant
    8 Jul 2013 | 11:47 am
    M. Ovie Reviews: Man of SteelSome people were nervous about Zack Snyder directing the new Superman movie. I suppose the question was which Zack Snyder it would be: the Zack Snyder who directed 300, a somewhat controversial but generally successful stylistic experiment? Or the one who directed Watchmen, another superhero epic but one that slavishly recreated dozens of panels from the graphic novel in the process of getting almost everything else wrong? Personally, I was holding out for the Zack Snyder who directed Dawn of the Dead, my favorite modern zombie movie (yes, even in a world where 28…
  • M. Ovie Reviews: Epic and The Purge

    M. Giant
    14 Jun 2013 | 12:21 pm
    M. Ovie Reviews: Epic and The PurgeYou know, if you’re going to name your movie Epic, you’re kind of giving yourself a lot to live up to. But not as much as if you’re setting out to make a gender-neutral animated movie.Which there’s very little percentage in actually doing. Every kid you know will see every Toy Story and Ice Age and Madagascar movie that gets plunked down in front of him or her. And if the girls in the audience aren’t thrilled that Jessie and Ellie and Gloria are on the back burner, well, their parents’ money spends just as well. Meanwhile, there aren’t that…
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    GoFatherhood®

  • Smooth Sailing While on Vacation…

    Dave Taylor
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    I don’t know whether to chalk this up to me being a good, attentive parent or my kids learning how to deal with me and how to train me to meet their needs and interests, but we’re on vacation in California for a late spring break and it’s going remarkably well, sufficiently well that my 17yo turned around this evening (our first full day) and surprised me by saying that “this is totally fun so far!” To be fair, I’ve done a lot of legwork lining things up so we have things to do, including Seaworld, the San Diego Zoo, WonderCon, a pirate-themed dinner…
  • Brent, we can’t all be enlightened all of the time…

    Dave Taylor
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    Fellow stay-at-home Dad Brent Brookhouse over at The Good Men Project site shared his upset over a Facebook at-home dad community and how it’s left him with a perception that SAHD’s are chauvinistic pigs and need to aim for a higher level of consciousness. Your best place to start is to go read what he wrote: What led me to abandon my stay-at-home dad community, sloppy and overgeneralized quotes like “a group of fathers who railed against the stereotyping of men, while marginalizing and harassing women” and all. Part of me wanted to just dismiss what he says with a…
  • Got a Young Scientist In the House?

    D. Taylor
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    I was nerdy as a kid — no surprise there — but had no idea that there was a bigger picture than my family and my school. Still, I never entered the local science fair (if there even was one, I don’t recall ever hearing about it even though I was in the honors program for junior high and high school) and kinda wish one of my kids was growing up to be a science nerd. But it’s not to be, which is a drag because it turns out that more than just science fairs, there are some amazing events and competitions children can enter nowadays. One of the premier events in this space…
  • Daniel Murphy taps into his paternity leave. So what?

    Dave Taylor
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Today’s viral noise is brought to you by two chowderheaded sports commentators out of New York, Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason, who on their WFAN radio program accused Mets baseball player Daniel Murphy of having incorrect priorities when he used the paternity leave option to take a few days off from the team to be present for the birth and first few days of his new baby. When I heard about this story I just shrugged. Murphy has a right to make the decision he wants and it sure seems to me that he made the right decision. And radio DJs? Like that really annoying kid in school who…
  • When Woks Get Rusty…

    Dave Taylor
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    I’ve had my steel wok for years and years, and it’s seen a lot of service. When I bought it at Cost Plus (I think, it was a long time ago) I dutifully “seasoned” it with oil and then for the first few years I’d wipe it clean but not scrub it with soap and water, since that’s what I’ve always read is the recommended way to manage the wok and avoid rust. But time passes, meals are cooked and it started to get grungy. Yeah, that’s the technical term. So I started scrubbing it after all, though sometimes I’d still just wipe it out post-stir…
 
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  • Remembering Your Messes: Win at the #Ickies

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:44 pm
    You see that picture? It's one of my favorite all-time photos of my two oldest boys when they were younger, and I have it displayed right above where I hang up the car keys. That way I see it at least twice a day--when I leave for work and when I come home. Every time I give it a good look it makes me chuckle.There's something in their mud-splattered expressions that conveys both a contented joy and an earnest pride in the muck-filled hole they've dug into the yard. And there's a bit of wonderment too as if they didn't know they could create such a thing, and now they want to see how far they…
  • I Join #FrozenChefMadness with Chicken and Waffle Buzzer Beater Bites

    9 Mar 2014 | 4:32 pm
    It’s March and that of course marks two monumental events: March Madness and Frozen Food Month. I mean, honestly, how great of a combination is that—non-stop college basketball and some tasty vittles. That’s what the team of guys at Life of Dad thought when they put together the #FrozenChefMadnessChallenge in which participants can vie for an $800 prize by submitting their snackable recipe using three or more ingredients from among a list of approved Easy Home Meals Products. (And by the way, the #FrozenChefMadness Challenge is open to all who are eligible in case you‘d like to get…
  • Back Pain, Flying Children, and the Extent of My Wife's Love

    15 Jan 2014 | 6:39 am
    If the last seven years has taught me anything it’s that I peaked in life seven years ago. I mean this, of course, physically; otherwise, the sky’s the limit. As a twenty-something I remember feeling virtually indestructible as the Army honed my body into a lean, mean, fighting machine. After leaving the Army in my early thirties I’ll admit to getting a bit lazy which led to putting on some pounds, but even then, it was nothing a little time at the gym didn’t solve, and soon I was in tip-top shape again. At this point in life I figured that I’d forever remain a trim 185, that my…
  • Breaking Dad: Say My Name

    6 Dec 2013 | 5:00 am
    First allow me to apologize for the “Breaking Dad” portion of my title. I realize it’s a bit cliché, and thousands of dad bloggers and journalists have probably already worn it out. Hopefully, though, by the end of this you’ll agree it still applies. By admission I was a latecomer to the television phenomena that was Breaking Bad. I resisted the hoopla for as long as I could, but left with nothing substantial to entertain us, my wife and I binged our way through all five seasons in a matter of a few weeks.Naturally, as a father and husband I was drawn to the show’s premise: A…
  • If You Give a Mouse CPR

    13 Nov 2013 | 1:09 pm
    Most people know I’m not a cat person, and yet, despite this we have a cat. The reason for this is simple: Our house was being overrun by mice last winter, and conventional methods such as traps and poisons failed to stem the tide. A cat, therefore, seemed like the only other cost-effective option. After a brief search through Craigslist my wife found a suitable feline candidate that was even advertised as being a good “mouser.” In short order our mouse problem was no more, even though I only ever saw the cat catch one of the furry little bastards. My guess is that our cat’s mere…
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    Mocha Dad

  • Podcast: The Ethical Considerations of Parent Bloggers

    Frederick J. Goodall
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    I’ve been blogging at Mocha Dad for nearly 7 years. During that time I’ve chronicled my experience as a dad and shared stories about my family. Writing about my life has helped me to connect with other parents and build a community of bloggers who support one another. My blog has also drawn interest from companies that want me to promote their products. Deciding what to share, which companies to endorse, and how much of my life should remain private are issues I have to deal with regularly. I talked about the ethical considerations of parent bloggers on Houston Matters along with…
  • Should Teachers Be Friends With Their Students on Social Media?

    Frederick J. Goodall
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:16 pm
    A 79 year-old teacher in New Hampshire was recently fired because she refused to unfriend students on Facebook. The teacher was friends with about 250 current students on her Facebook page, a violation of a district policy preventing teachers from connecting with students via social media. Superintendent Dr. Middleton McGoodwin said that the the policy is in place to prevent any boundaries from being crossed. “Facebook is a wonderful communication tool among friends,” said McGoodwin via CBS Boston. “But teachers are not students’ friends.” I discussed this topic on Fox26Houston…
  • What Does it Mean to Be a Grown Up?

    Frederick J. Goodall
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A little over twelve years ago, I held my daughter in my arms for the first time. It was one of the happiest moments of my life. It was also one of the scariest. From that point on, I’d be responsible for raising another human being and guiding her through life. I was 31 at the time and I realized that had a lot of growing up to do, and fast. It’s not that I was immature. I was simply unprepared to be a father. When I was a child, I couldn’t wait to be an adult. My mother warned me not to be in such a hurry to grow up. I didn’t understand what she meant until I grew…
  • Why It’s Still Difficult for Men to Take Paternity Leave

    Frederick J. Goodall
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
    I’m not a major league baseball player, but I am a father. That’s why I celebrated New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy’s decision to take paternity leave and witness the birth of his first child. Other sports fans, however, were not as thrilled. Fans and sports-talk radio hosts blasted Murphy for missing the first two games of the year. Some of the harshest criticism came from WFAN Radio. “You’re a major league baseball player. You can hire a nurse,” said radio host, Mike Francesa. “What are you gonna do, sit there and look at your wife in…
  • Improving Dinner Time Conversations with Roses and Thorns

    Frederick J. Goodall
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    As much as it pains me to do it, I have to give my mother-in-law credit. She’s the one who suggested that my wife and I use “Roses and Thorns” to generate discussion around the dinner table. Because of her advice, our dinner conversation is more interesting and engaging. Now that I’ve thanked my mother-in-law (and you should thank yours too. Go ahead and do it. I’ll wait…), allow me to explain “Roses and Thorns.” The process is simple. Each family member takes turns sharing roses (good things) and thorns (bad things). The only rule is that the roses must outnumber the thorns…
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    The History of Daddy Claxton

  • Problems with #TheBlacklist-Lizzie’s Search of Jolene’s ‘Apartment’

    Donny Claxton
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:57 am
    Problems with The Blacklist-Lizzie’s Search of Jolene’s ‘Apartment’ Tom Clancy once paraphrased about four or five others when he said on Larry King, “The difference between reality and fiction? Fiction has to make sense.” After watching Monday night’s The Blacklist – Ivan twice now, I can come up with almost two dozen problems with Liz Keen and her search […] The post Problems with #TheBlacklist-Lizzie’s Search of Jolene’s ‘Apartment’ appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • The Mystery of MH370–Hoping For Deus Ex Machina

    Donny Claxton
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:38 am
    What’s the true lesson we can gather as humans over the loss of MH 370 out of Malaysia? While conspiracy theorists no doubt will continue to search for a happy ending, an ending that at least will make their own internal fears subside, the message to the rest of us is simple and one we […] The post The Mystery of MH370–Hoping For Deus Ex Machina appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • MH370 and the Diego Garcia Theory

    Donny Claxton
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:27 am
    MH370 and the Diego Garcia Theory I’m not much big on conspiracy theories, though admittedly, I still have trouble with the Magic Bullet JKF Theory, but I write today about my own self-discovery that seems to have a lot of smoke behind it–the involvement of the USAF Base Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean and […] The post MH370 and the Diego Garcia Theory appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • W. Cartwright in Mesquite–One of the most dangerous curves in North Texas

    Donny Claxton
    8 Mar 2014 | 5:56 am
    W. Cartwright in Mesquite –One of the most dangerous curves in North Texas I’ve been in the Stoneleigh Apartment complex in Mesquite/Balch Springs, Texas for almost four years now. Over that time, there have been multiple single-car accidents at the intersection exiting the complex and into the curve headed toward Belt Line Road. Most of […] The post W. Cartwright in Mesquite–One of the most dangerous curves in North Texas appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • Ukraine, Where is Jack Ryan When We Need Him?

    Donny Claxton
    5 Mar 2014 | 9:41 am
    Ukraine, Where is Jack Ryan When We Need Him?  With all the hubbub going on in the international news media about the events in Ukraine, I somehow have this feeling deep in my heart that somewhere in this world there’s a Jack Ryan type running around going “WAIT A MINUTE! YOU’VE GOT TO LISTEN TO […] The post Ukraine, Where is Jack Ryan When We Need Him? appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
 
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  • Happiest Place on Earth? Not Without a Science Fair

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:29 pm
    I'm a bit bummed readers.That's because I am currently on a business trip in Anaheim, CA, right across the street from Disneyland. Bummed? "Why would you be bummed" you may be asking, "Aren't you at the happiest place on earth?"  Well, sort of. I am actually across the street from the happiest place on earth. And I have to tell you, next door to the happiest place on earth, outside the wall not able to look in, doesn't equal happy. I actually visited Downtown Disney last night, which was still outside the park and just might qualify as the most crowded place on earth. Or perhaps the…
  • The Need For Speed! (Stick)

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:47 pm
    It's not often that an average guy gets a chance to realize a lifelong dream.  But that is exactly what happened to me recently, thanks to the fine folks at Speed Stick.It's true, as I was fortunate enough to be chosen by them to participate in the Speed Stick Gear Up Challenge.  The point of the challenge was to see how the new Speed Stick Gear would hold up while the user was participating in an extreme event.Initially, I was sent a pretty cool kit which included a GoPro camera that I could use to film some footage, a heart rate monitor and watch, and of course the Speed Stick…
  • Circuit Training for a 6 Year Old

    28 Mar 2014 | 9:55 pm
    "Guess what time it is?" I asked Lukas tonight."Is it on?" he asked in an excited response.  "Yep, it just started" I let him know.  "Let's see if we can find it!"And with that, I carefully carried the contraption, which Lukas had so carefully constructed the day before, to the kitchen island and let him turn it on.  It immediately crackled and let out a hiss of static through the tiny speaker. At first, I was a bit afraid that we might come across some weird, coded message, reminiscent of an episode of LOST.  After all, that had happened to us before. But, with some…
  • The Go Getter

    24 Mar 2014 | 1:37 pm
    "Can you go walk with her now?" Mrs. LIAYF asked, as she handed Annabelle to me.It was more of a 'You're it' than a request really.  I had already taken one turn walking with Annabelle, before giving her off to my lovely wife.  Now, it was apparently my turn once again.  And so, I put her down onto the restaurant floor, and like a shot she was off.  She had purpose to her gait, like she knew exactly where she was going.We turned to corner, and she paused only for a moment to push on the glass door that served as the entrance to the Fish and Chips joint, before she turned…
  • Pimp My Trike

    11 Mar 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Happy Tuesday Readers.  I don't do a lot of product reviews here, mainly because of time but also because of fit.  Daily, I'll get offers to review items which are too large, or too small, or too hot, or too cold, or too hard, or even too comfy, believe it or not. I won't take those offers.However, every once in a while I will receive an offer which is juuuuuuuust right.  And I can't pass it up.  The good folks at the Radio Flyer company made me such an offer recently.  They offered me the opportunity to try out their new Build a Trike service, to put together a…
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    Makes Me Wanna Holler.com - How To Be A Man, Dad And Husband In A World Gone Mad

  • How to Live At Peace (With Yourself)

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    I shared this on my Facebook page and figured it is worth sharing here as well. On March 11 of this year, my dad's oldest brother passed away and I journeyed back to my roots in the Midwest to see him off and to comfort my dad and cousins. This past Sunday afternoon I received news that one of my dad's sisters who was at the service passed away. A mere nineteen days separated their passings. Which makes four relatives gone in a seven month span of time. In between this both of my children were hospitalized one week apart from each other for a combined six days. On Christmas Eve, my son…
  • Ultimate Commuting: One Driver At a Time

    18 Mar 2014 | 6:04 am
    When it comes to conservation of resources I am the pioneer my house. I am Mr. Eco-Friendly. I am the head-recycler the head hyper-miler, and the head of "Who left the lights on?" "Why is this hot water running?" and so on.As recently as this past Christmas I was trying to bring the house down to one car household after my son was involved in a car accident that left my vehicle totaled and in pieces. I was mentally drooling over the amount of gas we could save and how much we would reduce pollution. My wife shot this idea down with good reason. We have separate commutes and separate lives…
  • Matthew McConaughey: Chasing After Your Future You

    6 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    If 2013 was the Year of Restoration, 2014 is going to be the Year of Reparation. But I'll only be seeking reparations from myself. I'm seeking to repair all that the younger versions of me have done to create the current life I'm navigating daily. I'm so serious about this that I've got people helping me, everyone from a therapist to accountability partners.A friend recently shared that he felt he was being punished for all his past mistakes. I heard him out, but I stopped him in his thinking and let him know although he may feel punished he is simply living out the consequences of his past…
  • Is Marriage Designed To Make You Happy?

    5 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Is the institution of marriage designed to make you happy? Interesting question, right? One writer immediately comes to mind as an expert on this subject. If you take a moment to scroll through your mental slideshow, you will see imagery of marriage associated with happiness, no different that Coca-Cola is. Problem is, most married folks would argue down those images of happiness as anything from marketing fluff to fairy tales.Happy marriages are populated by happy people. Framing it this way indicates that marriage is a construct within which two people operate/conduct their lives. So it is…
  • How To Be A Great Dad

    26 Feb 2014 | 9:00 am
    You don't have to trick yourself into believing you are super to be a good Dad. You don't even have to strive to be super, or perfect, or make sure all the i"s are dotted and "t"s crossed. All you have to do is love your kids, demonstrate love and kindness to them, teach them right from wrong and be there for them when they need you. Teach them about life before they leave home. Don't think "They'll figure it out," because they won't until they cross paths with persons or experiences outside your home, your guidance, your beliefs which may lead them down a long, rough road. This is an…
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    A Blogger and a Father

  • Working Dads, Stay at Home Dads, and Bus Stop Pajamas: Weekly Fatherhood Newsletter

    Oren Miller
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    This week's roundup includes stories about working dads, stay-at-home dads, a warning about the biggest threat facing America: bus-stop pajamas, and more. Please subscribe here to get these weekly newsletter posts in your email. Let me know if I've missed anything good, and I'll be sure to include it next week. Thanks for reading! Bus Stop Pajamas Evil is rising, and this time, it's
  • Being a Hiking Person

    Oren Miller
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    It’s funny how we all grow up with certain ideas about ourselves and about the world. These ideas often have no basis in reality, but we assume they’re real, because they’re convenient and simple. For example, I’m not a hiking person. Ask anyone--ask me, if you want, and I’ll tell you some people are hiking people, and some people, like me, are not. If you’re not a hiking person, and you tell
  • They Don't Make Music like They Used to (and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves Because We're Afraid of Becoming Irrelevant)

    Oren Miller
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:03 pm
    I have a 6-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, and they listen to whatever music I listen to, and they like it, most of the time. But I live in fear. We're not the only influences in the kids' lives, and the older they get, the larger the chance of them coming home from school one day, humming a new Katy Perry song. Or Bieber. Or whatever manufactured teen sensation of the day they're innocent
  • Fatherhood Newsletter: My Little Pony, Existentialism, and Drugs

    Oren Miller
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:21 am
    This week's roundup includes My Little Pony bullying, a toddler's existential crisis, a hunt for drugs in Vegas, a story about The Talk, and more. Please subscribe here to get these weekly newsletter posts in your email. Let me know if I've missed anything good, and I'll be sure to include it next week. Thanks for reading! Bullying After a kid was bullied by his classmates for wearing
  • 5 Things I Will NOT Transfer to My Kids

    Oren Miller
    23 Mar 2014 | 6:48 am
    I love soccer. As a kid, as soon as I got home from school and had something to eat, I ran downstairs, where all the neighborhood kids would gather, and we all played soccer until it got too dark to see the ball. I hope I transfer some of my love of soccer to my kids. I love music. I remember the 8-track I had as a companion when I was home sick with mumps. Yes, I'm that old. And I remember my
 
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  • Loophole Allows Companies to Declare Food Additives Safe without FDA Oversight

    Derek Markham
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Because of a loophole in a 1958 law that exempts from FDA approval ingredients in foods that are “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS), hundreds, and possibly thousands, of potentially unsafe food additives are included in common food products and sold without any FDA oversight. The Food Additives Amendment of 1958, which was intended to restore […] The post Loophole Allows Companies to Declare Food Additives Safe without FDA Oversight appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Free Garden Curriculum Guide from Organic Gardening Magazine

    Derek Markham
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:19 pm
    To help build a more sustainable future, which by definition must include a more sustainable agriculture system, it’s important to start teaching kids about the issues and the solutions at a young age. One of the solutions is getting more kids involved in the production of their own food, starting at home and at school, […] The post Free Garden Curriculum Guide from Organic Gardening Magazine appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Turn Conflict into Connection: Can Fights with Your Kids Be a Good Thing?

    Guest Author
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:54 am
    Everyone likes to win. I do. You do. Your children do, too. And you like it when your children win. Unless you are the adversary. Then you may be more than tempted to use all the tools you have to triumph over them. You have a louder voice, more sophisticated words, a bigger body, and […] The post Turn Conflict into Connection: Can Fights with Your Kids Be a Good Thing? appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • How to make a Zeer Pot refrigerator for offgrid food storage

    Derek Markham
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:29 pm
    If you’d like to learn how to make a low-tech food storage device that uses absolutely no electricity to keep food cool, these instructions for building a Zeer Pot (or pot-in-pot refrigerator) are a great place to start. Zeer Pot Refrigerator Keeps Food Fresh Without Electricity (via Insteading) So you’ve got your homegrown vegetables and […] The post How to make a Zeer Pot refrigerator for offgrid food storage appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Organic & hygienic ways to rid your home of pests

    Guest Author
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:25 am
    Nobody wants to share their home with insects and rodents. For many, spotting one of these pests in your home is enough to illicit a shriek and an uncomfortable feeling that there may be more. But it can be hard to come to terms with the idea of setting out traps to poison or snap […] The post Organic & hygienic ways to rid your home of pests appeared first on Natural Papa.
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  • Drawing The Parallels Between Dr. Seuss And Al Capone...

    3 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Remember the scene in the Untouchables when Al Capone (Robert De Niro) gathers together all of his hit men for a dinner party, pulls out a bat and proceeds to beat one of them to a bloody pulp?If you haven't seen the movie, long story short, two of Capone's men were plotting to kill him, Capone got wind of it and SPLAT!!!I don't necessarily condone violence as a way to settle disputes of any kind but in a situation like that one, it was a flat out case of kill or be killed.Capone isn't going to cry to the police and he certainly can't let these dudes just walk into some Italian bistro and…
  • The Meaning Of Hate Is...

    9 Jan 2014 | 6:58 am
    First of all, Happy New Year.Moving on...As an adult, I've been blessed with a full life. By full, I mean rich with experiences.The blessing part is made up of tons of micro experiences and emotions that we get from the learning part that comes with those experiences.Stay with me.We humans like to call this wisdom.Some are wiser than others. I'd like to think I'm somewhere in the middle.This wisdom we acquire enables us to make choices. Choices that are grounded in reason.What I'm trying to say is...MY KIDS DON'T KNOW SHIT! They don't know shit about anything because they don't yet…
  • Firsts, Seconds, Lasts...

    27 Nov 2013 | 6:58 am
    Today my little meatball turned seven.2555 sunrises.2555 morning stretches.2555 goodnight kisses.2555 days traveling a dirt road off the beaten path. A path on which, this year, we saw the greatest puppy ever known, chocolate chip pancakes and lazy Sundays anchored by nothing but bacon and feety pajamas. It seems as if every year is just another year closer to further away... from me.She walks.She talks.She loves.She hurts.She contributes.The meatball is my youngest daughter.A lot of firsts for her were seconds for me.I take less pictures. I shoot less video. I spend less time…
  • Alleged Handjobs and The Musings of a Racquetball King...

    15 Oct 2013 | 8:49 pm
    I was 12 when I had what was maybe the greatest 3 1/2 weeks of my life.That summer I attended sports camp at the Y. Not the YMCA that inspired the Village People but the Jewish Y that inspired my Nana. A.K.A. the "cheap camp".Man, that camp was a total shit hole but it was perfect.That first part of the summer I beat the snot out of a kid named Shep in a racquetball tournament.Shep sounds like a pussy name and racquetball sounds like a pussy sport but I swear to God it was a big fucking deal at the Y.Being 12 was simple but it was awkward.I distinctly remember that in the 80's the…
  • Plumb.

    24 Jul 2013 | 8:26 pm
    We neutered our dog Cody on Monday and I'm distraught.I really didn't think it was necessary.He doesn't exhibit any aggressive behaviour.He doesn't mark his territory in the house.I have yet to see him defile a human leg.I've seen him attempt to mount both male and female canines alike. He seems to have been born a free spirit.I do admit to catching him engaged in promiscuity with his pillow now and again but I went through the same phase in High School.With all that being said, we didn't opt to go with the full castration option but rather a fairly new, non surgical, non invasive…
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  • In this together (like it or not)

    DaddyCast
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:08 pm
    We aren’t fools.  We realize there will be many moments where we get the cold shoulder.  Where the boys are not into hanging out with their old, stupid parents.    We know the day will come where they want their independence and solitude.  But we do what we can to keep that from happening too soon and to make sure the impact of it, the depth of it, is as minimal as possible. This afternoon my youngest came to me to see if he could stay home during his older brother’s volleyball tournament.  He noted that his older brother had stayed home for several of his soccer practices.  I…
  • Bites of Responsibility

    DaddyCast
    1 Mar 2014 | 4:37 am
    Well, it’s been four weeks with the puppies.  Twenty-seven days to be exact.  Twenty-seven nights of interrupted sleep.  We aren’t regretting it but it has been trying at times.  The puppies are more like babies than we would like to recall.  But they are getting better about house training.  They generally let us know when they need to go outside (which isn’t always welcome when it is fifteen degrees out).  And they are getting big – when we got them they weighed 14 pounds.  This past week they weighed in at 20.4 and 21!! For the boys, it continues to be a learning…
  • Dog days of Winter

    DaddyCast
    8 Feb 2014 | 6:13 pm
    I am still not asking “What have we done?” but that is probably because I am too tired to think.  But then I sit and look at the cute (because she is sleeping) puppy under my left arm as I type this and realize there are benefits.  After several years without a dog, we have become dog owners again and like several other things in our life, we didn’t go small or easy.  We got two puppies at the same time. The Proclaimers had their song “I’m Gonna Be” where they say they will walk 500 miles and 500 miles more.  Well, we didn’t walk but we did drive 1000 miles for these pups.
  • Homework review, sort of

    DaddyCast
    13 Jan 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Going over the Rubric for his book report (while he watches his brother play video games, only half paying attention to me): Me: “So, you have your cover?” Him: “Yes” “Your Timeline and Journal entries?” “Yes” “Four pictures and a map?” “Yes” “A Letter” “Yes” “Souvenirs and Mementos?” “Yes” Me: “Have you referenced all the pictures?” Him: “What?” “Your pictures, have you stated where you got them?” “I have a bibliography.  So,…
  • Spark some interest

    DaddyCast
    1 Jan 2014 | 5:31 pm
    One of the best things about the holidays is spending time with family. I particularly like when we get to hang out with “the cousins” – that would be my nieces and nephews, all in high school now (my two are the youngest of the group and we tend to not see them for hours at a time when they are playing with the cousins). It is always fun to play games (we spend a lot of time playing video games when we are together), sports and hearing what stories they have to share of friends and school. It is also fun to do something new with them – they always seem up for trying…
 
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  • Do Not Read This Blog For Pinterest Easter Ideas

    Buzz
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    If you're looking for Pinterest Easter ideas, this may not be the blog to read. While I do love decorating for holidays, we take a simple approach to our crafts. Continue Reading → The post Do Not Read This Blog For Pinterest Easter Ideas appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • #DadsRun4Boston

    Buzz
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    It's been a year since the peace of running was shattered by the bombings in Boston. This weekend, #dadsrun4boston. I hope you'll join us. Continue Reading → The post #DadsRun4Boston appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • I Lost My Kid At Aggie Days

    Buzz
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:16 pm
    I lost my kid at Aggie Days. It's true. I left the leash at home, let him get a little too free range and then he was gone. But when you raise your kids to look after themselves, even this bit of drama with a 6 yr old quickly passes. Continue Reading → The post I Lost My Kid At Aggie Days appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Calgary Herald Neighbours: Say Goodnight, Beaver. What It Means To Be A Modern Dad

    admin
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:54 pm
    My latest essay for the Calgary Herald Neighbours section explores a new definition of being a man. There is a move afoot to change the face fatherhood. What it means to be a modern dad is very different to this generation of parents. Continue Reading → The post Calgary Herald Neighbours: Say Goodnight, Beaver. What It Means To Be A Modern Dad appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • And Then, It Just Clicks

    admin
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:47 pm
    It's very easy as parents to stress about each milestone our kids achieve especially when they struggle. And then, at the peak of frustration, when we've give up hope, it just clicks. Continue Reading → The post And Then, It Just Clicks appeared first on DadCAMP.
 
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  • Blogging About Sex With Other Bloggers Is Frowned Upon

    Jack Steiner
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Haven't updated this in a bit so I thought I'd try a salacious title and see what happened. In the midst of it all I am thinking about how to identify my best and favorite posts over at the other blog.There is a distinction between best and different. More to come on that later.Killer Whales & Lions Taste Like ChickenWhy Are You Blogging?When Are You Old Enough To Buy A Real Car?Does Your Writing Ever Bore You?13 New Ways Social Media Hurts Your Intelligence876 Surprising Ways Facebook Makes You Wish Your Life Was As Cool As Mine
  • Why Are You Blogging?

    Jack Steiner
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
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  • The Update You Asked For

    Jack Steiner
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Some of you have been writing me because you wondered if I would tell about the great hosting debacle of 2014.Well I may share those words with you but today is not the day. Today all I have are links:What Kind Of Faith Do Writers Need?Stupid Social Media Tricks & TipsWould You Pay Your Favorite Bloggers To Blog?What Should We Do About Uninvited Guests On A Blog?Twitter Is Broken & Blogs Are DeadWomen Who Say They Don’t Care About Size Are Lying
  • A Writing Exhibition

    Jack Steiner
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Thought about writing about Daniel and Anne here, would be the first time in years but decided to hold off on it.I am JAMMED, SWAMPED and CRAZED because I have so much writing to do. I look at my To-Do list and I see Hercules fighting the Hydra.Yeah, I am comparing myself to Hercules here but unlike our mythological hero I am not the son of a god nor imbued with superhuman strength. Still I like to say I am the son of a really good guy and blessed with more strength than most men.The astrological types tell me that it comes with being a Taurus but I can't tell you if that is true or not.
  • Hosting Issues Gone Wild

    Jack Steiner
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:27 pm
    I don't even want to get into just how crazy things have been on the main blog lately. The Mighty JackB has run into rough waters and after more than a little nonsense we have moved hosts.Right now I am migrating from the old host to the new so there is a placeholder page letting people know that things are happening.It has been one hell of a hassle but with some luck when it is completed the new host will help turn the joint into something more than it has been.Faster loading pages make a difference, time will tell.
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  • Wide World of (Too Many) Sports

    Steve
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:53 pm
    I was flying, staring up at the sky, sailing through the air. Well maybe not flying, more like falling. I landed flat on my back on the damp brown infield dirt with a thud. A dozen five-year-olds gathered around me, their mouths hung open in surprise. A dozen parents looked up and chuckled as I recovered and quickly picked myself up off the ground. The tee ball coach isn’t supposed to slip on a baseball and topple like a tree. “Did you do that on purpose, Dad?” My son looked up at me with a confused grin. Not exactly, I explained and quickly tried to get back to the grounder practice.
  • Time Travel to Now

    Steve
    9 Mar 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Today my middle son turns nine. Yesterday he and I ran a 5K together. I’m not sure if his sticking with me stride for stride had more to do with his prowess or my decline, but either way I was proud of him (that was the second time he’s done that!). He is surely the most determined person in our family, with the possible exception of our dog Charlie when he doesn’t want to be brought inside the house and someone pulls into the driveway and he makes me chase him for 10 minutes around the yard like a fool in front of the visitor. In the race, my son told me that he set goals and he met…
  • The 35 Step Commute

    Steve
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:27 pm
    I trudged slowly through the snow, along the trail that leads from my yard to the creek through the woods. The ground sparkled white as the sinking sun reflected off the ice crystals. I followed the tracks to the water’s edge and stared into the smooth brown rocks that wallpapered the creek bed. A dash of reddish tan darted past a tree at the edge of my vision, turning my head just enough to see Charlie, my golden retriever, silently sprinting full tilt after a group of 8 or 9 white-tailed deer. I watched to see how far he’d go, free from the constraints of his electric fence collar that…
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  • How Do You Bathe and Get the Twins to Bed by Yourself?

    Joe
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    This question comes from Carlos. He says he has almost 1-year-old twin girls and he asks, “When I’m alone, how would I bathe them and put them to bed at the same time? Or is it better to do them separately?” Carlos, I always recommend that you try to keep your twins on the same schedule. So you’ll definitely want to try to get them to bed at the same time. Bathing Twins Separately When our twins were younger and I was alone with them for the bedtime routine, I tried both ways. I bathed our girls together and I also bathed them separately and it really depended on how…
  • How Do You Juggle Newborn Twins and Running Your Own Business?

    Joe
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    This question comes from Brian. He has newborn twins and he’s also juggling his own business, a consulting practice. He has kind of hit the wall. He says there’s been an explosion of responsibility and he’s having a hard time juggling his business, his customers, and his twins, and he asks if I have any suggestions. Your Twins Won’t Always be Newborns Frankly, with newborns, you are in a real difficult time for the twins. You’ve got weeks of sleep deprivation piled up, and work commitments that haven’t relented. That’s not a good combination because…
  • When Dad Feels Left Out During the Twin Pregnancy

    Joe
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    This question comes to us from a mom. She says that her husband has been very good and very supportive throughout the pregnancy, but has recently made more and more comments about feeling left out. Things like baby showers, phone calls, people checking, it’s all pretty much about mom and the babies. She asks, “Is there something that I can do to help him, to include him more, to show him more love and support?” Mom Gets Most of the Attention That’s a great question. I too kind of felt left out, kind of like you’re describing your husband. A lot of the attention…
  • Doubleheader — Practical Tips For Twins To Get Along

    Joe
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Raising twins is tougher than raising a single child or even a few kids. As parents, you’ve got a lot of challenges to deal with, from the feeding and nursing to the sleepless nights. The first couple of years will be remarkably hectic, but each passing year brings new challenges. While there is an inherent connection between twins, sometimes their similarities can turn them against each other. Competitive twins can be quite a handful. And sometimes, they’re so completely the same that they tend to get frustrated and will want to get away from each other. How do you deal with…
  • How to Maintain a Relationship with Your Twins When You Are Away from Home

    Joe
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Here is a question from a father of twins. His twins are 7 months old. He’s in the army and he’s about to deploy overseas. He says that his biggest concern is giving good support to his wife and his boys when he’s far away. He says his family has good support close to home, and they’re going to have a nanny while he’s deployed, but his biggest goal is to be as much a part of their lives as possible. He wonders if I had any suggestions to do that. First of all, thank you. My family and I are extremely grateful for your service and appreciate the sacrifices that…
 
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  • Remember Four and Three Quarters

    21 Mar 2014 | 1:50 am
    We're having good days these days; some of them back-to-back. It's a jinx to mention this, I know; But a curse to forget We've had self-control, Backed away from the bitter brink, Negotiated like neighborly nation states. It's a sweet spot. Even the dog is onto it. The two sisters play for hours and days, with ponies and pirates; push and pull and patch it up. They hardly need me. They hug
  • Just in case you thought I was dead

    5 Mar 2014 | 10:32 am
    Hi! I'm not dead! I've been really busy building stuff and doing kid stuff, and doing some writing, but not so much in this space. Life is full and rich and interesting and dizzying. This just occurred to me: Kids, like grownups, are sometimes inconsistent in their thinking. For instance, the other day, after watching a movie, walking around a fun part of town, stopping for hot chocolate,
  • The Time I Took My Daughters to Hooters

    8 Jan 2014 | 7:00 am
    I had hoped I would be able to swing by my house before going to Hooters.  I had been building cabinets all day and didn't really want to show up in grungy work clothes, my face and arms smeared with a paste of sweat and sawdust.  But traffic was bad between the Valley of Gated Subdivisions and the Valley of the Malls, so there was no time for a side trip to my home on the Mesa of Partial
  • That's Not Fair: Teaching Kids to Share

    3 Jan 2014 | 2:44 pm
    This was first published in San Diego Uptown News ********  “MADDY’S NOT SHARING!”    This tearful, gasping lament regularly resounds through our house. The counteraccusation--“LIVVY’S STEALING MY STUFF!”--inevitably follows.   My four-year old twins have had a sense of ownership since they were babies; but now they have much more sophisticated ways to express their feelings about
  • Am I Outgrowing my Inner Grinch?

    6 Dec 2013 | 11:04 am
    This originally appeared in San Diego Uptown News ******** I’ll cop to it. I’ve been kind of a Grinch for the past thirty years or so.I was pretty much over Christmas by the time I was in my mid-teens. I had a bad case of punk rock cynicism and saw nothing but hypocrisy in every gesture of fellowship and goodwill offered up by mainstream culture during the one special time of year when you
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  • Switching Sports at Age 15

    STATS DAD
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Can a young athlete change sports at age 15 and find success? My son's baseball career came to an abrupt end after playing at the highest level from age 9 to 14. A nagging elbow injury limited his ability to throw hard enough to compete on elite teams anymore. He could have moved to a lower level team, but he had lost his love for the game after three years of constant ice and physical therapy.
  • Youth Sports or Science Fair?

    STATS DAD
    16 Mar 2014 | 6:51 am
    If your young athlete had to choose between competing in a sports tournament or a science fair what would you do? In December, my daughter, CC, worked on her science fair project. All honors students in her school were required to participate. My daughter decided to study beach erosion after seeing the destruction of the New Jersey beaches from Hurricane Sandy. She replicated a shoreline and
  • Youth Volleyball: Crazy Weekend, Crazy Money Spent

    STATS DAD
    4 Feb 2014 | 8:47 pm
    I had to share my crazy youth sports weekend and the ridiculous amount of money I spent because of it. Flash back to November, my wife and I planned a five day getaway trip. Five days is about all I can handle being away from the kids. We planned to leave on Sunday, January 26th and return on a Friday, January 30th. We typically plan our getaways on a Sunday to Friday schedule for two reasons:
  • Youth Soccer: Is Field 6 Cursed?

    STATS DAD
    8 Sep 2013 | 6:57 am
    Field #6 is cursed at the Mead CUSA Cup Invitational in Beavercreek, OH.  What is wrong with field #6 at the Ankeney soccer complex in Beavercreek. Was it built on an ancient indian burial ground? Something ugly always seems to happen on this field when I stand on the sidelines. Flash Back On April 20, 2010, my son played in what I think was the dirtiest game of soccer that I have ever
  • Youth Basketball: What Makes A Basketball Player a Great Leader

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    25 Jul 2013 | 2:57 am
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  • Rio 2 flies into theaters

    DaDa Rocks!
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    Rio 2, the follow-up to 2011’s Rio, continues the tale of Blu and Jewel (Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, respectively), believed to be the last two blue Spix’s macaws. As we learn quickly in Rio 2, however, they’re far from alone— the film centers not only on Blu and Jewel adjusting to family life with three children of their own, but also on the discovery that there is a whole flock of blue Spix’s macaws in the wild. The pair (And their kids) travel to the Amazon to help their human companions Tulio and Linda (Rodrigo Santoro and Leslie Mann) to find the flock. But another…
  • Parenting Struggles? There’s an APP for that!

    DaDa Rocks!
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:26 pm
    As a dad of a three year old boy and one on the way, the wife and I decided it was time to get the little guy potty trained before his sister joined the party.  That being said, like most 3 year olds Brady is a very stubborn kid, so we knew we were about to endeavor on a challenging journey.  Wow were we wrong and that’s for one reason, the Kiddie App! As you know, there are literally millions of mobile apps with little purpose or value, but the same can’t be said for the Kiddie App.   We scoured the iTunes App store searching for potty training tips and that’s when we…
  • Five Ways Parents Should Teach Their Kids to Forgive

    Ted Hicks
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:39 am
    As parents we must teach our children the realities of life.  Life hurts us, people hurt us, we hurt other people and we hurt ourselves. That is what relationships and life are about. The sooner we let our children in on this secret the healthier their life-approach will be. We must teach that life is not built to be fair. The relationships our children have will, for certain, be their greatest teachers of love and pain. They will never need to use forgiveness more than in their relationships. Forgiveness is many things but we also must teach that forgiveness doesn’t always mean…
  • 6 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About Nasal Congestion

    Ted Hicks
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    Children’s nasal congestion is a problem that every parent has to deal with at some point. Especially with the spring here, there is a good chance that parents will have to contend with this issue at least for a few days during the season. A challenge for parents is finding effective ways to help their children breathe better. The good news is that the more parents know about nasal congestion and what to do about it, the better off the baby will be. Here are 6 things every parent needs to know about nasal congestion: It’s common. Nasal congestion is a common condition among children. The…
  • Walking With Dinosaurs walking into your home on Blu-ray & DVD

    DaDa Rocks!
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Shown as part of the NYC Children’s Film Festival and based upon the BBC series of the same name, Walking With Dinosaurs, the movie, was a 3D visual delight. Walking With Dinosaurs was created as a family film about dinosaurs during the Late Cretaceous period. The movie featured stunning visuals with on point CGI and lavish scenery filmed in Alaska and New Zealand. Starring John Leguizamo, Justin Long, Tiya Sircar, and Skyler Stone as voiceovers for the main characters, the movie is an endearing story about Patchi, a runt Pachyrhinosaurus, finding love and his ascension to the leader…
 
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  • Seamless Faith: Simple Practices for Daily Family Life

    Adam
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    One of my seminary colleagues from Princeton, Traci Smith, has recently come out with a book that I think many folks here may find helpful, and I wanted to give her the chance to share with you a little bit about the book. It’s called Seamless Faith: Simple Practices for Daily Family Life and it is definitely worth checking out if you have kids and are interested in finding ways to engage with them and their faith. I’ve asked Traci to share a bit below. Thank you, Adam, for allowing me to stop by your internet home to talk about a project that is very near and dear to me, my new…
  • Caleb Turns Two Tomorrow

    Adam
    29 Dec 2013 | 7:22 pm
    Caleb turns two tomorrow. I can’t believe it. As I was putting him to bed tonight, we sat in the chair in his room and talked a little bit about how it was going to be a big day tomorrow – he was going to turn TWO. Well, it was more like me talking and…I don’t think he was really listening that much. I said to Caleb, “Caleb, can I tell you something?” And he replied, “Yes…” And slowly took his fingers and stuck them in his ears. He took them out and laughed…I said, “Caleb. Dude. Not funny” and kept talking to him about…
  • Support This Site

    Adam
    9 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    Some of you may know this, but…there are times when I’m not above shameless self-promotion. So, this holiday season, if you’re going to be buying a lot of Christmas and holiday gifts for friends and family through Amazon…maybe you could take 10 extra seconds and go to Dazed Dad first, and then click to Amazon through the banner on the right of my site. I used to be able to cover at least my hosting costs for this site (and others) through ad sales on my other blog, Pomomusings, but those have been falling through over the past year or so, and so it’d be really…
  • Born in Silence: Creating Space for Healing

    Adam
    8 Nov 2013 | 1:32 pm
    A friend sent this to me a few weeks ago, and as I watched it, and as I reflected on my own journey through infant loss, I remembered the first few weeks after we lost the boys, when I was just doing a ton of reading. For some reason, it was both cathartic and therapeutic to read through the grief journeys of others as I was starting mine. Of the many books that I read, one of the most meaningful was Hope Deferred: Heart-Healing Reflections on Reproductive Loss; I highly recommend it. It was very moving to hear how these women had dealt with their miscarriages and losses. And they were…
  • Remembering Micah and Judah: Has it Really Been 3 Years?

    Adam
    25 Oct 2013 | 9:31 am
    I received a text this morning from someone I went to seminary with. We were acquaintances at the time. But October 25, 2010 bound us together. Her father died in a tragic car accident that day. And Micah and Judah were born and died on the day as well. It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 years. 3 years ago, almost exactly to the hour, we had the nurses come in and told them it was okay for them to take Micah and Judah away…I had seen them both be born, we had held them, felt their too-tiny bodies fighting for breath, kissed their heads, talked to them, prayed over them, had…
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  • Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat, Yes Now Even The Thermostat Is Smarter Than Me

    nessel
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Disclosure: I received the Honeywell Thermostat in exchange for posting an honest review.  I received no other compensation.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. It was bound to happen.  My smartphone is clearly smarter than me.  My kids, light years smarter than me.  My cat, well he does get me to get up and fed him in the middle of the night, so who is the sucker in that equation?  While it has felt like everything around me was getting smarter, at least I had comfort in knowing that the old boring thermostat on the wall would never be smarter than me.  Right??? Yes, it is true…
  • Review: Zinc Chozen Scooter, Will You Be The Chosen One?

    nessel
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    When it comes to doing tricks and performing on a scooter, not everyone is equal.  First and foremost, you need the skills to be able to perform and master the moves.  In addition, if you are going to be the Chosen One, the one who rises to the top, you will also need the right equipment, great warrior.  Is the Zinc Team Series Chozen Scooter, the ride you need to make you the Chosen One? Let’s Take A Look At Our Video Review of the Zinc Chozen Purple Team Series Scooter - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA8nZNbwHJU The Zinc Chozen Scooter, For Taking Things To The Next Level There…
  • Captain America Movie = Captain America Toys!

    nessel
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    This past weekend the new Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie opened in the US.   As any parent can tell you, if there is a new super hero movie, you can bet the house that there will also be new super hero toys!  Yep, sure enough, Hasbro has released some new Captain America toys…this is not surprising.  What is surprising is that the toys are actually fun and not just a cheap attempt to capitalize on the movie! Please watch our hands-on review of the Captain America Stealthfire Shield and Recon Rangefinder - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ofhe0QipQwg What Kid Doesn’t…
  • Hurricane H6 RC Helicopter Review, Yes It Is Hurricane Season Again!

    nessel
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    The snow is finally melting, the sun is shining, people are slowing coming out of their shelters, the Arctic air is finally moving back to…well the Arctic I suppose.  Yes, we are so excited for it to be prime Hurricane weather!  No, not THAT  type of hurricane, we are talking about the Interactive Toy Concepts BladeRunner Series RC Hurricane H6 Helicopter! You see, the Hurricane H6 is a large 20″ Remote Control Helicopter that can fly outside in light to moderate wind, so these spring days are the perfect time to fly the Hurricane.  Please watch our video review of the…
  • BlackBerry Z30 Review Update, Who Knew .1 Was So Big?

    nessel
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:41 am
    Ivory soap is 99.44% pure.  I love soap as much as the next guy, but if tomorrow they made it 99.54% pure I really doubt I wold notice the difference.  On the other hand, when BlackBerry turns things up a tenth of a notch, you can absolutely tell the difference! A few weeks ago we did a BlackBerry 7 Day Challenge, swapping out our iPhone 5 for the BlackBerry Z30.  You can read about our experiences here…but as you will see if you read the comments, we really were not getting the full experience.  You see we had BlackBerry OS 10.2.0.  BlackBerry fans told us we needed 10.2.1.  …
 
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  • Eddication: an update

    Wolf Pascoe
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:28 am
    Categories: Child-development Doubts SchoolHistory assures us that civilizations decay quite leisurely. — Will and Ariel Durant . It’s been an exhausting week in Lake Wobegon. Yesterday Nick was accepted to the middle school of his choice, the Grove of Academe. Today he was put on the waiting list at the other school he applied to, the Road Less […](Read more...)
  • Blessing from my father

    Wolf Pascoe
    21 Jan 2014 | 4:36 am
    Categories: UncategorizedMy father was named after Isaac, the biblical patriarch. It was a name he disliked, so he reversed the order of his first and middle names. If his full name was called for, he never spelled out Isaac, inscribing only the initial, I. He was gone — a heart attack — before I was nine, […](Read more...)
  • MERRY CHRISTMAS FRIENDS, BROTHERS, SISTERS, FELLOW HUMANS

    Wolf Pascoe
    25 Dec 2013 | 9:27 am
    Categories: Blessing mindfulnessWoke at 7:00, stiff as usual. Downstairs, opened one present with Nick: a steampunk rhino (stuffed animal) Nora had gotten him. We have orders to wait for her to wake before opening any others. Nick has resumed his hour of screen time. In my study, a new blotter I requested from Santa. I hadn’t thought […](Read more...)
  • Hat Trick

    Wolf Pascoe
    30 Nov 2013 | 9:48 am
    Categories: mindfulness WolfAn obstacle is a light. An insurmountable obstacle is a sun. — Paul Valery The site rush for the Fern Hill 2014 Spring Camping Trip bared its fangs a few weeks ago, marking the third occurrence of this annual bloodletting. To briefly recount, the Fern Hill community goes camping every Memorial Day weekend at a state […](Read more...)
  • The garbage road less traveled

    Wolf Pascoe
    17 Oct 2013 | 10:57 am
    Categories: Humor ParentingLife is a series of problems. Do we want to moan about them or solve them? – M. Scott Peck We’ve been teaching Nick, now eleven, about garbage. Specifically, how to take it out. If you’re a parent, you know. The deal is, Nick is supposed to empty wastebaskets around the house whenever they’re full, […](Read more...)
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  • An Open Letter to My Son on His 5th Birthday

    Caleb
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:35 pm
    You came into the world like a highly anticipated storm, one that you make arrangements for, one that people warn you is going to be noisy and troublesome and dangerous, and no matter how much you prepare you never feel fully prepared. You came with a heavy air that hangs on your lungs. You changed us. Five years ago today, we brought home a tiny person who didn’t know how he was supposed to react to us any more than we knew how we were supposed to react to him. We took our cues from books and friends and mentors and pastors, and found them all to be helpful and somewhat inadequate. We…
  • John Updike’s Advice to Writers

    Caleb
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:37 am
    From the always-wonderful Brain Pickings comes this gem from legendary author John Updike. Some of my favorite highlights: Try to develop actual work habits and, even though you have a busy life, try to reserve an hour, say, or more a day to write. Very good things have been written on an hour a day. Don’t try to get rich… If you want to get rich, you should go into investment banking or be a certain kind of lawyer. On the other hand, I like to think that in a country this large and a language even larger, that there ought to be a living for somebody who cares and wants to entertain…
  • The Green Chicago River in 30 Seconds

    Caleb
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Yes, the green Chicago river is a thing every year. At this speed, it looks kind of gross. On that note, happy St. Patrick’s Day. The post The Green Chicago River in 30 Seconds appeared first on The Exceptional Man, Chicago.
  • An Introvert’s Guide to SXSW

    Caleb
    12 Mar 2014 | 4:59 am
    Don’t go to SXSW. OK, you really insist that you must go. Your industry friends are going, or you have a client who wants you to be there, or your team really thinks that’s the place they should launch their startup (they’re wrong). You have suddenly found yourself dropped in the middle of a Texas-sized circus. Now what? Here’s an introverts guide to SXSW, from me to you. First of all, avoid most of the conference events. Let’s be honest: most of the panels are crap, and most of the parties are excuses for companies to make themselves seem hip and exclusive.
  • First Kiss Between Strangers

    Caleb
    11 Mar 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Whoa. This video is going around the internet today, and with good reason. Artist Tatia Pilieva put two total strangers in a room and asked them to have their first kiss on camera. The results are so interesting — passionate, awkward, and everything in between. Update: Jezebel points out that this video is actually part of a marketing campaign by the clothing line Wren. Still. Pretty moving stuff. The post First Kiss Between Strangers appeared first on The Exceptional Man, Chicago.
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  • If I Could Change ONE Thing About My Brain …

    Mark Brady
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:17 am
    … it would be reorganizing it in one specific way. That way would allow me to more mindfully enact The Three Noble Principles in my daily unfolding world. It is this bit of disorganized neural network that seems to underlie much of the suffering that I have experienced over the years; and it is something that I see others having to unwittingly endure in their own lives as well. Motor Cortex is in Red The Three Noble Principles were first introduced to America by Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa in the mid-1970s. They’re essentially mindfulness practices intended to go with…
  • The Body’s Role in Forgiveness

    Mark Brady
    6 Apr 2014 | 3:23 am
    The spring morning when I caught my father unawares and sliced his penis off and chopped it into a dozen pieces with a meat cleaver changed our relationship forever. Which is to be expected, I guess. Sigmund Freud first hypothesized about the Oedipus Complex – the developmental work of little boys desirous of replacing dad so as to become the single object of mother’s desire. How it played out the first time in our house though, was not exactly what Freud envisioned. One morning at around age four I spied my father naked, shaving in the bathroom. I walked in below his sight line…
  • Your Senior-Moment Brain: Teaching Your Body to Serve It

    Mark Brady
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:38 am
    Several weeks ago I spent a whole day looking for my favorite jacket. It’s a blue and green Gore-Tex all-weather hooded jacket made by Eddie Bauer. It’s my very favorite jacket. First I looked in the living room coat closet where I usually hang it. No dice. Then I looked in my bedroom closet and on the hooks in my office without success. I went back to the living room closet and started pulling coats off hangers thinking that something might have been hung on top of my jacket. No more dice. Time Travel Search At a complete loss, using a kind of Anthroposophical Ruckshau process, I…
  • How Being a No-Good, Dirty Rotten Lying Cheat Made My Brain Super-Creative!

    Mark Brady
    23 Mar 2014 | 4:16 am
    Whew! Made it unscathed past another March 17th. Having considerable Irish heritage in my genetic history some would say has provided me with a gift for the blarney. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, blarney is a scientific term defined in the Encyclopedia of Science as: “Talk that is not true, but that is nice and somewhat funny, and that may be used to trick you. It also highly correlates with outlier intelligence and uncommon handsomeness.” But blarney’s actually a little more than that. In my experience it’s a fun, useful way to interact with…
  • How Your Brain was Trained to NOT Ask Questions … and Why You Should

    Mark Brady
    16 Mar 2014 | 3:38 am
    Several weekends ago, a friend and I presented a learning seminar at Bastyr University for practicing and aspiring healing professionals entitled: The Art and Practice of Narrative Medicine. We began the weekend by driving home two points repeatedly. The first was an extended discussion on the importance of safety in seminars such as ours. We identified the importance of collective vigilance throughout, since often environments that start out with high levels of safety, over the course of time (think: any of the famous social psychology experiments on obedience to authority), can frequently…
 
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    Geekasms

  • Is Damien about to ‘Rise’? Batman gets his Robin back.

    Troy Lyons
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    DC Comics has announced today that ROBIN RISES: OMEGA #1 will continue the story of Batman’s hunt for Robin after his death in Batman, Inc #8.  Tomasi won’t verify if it is Damien that is rising, but after the one-shot, the Batman and Robin title, which has had many names since Robin’s death, will now [...]The post Is Damien about to ‘Rise’? Batman gets his Robin back. appeared first on Geekasms.
  • The Illuminati Face a Reckoning in AVENGERS #29 – an ORIGINAL SIN Tie-In!

    Frank Arena
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    The Illuminati Face a Reckoning in AVENGERS #29 – an ORIGINAL SIN Tie-In! This May, the collision of the Avengers and New Avengers is imminent as untold treacheries come finally come to light. Marvel is proud to present your first look at AVENGERS #29 – an Original Sin tie-in, from the New York Times No. 1 Bestselling Creative Team [...]The post The Illuminati Face a Reckoning in AVENGERS #29 – an ORIGINAL SIN Tie-In! appeared first on Geekasms.
  • BATMAN ETERNAL #2 Review

    Frank Arena
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Oh. My. Lord. This chapter made me have a Geekasm.  What did we do to deserve such awesomeness? Starting out, we have Mayor Sebastian Hady talking with a mysterious man. Who is it?!? Vicki Vale gets strong armed into posting the story that Gordon was arrested.  This sets off the series of panels that just [...]The post BATMAN ETERNAL #2 Review appeared first on Geekasms.
  • Review – Solar: Man of the Atom #1

    Troy Lyons
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    Solar: Man of the Atom #1 from Dynamite brings us the return of Solar.  The character has a rich history that has taken him on many travels, but now he is coming to us courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment as part of their Gold Key Universe. Solar is Dr. Phil Seleski and he was granted powers [...]The post Review – Solar: Man of the Atom #1 appeared first on Geekasms.
  • BATMAN 66 #32 Review

    Frank Arena
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    We arrive back at Arkham Institute in Batman 66 #32  and the inmates are running the asylum.  Joker and Catwoman are getting away.  This is not a laughing matter! To the Batmobile! *1966 Batman Transition* This mini arc has to be my favorite so far.  We get the 2 most infamous villains being Joker and Catwoman [...]The post BATMAN 66 #32 Review appeared first on Geekasms.
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    BecomingMortal

  • Sandy Shores

    S
    29 Mar 2014 | 5:13 am
    I woke up early today, stepped out onto the balcony, looking over cold Lake Michigan. It doesn’t feel like spring, even though it should be. Neither the weather, nor my mind or my wanting is here. The sun hasn’t fully come up, and while staring over the glistening lake, I am only dreaming of sandy shores, cool early morning sunrises and an ocean breeze on my face; a place far away from here. Something’s been drawing me back there again; friends, confidants, clients and even lovers. They all want me to return, but my heart isn’t fully there. It’s not that I’m afraid to close the…
  • Mac or PC?

    S
    26 Sep 2013 | 12:56 pm
  • Not Ourselves

    S
    26 Sep 2013 | 1:06 am
    “We do what we do because of who we are. If we did otherwise, we would not be ourselves.” -Dream Yes yes… it has been awhile. Life has been busy, what can I say. At the urging of a friend, trying to write again, but will be hard, between work, painting and walking my cat around the neighborhood. So here I am… having a smoke and a cup of coffee, watching the waves coming in. Fall is here and I love it. It’s been a good year… said goodbye to some, hello to others, hung out with some celebrities and helped an elderly lady cross the street. True story. I also…
  • Up in Smoke

    S
    28 Nov 2012 | 11:33 pm
    Recently, I switched over to e-cigarettes. It was spurred on by different motivations, but intrigue and an alternative to cut my alarming increase this past year were the most apparent. Yes, I know all the harmful things that can come from it; I still have vivid memories of my dad watching medical procedures on tv and medical journal covers and all… Early last year, my rate was at the lowest, about a pack every four+ days, probably due my increased time with G throughout the day when he was here. I’ve seen a substantial increase this past year coping with stress and mental…
  • Flashpoint

    S
    31 Oct 2012 | 6:22 am
    A couple of weeks ago I had a weird dream about an ex from years ago… I guess it wasn’t too surprising then when I bumped into her on the streets a few days later.  She was in town doing a shoot.  Seeing her was quite the shock. She just celebrated a birthday and was almost 50! Did I really date girls that much older than me before? It was unsettling, as she was about my age when I first met her. I met a friend for coffee a few days later and was telling them about the ordeal.  They were nice enough to point out that the majority of my people in my world are all older than me,…
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    The JackB

  • This Post Is Better Than Sex On The Beach

    Jack Steiner
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Don’t look now but that picture isn’t of people having sex on the beach nor will it change by clicking on it. It is not like the blurry version of that crazy US Air tweet and might I add that I didn’t appreciate someone emailing a copy the not safe for work version to my […] (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) The post This Post Is Better Than Sex On The Beach appeared first on The JackB.
  • Blogs & Bloggers That Don’t Evolve…Die

    Jack Steiner
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Several months before his death my paternal grandfather sat up in his hospital bed and told me he would fight for every last breath and that he would be around until he wasn’t. I laughed and told him I wasn’t sure if the Grim Reaper knew that in his youth my grandfather had been quite […] (Visited 19 times, 19 visits today) The post Blogs & Bloggers That Don’t Evolve…Die appeared first on The JackB.
  • The Best Cover Letter….Ever

    Jack Steiner
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Editor’s Note: Some of you may wonder if you can find information on how to build a paper clip crossbow here but I am afraid that information is located within a different post. Have no fear, the cover letter below is among the best ever and it works… Dear Mr. Johnson, Many years ago in […] (Visited 37 times, 37 visits today) The post The Best Cover Letter….Ever appeared first on The JackB.
  • Who Are You & What Do You Do For A Living?

    Jack Steiner
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:43 pm
    “Perhaps A Career In Misanthropy would suit me better but today I am a writer.” I went to a dinner party last night where I knew about half of the people there, some of them from when I was a high school student but most for not as long. Wine and Scotch were poured and […] (Visited 26 times, 26 visits today) The post Who Are You & What Do You Do For A Living? appeared first on The JackB.
  • Do You Miss The Golden Age Of Blogging?

    Jack Steiner
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Sometimes I stroll through the blogosphere and wonder when I turned into the grumpy old man screaming at kids to get off of my lawn muttering about their awful music and funny sense of style. It makes me wonder if I rode the train off the tracks and over the cliff because the time was […] (Visited 40 times, 40 visits today) The post Do You Miss The Golden Age Of Blogging? appeared first on The JackB.
 
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  • Lily and The Neverland Pirates

    Thomas
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Lily has a new favorite cartoon and new orange sunglasses. I’m not sure how Lily fell in love with Jake and the Neverland Pirates, but she sure is obsessed with that show. She’s always looking for Jake or Captain Hook things and can spot them from across the store. The orange sunglasses don’t really go with the pirate theme, but we did get them free from Arby’s the other day. She think’s they’re cool, but keeps tell me how orange everything looks. The post Lily and The Neverland Pirates appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Jessie & Sven Enjoying a Beautiful Spring Day

    Thomas
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    I found these two by the window enjoying the nice spring temps today. I’m not exactly sure how they got there, but I’m pretty sure a little girl had something to do with it. The post Jessie & Sven Enjoying a Beautiful Spring Day appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Build a world where your children are stronger than you ever were.

    Thomas McMahon
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Take time to listen. Take time to create. Take time to play. Take time to make-believe. Set reality aside and teach your kids to see the positive in the world. Let them explore, help them find their talents, and teach them to enjoy life. Let them be kids, be kids with them, and chances are, you’ll both be better off. The post Build a world where your children are stronger than you ever were. appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Playmobil Bank Robbery Toys

    Thomas
    8 Mar 2014 | 6:38 pm
    It’s never to early to teach your kids how fun it is to rob a bank. The post Playmobil Bank Robbery Toys appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Snow Tunnel

    Thomas
    5 Mar 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Came home to find a little girl tunneling through a snow bank. Finally it’s warming up so we can enjoy all this snow! The post Snow Tunnel appeared first on TwisterMc.
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    The Daddy Files » The Daddy Files-

  • My Son Is Reunited With His Long Lost Lovey

    Aaron Gouveia
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Monkey has been Will’s friend, constant companion, confidant, and protector since before his first birthday. With soft “fur” on the top and a red, satin material on the bottom, Monkey was the perfect lovey for cuddling. And Will had a deep bond with it. I didn’t realize how deep until a few months ago when Monkey went missing. I knew telling him Monkey was gone would be bad, but I didn’t realize just how much it would affect him. He was crushed. Beyond that, really. The repercussions from losing Monkey got so bad it started to negatively impact his school work…
  • My Son Hates Baseball

    Aaron Gouveia
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
    “Dad, I don’t think I like baseball and I don’t want to play anymore.” Except for Will saying he doesn’t love me or that he’s become a New York sports fan, nothing uttered from my 6-year-old’s lips stings as much as my boy — my oldest son — telling me he doesn’t want to partake in America’s pastime. My father’s pastime. My pastime. And the first thing that ran through my head was “How can I raise a kid who doesn’t like baseball?” It’s really no surprise, especially when you watch him play. Will…
  • The Chair: How I Learned to Love My Second Child

    Aaron Gouveia
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Enough time has passed that I can share something about which I felt a metric ton of shame — I struggled to bond with Sam after he was born. And nothing epitomized my struggle more than that goddamned chair. Like Sam, the chair arrived in our lives last summer after a ton of turmoil. But unlike our little bundle of joy, bringing the chair into our home was not a mutual decision. You see, MJ wanted a comfortable rocking chair to go in the nursery. Nothing crazy, just a rocker made of soft yet durable material next to the crib for those late and sleepless nights. I, on the other hand,…
  • Do What You Love, Kid

    Aaron Gouveia
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:04 pm
    One of my greatest fears is passing down my laundry list of insecurities to my children. Will, who turns 6 next week and is in the throes of kindergarten, loves music and loves to dance. Well, he used to love to dance. I’m still not sure what happened, but at some point in the not-too-distant past, he became extremely self-conscious about it. Now he’s convinced he’s a terrible dancer and — even though he admits he loves it — thinks any attempt to dance will just end with him embarrassing himself. I was heartbroken. And just like that, I was transported back to…
  • The 11 Most Annoying Types of Facebook Parents

    Aaron Gouveia
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:29 pm
    You know them. You’ve seen them. You might even be one. Well, not you of course. You’re cool. I’m totally talking about that annoying friend you have. Yeah…that’s the ticket. So even though I am a parent and I love parents, the fact of the matter is we can be an infuriating bunch. The know-it-all mentality, the one-upsmanship, the showboating — it can all be a little much at times. Unfortunately, social media — and Facebook especially — serves as a virtual bullhorn that broadcasts that obnoxiousness across the Internet and beams all the bullshit…
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    CuteMonster.com

  • Captain America becomes the Hero We Need

    Vincent Daly
    12 Apr 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Chris Evans returns to reprise the role of Captain America in the sequel titled Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a smartly written movie that’s part thriller as well as action flick. Robert Redford joins the cast adding a maturity and gravitas that sets the tone of the story. Gritty, violent, and dark, action fans will... The post Captain America becomes the Hero We Need appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Kid Conversations #2

    Vincent Daly
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Things that kids say on any given day.. The following is an excerpt of a conversation at the park. The post Kid Conversations #2 appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Review and Giveaway of ThinkFun’s Laser Maze

    Vincent Daly
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    Review of Laser Maze by ThinkFun. A beam beam-bending logic based single player game for ages 8 and up. The post Review and Giveaway of ThinkFun’s Laser Maze appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • 5 Ways Little Kids are like Hippies

    Vincent Daly
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:03 am
    An overview of how little kids are very similar to hippies. The post 5 Ways Little Kids are like Hippies appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • 2014 NY Toy Fair Best of Show

    Vincent Daly
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:58 am
    Our picks for best of show at the 2014 New York Toy Fair. The post 2014 NY Toy Fair Best of Show appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
 
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    Fatherhood Channel

  • Veterans, Caregivers Learn to Be Healing to Each Other in Innovative Warrior to Soul Mate Programs

    Rob Henthorn
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Nearly 5.5 million Americans are caring for service members and Veterans, many of whom are impacted by post traumatic stress. The VA is expanding innovative efforts to help Veterans and their loved ones learn to be healing to each other through the Warrior to Soul Mate program.
  • $100 Million Reveals Who Can Save Your Marriage

    Seth Eisenberg
    12 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    The person who will save your marriage is closer than you may have realized. The most significant study ever conducted on marriage and relationship education, at an estimated cost of $100 million, reveals who can save our marriages and who can't.
  • Landmark study finds skills training improves marriage happiness, but doesn’t reduce divorce

    Rob Henthorn
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    A landmark national study of 9,363 low-income, married men and women in eight American cities found many of those who participated in 30 hours of skills training classes were more likely to have boosts in relationship happiness and marital stability sustained 30 months later.
  • Conscious Uncoupling, Conscious Coupling

    Seth Eisenberg
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have started a national conversation about the idea of conscious uncoupling. Is the phrase an oxymoron or an important recognition of the price couples and their children pay for marriages that too often end bitterly in courtrooms and law offices?
  • Dareen and Ilana: Living Peace and Reconciliation

    Fatherhood Channel
    21 Jan 2014 | 5:40 am
    A chance encounter on a cold, winter night led a young Muslim and Jewish girl to become best friends for life and inspired a new approach to reconciliation and peace.
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  • My Little Soldiers – my debut novel

    28 Mar 2014 | 1:55 pm
    My debut novel My Little Soldiers  published by Piranha Press is now available on Amazon here. My Little Soldiers is a bittersweet comedy about one man, his sperm and his quest for a baby. By my calculation at least seven people have seen my girlfriend’s vagina in the last two weeks and that’s not counting me. Thalia’s private parts have became public ones. She seems to be constantly visiting the clinic for a new scan. And thanks to the dildo cam I am now getting a daily update on the state of her ovaries. Once upon a time a woman’s sex organs were to me like 16th-century America…
  • Vacuum Ponytail by Dad

    5 Feb 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Daddy Dazed salutes this clever dad who has come up with a very innovative shortcut to tying his daughter’s hair – using a vacuum cleaner! Only a dad could think of this.   Post by Nick Lee Britnell.
  • Rush / Grand Prix competition

    28 Jan 2014 | 2:48 am
    Hey dads – fancy winning two VIP tickets to the British Grand Prix? To celebrate the release of Ron Howard’s Rush on Sky Store next Monday (January 27th), Sky Store is running a competition to win a VIP trip to the British Grand Prix, which includes: 2 x seats in the VIP box at Silverstone on 4th , 5th and 6th July; three nights in a five star hotel and travel to the venue; and a chance to go behind the scenes with Sky Sports F1 There aren’t any questions to answer or premium phone lines to call, all you need to do is rent Anybody who rents Rush from Sky Store from the 27th of…
  • Daddy Gadget: Remote Controlled Heating

    22 Jan 2014 | 2:55 am
    The best inventions save time and money, and as a father I have precious little of either, so its great when a new gadget comes along that promises to save me both. Some clever chaps at Hive have invented an exciting new product which lets you monitor, alter and control your heating and hot water all through the touch of a button on your smartphone or browser! You can adjust your schedules and temperatures away from home with the option for alerts to be sent to your mobile if temperatures reach a certain level. This sounds like a great device. Never again will have to arrive home to a…
  • Devil Baby Video

    17 Jan 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Daddy Dazed loves this video of a devil baby let loose on the streets of New York City. The very life life-like “devil baby” is in fact an animatronic, in a remote controlled stroller with hidden cameras recording people’s reactions. It was made to promote the horror movie Devils Due.
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    About.com Fatherhood

  • Ten Things Dads Can Do To Make Their Bodies Run Better

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    A lesson I learned many years ago from my dad has stuck with me.  As a teenager, I helped my dad rebuild the engine to an old Volkswagen Beetle and in the process learned about how important it is to maintain an engine to keep it running smoothly.  Oil changes, checking tire pressure, and using good fuel are all important components to making a car run smoothly and last a long time.  Ignoring these simple things can cost a lot in the long run....Read Full Post
  • Parents on the Same Discipline Page

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    When parents are united in their approach to parenting, they are an unstoppable force.  This is never truer than when thinking about the parents's strategies for disciplining children. I saw an instance last week where the parents disagreed in how to discipline a child in a public setting, and the child took advantage of the disagreement to continue to behave inappropriately.  That experience caused me to think about what parents should do to avoid this kind of problem and to get on the same page with each other on the approach to effective discipline....Read Full Post
  • Great Podcast Episode on Internet Controls

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    A radio station in Salt Lake City, KSL, has a daily talk show program called The Browsers.  Every day for two hours, hosts Jay McFarland and Amy Iverson talk about the latest and greatest on the Internet.  In March, these two radio personalities hosted a town hall meeting at a local middle school for an hour and talked about how parents can monitor and control their children's Internet access and behavior.  As someone who reads a lot and writes often about Internet safety, I thought it was among the very best one-hour programs of its kind.  Tons of helpful advice,…
  • Finding Volunteer Opportunities for Your Family

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    I live in a community which has been ranked for many years as the #1 volunteering community in the United States.  On average, residents of our town give more hours of community service per capita than any other community.  Yes, the volunteer spirit is alive and well in our community....Read Full Post
  • Daniel Murphy, the MLB and Paternity Leave

    5 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    There were quite a few thoughts expressed this last week about New York Mets baseball player Daniel Murphy who missed the season opener to be with his wife as she delivered their first child.  Many comments were in support of Daniel suggesting that he had his priorities straight.  But others were not so forgiving.  Consider sportscaster Mike Francesa:...Read Full Post
 
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    Memoirs of a Single Dad

  • Petty Looks Good On You (Confessions of a Co-Parent Dad)

    Daniel Ruyter
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    I confess I now fully understand why some men (fathers) just leave their children. It’s not necessarily justifiable or right, but it’s a reason nonetheless and I really do get it now. This post isn’t about men and it’s not about women. It’s about being a parent, but it’s told from my perspective as a […] The post Petty Looks Good On You (Confessions of a Co-Parent Dad) appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
  • Orlando Health, PetSmart Team Up in “Paws for Hope” (Photo Gallery)

    Daniel Ruyter
    21 Mar 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Orlando Health & PetSmart are teaming up in “Paws for Hope” – a volunteer-based effort to have pets (and their owners) visit cancer patients at the UF Health Cancer Center during their treatments. I took these images with the  (affiliate) today during the press conference announcing the donation by PetSmart. Paws for Hope Photo Gallery Related […] The post Orlando Health, PetSmart Team Up in “Paws for Hope” (Photo Gallery) appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
  • Pavlov’s Husband Theory

    Daniel Ruyter
    17 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    No, men are not all dogs. That’s not my theory. But this marriage thing… it can be tough sometimes, right? No one ever said being in a relationship was going to be easy, granted, it should be more easy than difficult or we’re likely doing something wrong. So, I came up with this theory that […] The post Pavlov’s Husband Theory appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
  • Memoirs of a Psychologist: Pre-Teen Parenting Challenges

    Robert Erdei
    2 Dec 2013 | 8:45 am
    The physical and emotional development of children fosters the desire to seek and the ability to acquire greater knowledge. They begin to desire more independence and start to question the norms, values and standards around them. These changes are most apparent in the family and can create some very challenging issues for the parent-child relationship. While […] The post Memoirs of a Psychologist: Pre-Teen Parenting Challenges appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
  • Five Things Fathers Should Teach Their Sons Before High School

    Daniel Ruyter
    25 Nov 2013 | 5:00 am
    Seeing your son grow into a man is one of the many joys that comes along with being a father. However, there are also many challenges that come along with being a father. You have the responsibility of teaching your son the things that he needs to be a successful man. You have a lot […] The post Five Things Fathers Should Teach Their Sons Before High School appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
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  • Watch the Opening Battle From X-Men: Days of Future Past!

    Mike
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:48 pm
    20th Century Fox debuted the opening battle from Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past during the MTV Movie Awards and you can now watch it below! Opening in theaters on May 23, the film stars Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halley Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Lucas Till and Evan Jonigkeit. The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods…
  • What Happens When Kids Recreate Movie Sound Effects

    Mike
    5 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    My daughter is 2 1/2 and she is quite the vocal little lady. She talks quite a bit and manages to rip off some pretty funny stuff when she wants to do so. Even funnier is when she rips off stuff that I don’t really think she means to say, or when it’s just jibberish. She has started to make sound effects, especially when I make sound effects.  She like to mimic me for some strange reason. But what happens when you get a bunch of kids together and have them all recreate movie sound effects? This: Related PostsBack From The Dead And On A MissionA Story, A Promise, and Something…
  • You Never Knew These Star Trek Facts – Until Now

    Mike
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:37 pm
    I admit, I’m a pretty big Star Trek fan, but I didn’t know all of these facts. How many did you know? Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually. Related PostsHow Did Sherlock Survive The Fall? Just Like This…Watch the Opening Battle From X-Men: Days of Future Past!Coffee Trek III: The Search for The Best K-CupA Story, A Promise, and Something Funny (I hope)…My First Three Days of Unemployment (or How I Shook Hands with Depression Before I Smacked it in the Mouth)Why Saying “No” Really…
  • How Did Sherlock Survive The Fall? Just Like This…

    Mike
    16 Feb 2014 | 6:09 pm
    I wish I could say I came up with this, but I can’t.  It is, however, simply amazing.     Buy Sherlock Season 3 now and find out for yourself how he survived the fall Related PostsYou Never Knew These Star Trek Facts – Until NowWatch the Opening Battle From X-Men: Days of Future Past!On Joining the Ranks of the Unemployed (or How I Begin My Next Great Adventure)Diaper Bags for Dads – Which One Should You Buy?Seeing the World Through Your Kid’s EyesBack From The Dead And On A Mission
  • Back From The Dead And On A Mission

    Mike
    6 Feb 2014 | 7:39 am
    I started this blog a few months before my daughter was born in 2011.  Since then, I’ve posted a handful of posts, which is not what I ever intended to do. I started this blog to be a memoir of sorts as my journey into fatherhood progressed, sharing stories and maybe even inspiring some other dads. I have failed in a most epic way. That changes today.  I won’t say that I’m going to post every day, but I’m certainly going to try. I will post at least once a week, but sometimes that may be all that the current hectic state of my life will allow. I’ll see you very…
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  • An Interview with my Son: 30 Years from Now

    Charlie
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:55 am
    I write too much about the present and the past. I’m stuck here, most days, too tired to dip into the future. So, I’m making this post an exercise in time travel. Sometimes, I look into my sons’ eyes and see moments we haven’t yet had. It’s thrilling. And terrifying. I snapped at Finn tonight enough to make me pause. I’m not proud of it. Too many times politely requesting he brush his teeth. It was totally worth getting slightly heated about it, right? Every moment I make with him feels like a pebble kicked over a cliff’s edge. I can hear the memory…
  • LOLs: An Illustrated Guide

    Andy
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:25 am
    Some of the poor misguided kids these days use acronyms so much it extends to regular speech. I’ve heard kids say “el oh el” or “lol” in response to a joke rather than laugh. Creepy. Even if that kind of makes your skin crawl, a lot of us use the common laugh acronyms online and in messaging to avoid having to jackhammer the H and A keys on our computers or phones to spell out our chuckles, chortles and guffaws. When I thought about this I realized there’s a fairly obvious but unspoken pecking order to all the various LOLs, as seen in this Instructional…
  • My Wife Just Texted… #156

    Charlie
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    My wife and I meet in the middle on many things. Sometimes, it’s compromise. But most often we have the exact same thought about situations, people and decision-making. It’s a good thing we’re both geeks because neither of us would be a catch outside of our own geeky world. And by that I mean me. So often, we’ve wished for Jedi powers. Whether it’s the errant remote, a fallen binky or any of the other fafillion things we use/need as parents, they’re always out of reach. IF ONLY WE HAD A YODA TO TEACH US, YOUNG PADAWANS. Dammit, George Lucas. DAMN IT. Give…
  • Bruce Lee, On Parenting

    Andy
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:23 am
      People think that Bruce Lee’s famous “Be like water” quote was his philosophical view on fighting an opponent. Think again! I propose that he was actually talking about being a parent! Ah HA! Okay, so maybe your mind isn’t blown by this revelation, but it’s got to at least be making funny clanking noises, right? Let’s take look at his words of wisdom (in large text), with my words of wisdumb (in small text) as commentary.   “Be like water making its way through cracks. (It’s obvious he’s telling us parents always need to be…
  • A Journal Within A Journal

    Charlie
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:50 am
    For the past five months, I’ve been writing in a different place and trying to record some of the things I want my boys to know. The impetus behind starting this site for me, however, was always a place to talk about the topics at hand and make fun of just about everything. I love this website. I love what it stands for, even if that means it stands FOR NOTHING AT ALL. Nothing can be a very powerful antidote to seriousness. Parenting advice articles are a dime a dozen. Even worse, they make people feel like you need them. Thus, our site was born. But an aspect I’ve been too tired…
 
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  • Man, it's been awhile

    24 Mar 2014 | 4:44 pm
    What's going on guys?Feels like I haven't been on this forum in forever, and after looking at my post history, yeah, it definitely has been.Not sure what updates since back then.  Got in a motorcycle wreck in mid-September.  Car turned left in front of me and we (yeah, my daughter was with me) hit head-on.  Bumps, bruises, but ok.  She recovered far more quickly than I did.  Bike took forever...
  • G'Day All!!

    8 Mar 2014 | 10:06 am
    Hey. Been awhile, apologies. Hope all are well.
  • Hey Guys.. I am now a new Step-Dad!

    28 Feb 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hey all, Long time no post.  I trust everyone has been well. Since the last time I was online, (606 Days ago according to Xbox Live)  I have officially changed my home situation.  1. I moved to North Myrtle Beach, SC.  (Finally get to see the ocean every day.)2. I got rid of my ex-abusive girlfriend, Christina.  3. I added a new girlfriend/fiance, Candace. 4. I also added her kids with m...
  • 2014 quick update

    29 Jan 2014 | 9:53 am
    Hi all,It's been a while so I figured I'd check in. I'll try to keep it brief but here goes:We're expecting a second child at the end of April (I'll leave the sex of the baby out in consideration of my wife keeping it low-key[for the moment])My son is growing so fast! He's currently in pre-k! He's a master of the ipad and already finished up "basketball camp" (mostly drills and he was the on...
  • Minimizing distractions with your kids in the car

    27 Jan 2014 | 9:49 am
    Hi guys, I just wanted to post on this forum and get some discussion going on this. What other ways do you guys minimize distractions with your kids in the car?Media will have us believe that all dads are lax disciplinarians who are more interested in being cool and fun than they are in teaching their children how to live safely and follow rules. The real world, however, tells a different stor...
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  • The Citadel Bulldog

    Chris Hall
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Wordless Wednesday Jaydon stands next to The Citadel Bulldog Monument in front of the Johnson Haygood Memorial Stadium.Filed under: Adventures, Father and Son, Humor, Outdoors, Parenting, Photography, Wordless Wednesday Tagged: Charleston, child, Jaydon, Johnson Hagood Stadium, Monument, Statue, The Citadel, The Citadel Bulldogs, toddler, Wordless Wednesday
  • Summerville Flowertown Festival

    Chris Hall
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    The Summerville YMCA Flowertown Festival is a 3-day event held in the spring usually the first weekend in April. It is a festival celebrating the azaleas, wisteria and dogwood. It is one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast, consistently ranked one of the Top 20 events by the Southeast Tourism Society. Jaydon eating ice cream. Jaydon checks out an interesting looking machine. Jaydon rides a truck/train. Every year Jaydon likes to stop and listen to the exotic music. Jaydon tries out a John Deere tractor.Filed under: Adventures, Education, Father and Son, Humor, Outdoors,…
  • Running, jumping, activities and characters at Wonderfest

    Chris Hall
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Jaydon, Daddy and Mommy have a great time at The Kids Run & Wonderfest in Hampton Park. The Kids Run & Wonderfest is a children’s festival set the day before the Cooper River Bridge Run. Children get to participate in activities, enjoy some great food and run a shot distance or all the way up to a mile in their very own race. Jaydon slides down a jump castle slide. A Boeing representative shows Jaydon how to fold a paper airplane. Jaydon sits and looks at a turtle sunning itself. Jaydon and Daddy pose with Star Wars characters Imperial Bike Trooper, Darth Vader, and one of the…
  • Jaydon and Ryley color Easter Eggs

    Chris Hall
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    On a warm spring evening Jaydon & Ryley play in the backyard & color Easter Eggs. Ryley & Jaydon color Easter Eggs. Jaydon paints one of the Easter Eggs. Ryley works on coloring two of his Easter Eggs. Jaydon & Ryley sit under the table looking at one of the colored Easter Eggs.Filed under: Adventures, Father and Son, Humor, Outdoors, Parenting, Photography Tagged: Children, Coloring Easter Eggs, Dyeing Easter Eggs, Easter, Eggs, Family, parenting, toddler
  • Brothers, 18-years apart

    Chris Hall
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:03 am
    Wordless Wednesday Devon 21 and Jaydon 3.Filed under: Humor, Parenting, Photography, Wordless Wednesday Tagged: brother, brothers, child, cute, Family, parenting, siblings, toddler, Wordless Wednesday
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  • How India Eradicated POLIO and Why It’s Important to You and Me

    jimhigley
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:54 am
    Something incredible happened last month in India. And I hope you’ll take 60 seconds to learn about it. India was certified as being polio free  - after three consecutive years of zero reported cases in the entire country. That message merits being repeated! India has had zero reported cases of polio in last three years and as a result, they have eradicated the disease from their country! (In the 1980s, there were 150,000 annual cases of polio in India!) Here’s a few more facts to make that accomplishment even more impressive: 3 OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME Scale: 172 million children…
  • Podcast: Bullying – What Parents Need to Know

    jimhigley
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:35 am
    Why not subscribe to the show in iTunes? And if you listen to podcasts on your smartphone, check out this great app: Stitcher! THIS EPISODE: Did you know that 160,000 kids skip school every day for fear of being a victim of bullying? Did you know that bullying has three players? And did you know that your child will likely play one of those three roles sometime in the course of their youth? Today, we’re joing by an international exper on the subject of bullying, Dr. Michele Borba. Dr. Borba is a widely recognized author, speaker and educator on the subject of bullying and shares with…
  • Podcast: Kids & Stress & Helping Everyone Navigate Through It!

    jimhigley
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Why not subscribe to the show in iTunes? And if you listen to podcasts on your smartphone, check out this great app: Stitcher! THIS EPISODE: Success in high school starts years earlier – so this is a show for parents with kids of all ages. Kids often tell their parent that life is so much more stressful today than in the past. And  you know what? There’s some truth to their feelings! The reality is that kids today have different stresses. And the stakes that are involved are much, much highter. In today’s show, we explore the world of today’s high school teenager…
  • Moms & Dads: LISTEN to This!

    jimhigley
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:21 am
    Let’s make this brief. I often talk about my “30 second rule” - the general guideline of keeping our parental lectures down to a half a minute because, well, no kid wants to really listen to a parent go on and on and on and on and… Several professionals say we – as parents – should listen 80% of the time with our kids. I don’t know if it’s 80%, 75%, or 87%. But it’s pretty high. Listen. A lot. It’s one of the most important things we can give to our kids. Listen. Try to understand. Gain insight into how they feel. What they think. A…
  • Good-Bye Winter. Let’s Grill.

    jimhigley
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Grilling is my secret weapon. It makes even a so-so cook like me look way better. My other secret is using aluminum foil pouches. The beauty of foil pouch grilling is—other than an occasional flip—you can leave your food unattended with little risk of over-cooking. It’s good. It’s tasty. And the clean-up is a breeze. One of my favorite meals is marinated sesame seed salmon, Yukon Gold potatoes and onions, served with a side of grilled asparagus. Preparation time for all three of these is about 15 minutes. Total grilling time is about a half an hour. It’s the perfect…
 
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  • Is it fair and right? Think again, please.

    Chong Beng LING
    5 Apr 2014 | 1:28 am
    Saw yet another photograph published on social media, the owner of the social media account with the person he/she is helping, befriending or supporting. The person who are dependent on the owner of the social media account, poor, less fortunate, old, weak or suffering with disabilities. I understand that very few of us are able to work or volunteer in the social service sector without a motive. Fulfilling a calling, satisfying a passion, paying forward, seeking an income, filling up our free time, upgrading our social status, enhancing our image and looking for a partner are some…
  • Jump, smile, laugh and get going.

    Chong Beng LING
    29 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Oh... my poor blog, I am sorry for neglecting you for such a long time. You know, this crazy daddy had been pretty busy recently. It started with some unhappy events, and then spiced up with series of happy moments. Thereafter, you know, I sort of got lazy. Ok, ok, I am always lazy, I know. When I finally ready to write again, another wave of surprises strike me! Not only did a big fat rat appear just outside my door, I am also called at 3am to assist with an incident!!!Phew~ I got nothing to do with that incident. But it is exciting, scary and yes, I now believe that the scene in drama…
  • I don't eat rotten apples. No. Not even forced.

    Chong Beng LING
    3 Feb 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Is it necessary?Heard a hurtful statement about me few weeks back. It was a reported statement by the other person, who heard it from another person. In summary, it's a rumor.I am hurt and disappointed.Regardless of how hard I tried not to think about it, I can't. I just cannot understand how one can't differentiate things like:"Chong Beng doesn't eat fruits." to"Chong Beng doesn't eat apples." to"Chong Beng doesn't eat rotten apples".Can you?What's the problem if I don't eat rotten apple? First, it is my personal choice and second, it's rotten. OMG!!! The person eats rotten apple? It…
  • Happy life. Simple living.

    Chong Beng LING
    1 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
    Started walking short distances again recently. Well, I wasn't successfully and still trying hard to reduce that the unwanted extra ingredient in me - fats. Similar to previous experiences, walking always bring me lots of pleasant surprises. With the need to look at where I am going, less time is spent staring on my mobile and more on observing the surrounding around me. In the process, I was rewarded with beautiful sight, both tangible and intangible. Well, let me explain...Encounter 1 While walking to the MRT station near my house, I saw a pretty lady walking towards me. Yes,…
  • Huat came early!

    Chong Beng LING
    29 Jan 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Huat ah (Prosperity) came early this year. This year, Huat came earlier. Well, as early as on 25 Jan 2014 when yt, 小tz and I celebrated grandma's birthday. Huat = 鱼生 = Yu Sheng = Lou Hei Equal to prosperity, luck, wealth and everything good for the coming lunar year after eating the dish. Haha... Unlike other uniquely Singapore culture, Yu Sheng aka. Lou Hei is unlikely to disappear due to the commercial motivation behind the dish. Which restaurant or eatery would want a profitable dish selling anything from $28 to as high as $128 to disappear? On 6 January 2014, I chatted with 小tz…
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  • How NOT to Play Hide & Seek

    dadastrophic
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    #FAIL REMEMBER KIDS, THIS IS NOT HOW YOU DO IT!
  • Soothing A Sick Child…Hopefully!

    dadastrophic
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    I decided writing an article about soothing a sick child would be fitting today since I’m home with one.  One of the ways (that wasn’t an original bullet point on my list) is to let him/her play with your computer.  Grayson is currently hanging on my leg and trying to get to the computer out of my lap and has already managed to turn off the power on it before I even finished the first sentence of this post! Thanks, Gray! Grayson had a fever as high as 102 over the past few days combined with a stomach bug and just all around flu like symptoms.   I took him to the pediatrician…
  • Spring Has Sprung…

    dadastrophic
    29 Mar 2014 | 9:49 am
    I’m not going to lie. When I first started writing about my journey as a Hot Mess Dad, I took a look at a few other award winning “Dad Blogs” and noticed they didn’t update their blogs that often. I could not believe they were as popular as they were but had little content. I swore up and down that I’d post often and always and I did…pre Grayson! When Gray was born, I finally realized why the other dads out there didn’t blog as much…it was because they were busy being DADS! I realized I wasn’t writing enough my dear friend, David Yanoshik…
  • Your Child’s First Steps – Sooner or Later?

    dadastrophic
    3 Feb 2014 | 9:29 am
    Spending some time with friends recently brought up some interesting baby talk among us.  As I’ve said in previous posts, I have a TON of friends who all got pregnant around the time E and I did. We share a lot of the same stories and ask each other a lot of questions to increase our knowledge in regards to being first time parents.  One thing that came up theother day was when your child will take their first steps.  I remember Grayson crawled for the first time in August of 2013 and took his first steps in mid-December (only weeks before his first birthday).  He’s now…
  • Grayson’s First Birthday – 1.25.14

    dadastrophic
    29 Jan 2014 | 9:04 am
    What a day! I was really nervous on how the day would workout but it was indeed a very nice, intimate first birthday for Grayson. With it being extremely cold this month and we risked the threat of snow, we decided to just have an open house after Grayson’s First Birthday photo shoot.  I’m glad we did because it snowed from 9am to 4pm. The open house was a great idea because people could come and go as they pleased and did not have to come at all if they were concerned about the weather. Gryason started off the morning getting Birthday / Valentine’s Day photos by Nicole…
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  • [E-card] Panic Buttons

    Dad and Buried
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
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  • Lab Brats

    Dad and Buried
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    Over the weekend, I read a couple of parenting articles in The New York Times. It was some intense reading full of hardcore facts and figures and suggestions and techniques, and I came away from it thinking that I have no idea what I’m doing as a parent. Which is totally cool, because I already knew that. It helped to discover that, judging by the articles, no one else knows what they’re doing either. But thank God I don’t believe in parenting experts because even if I did, I have no idea how I’d be expected to even remember all the so-called “best” techniques, let…
  • Life is a Carnival

    Dad and Buried
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
    Everyone knows that living with a toddler isn’t all fun and games. In fact, I’ve spent a fair amount of time whining about the fact that it’s NO fun and games. Today I’m going to let you in on a little secret: it’s SOME fun and games. A lot of it is stressful and loud and crowded and dirty, but the good parts make it all worth it. So, no: living with a toddler is NOT like being in prison (except when it is). It’s actually more like going to an amusement park. Allow me to explain… Thirteen Ways Living with a Toddler is Like Going to an Amusement Park You’ve…
  • Toddlers and Technology

    Dad and Buried
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
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  • Skeletons in the Coffin

    Dad and Buried
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    As I suggested last week, every parent has secrets. Unfortunately, not every parent has a blog via which they can express their innermost feelings under sarcastic cover (I swear!) and therefore escape the wrath of their spouse and children and the authorities. Understanding this, I have created a “Buried Secrets” forum, this well of souls, where any parent who feels the need to can get something off their chest without fear of judgment (you know how we feel about that) or embarrassment or the NSA. Just kidding, I can’t hide from them! Thankfully they already know all of our…
 
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  • Women In Science Infographic

    Joshua Wilner
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:59 pm
    by FFunction. Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually. My daughter and I had a conversation about what women do when they grow up. At almost ten going on 30 I can’t say for certain what she will decide she wants to be when she is really old like me. Becoming a scientist wouldn’t be a bad choice at all. The post Women In Science Infographic appeared first on Joshua Wilner.
  • What Makes A Good ‘About Me’ Page?

    Joshua Wilner
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Pictures help set a tone. You need to decide if you’ll use one or many and determine what sort of ‘look’ you want to show. I am trying to decide if I should add or substitute this picture on my page. You might wonder why someone would introduce themselves as the man who beat up an entire car load of clowns, especially if you were thinking about hiring them as the head lion tamer for your circus. Or maybe not. Maybe you run the ultimate fighting circus and what you are most concerned about is how many clowns were in that car because a man that can beat up a car load of clowns…
  • How Not To Respond To Comments

    Joshua Wilner
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:19 pm
    What is an editorial policy & Should Your Blog Have One? An editorial policy spells out what sort of coverage can be expected and provides more specific details about how you approach your content. It helps everyone understand why your focus might be on XYZ and not PDQ. It can be beneficial for dealing with advertisers, guest bloggers and readers in general. In concept it might offer some assistance with legal matters should they ever arise. I am not an attorney so I can’t tell you how much or how little help it will provide but I can promise you guidelines are useful, especially…
  • 13 Shocking Examples: How Captain America Is Hurting Our Children

    Joshua Wilner
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Captain America (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I wouldn’t blame you at all for being wondering how I could possibly say Cap is hurting our children but some people think not vaccinating their children is protecting them so anything is possible. My son and I continued our tradition of seeing superhero movies together and thoroughly enjoyed Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It was midway through the opening trailers that I started wondering about what affect the movies are having on our children but probably not for the reason some of you are thinking about. I wasn’t concerned about…
  • Treachery on the High Seas Of Web Hosting & Social Media

    Joshua Wilner
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:25 am
    Eighteen years ago I got on an airplane and spent an hour trying to ignore the moronic ramblings of the older man who was sitting next to me. Somewhere in the midst of his unwanted advice I turned to him and asked him if his tie needed to be loosened so that oxygen would reach his brain. Who knew 15 years later that these moronic ramblings  would set me on the path that led me into Treachery on the High Seas Of Web Hosting & Social Media. Self Hosted Blogs and Digital Sharecroppers You don’t have to look hard through the pages here to see I advise against being a digital…
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  • Review: G-360 Workout Gloves by G-Loves

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    When I started my 2014 Fitness Challenge here on THE ROCK FATHER back in January, I didn't realize how hardcore I was going to go with it. Losing weight may have been the primary goal, but getting fit is the ultimate goal - and that's the driving force behind where I'm at now... getting into a normal workout routine, hitting the gym regularly, and working on strength training, which is something that I'd not even thought of since before my first daughter was born back in 2009. For the first time ever, I actually spent time with a personal trainer this week, getting some insight into a solid…
  • Preview: Peter Cullen & Mark Hamill Guest Star on TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS!

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:09 pm
    On April 26, OPTIMUS PRIME (voiced by Peter Cullen) returns to TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS. Also appearing will be actor Mark Hamill (STAR WARS) as Uncle Woodrow, Chief Burns’ adventurous and eccentric younger brother who is convinced there are aliens beneath the earth. The folks at The Hub Network have provided me with a clip of the new episode, which I'm sharing with you tonight, right here on THE ROCK FATHER... Mark HamillPeter CullenRobotsOptimus PrimeTransformers: Rescue BotsTransformersTV for KidsThe Hub NetworkHasbro
  • Apps: MONSTER HIGH Ghouls and Jewels hits the streets...

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Alright, Boils and Ghouls - the folks at Mattel and BluBox Games have released MONSTER HIGH: GHOULS AND JEWELS as an all-new, freemium mobile game, available for iOS (playable on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) via the Apple App Store. Check out the full details below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER... GamingAppleMonster HighMattelMonstersAppsiPad
  • Watch: SUGAR FREE ALLSTARS release Lyric Video for "My Daddy's Record Collection"

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
  • Watch: MILKSHAKE takes their Kindie Groove back to 1975 in "Girls Wanna Dance"

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    MILKSHAKE's 2013 album, GOT A MINUTE? was a favorite hear upon release last year, and now the Baltimore-based Kindie rockers have released a new music video to go along with it. "Girls Wanna Dance" takes the kindie grooves back to 1975 - a time when live bands rocked-out in front of the kids for a truly memorable "school dance" experience. Check out the new video below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER... MilkshakeFamily MusicKindie1970sMusic Videos
 
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    The Talking Dad

  • Disneynature BEARS Free Family Fun Kit and Featurette

    Christopher
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure Bears showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to…
  • GAME OF THRONES S4 Premiere Presented by Comcast’s XFINITY X1

    Christopher
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    Comcast had to twist my arm (no they didn’t) to join them for their grand Game of Thrones season 4 premiere at the Emagine Theatre in Royal Oak last week. It was an event headlined by their cutting-edge XFINITY X1 platform, but also included show memorabilia displays, photo opps and the red carpet treatment. It was that piece of mail that any “blogger-with-a-pop-culture-obsession” hopes to receive: an invitation to experience one of the most ground-breaking television shows on the big screen, Game of Thrones. Not only was I excited at the thought of theater-size…
  • Meet the new Characters in Disney’s PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE

    Christopher
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Disney posted a ton of cool images from the second chapter of PLANES. I’ve posted them ALL below for your enjoyment, but I wanted to give kudos’ to the trailer (see above). An awesome track (courtesy of AC/DC) combined with some fantastic visuals, it appears to be a fantastic entry in the franchise thus far. The Movie PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook)…
  • Giveaway: Win “Rio 2″ Soundtrack and Flying Figure Jewel

    Christopher
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    We recently gave our readers the amazing opportunity to see Rio 2 before it hits theaters this Friday, April 11th. Now we have an awesome giveaway for the biggest fans of Blu and Jewel! The Movie The entire cast of the animated smash RIO returns in RIO 2, and they are joined by a new flock of top actors and musical talents. Rich with grandeur, character, color and music, RIO 2 finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. They encounter a menagerie of characters who are born to be wild,…
  • Honest Trailer for HBO’s Game of Thrones is dead-on accurate! NSFW

    Christopher
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    I can’t even begin to explain my excitement for this coming Sunday! Yeah, I know The Walking Dead is absent until October, but that just means Game of Thrones begins! If you’ve never seen an Honest Trailer from the Screen Junkies, well then you’re in for a real treat! Also, there are spoilers from the first few seasons, so be careful. One last warning: while the explicit content is blocked out…it still would not be a good idea to watch this around children or your boss! From around the web…
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    Life in the Fishbowl

  • The Todd Top Ten of 2013

    Matt Todd
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    OK. So we’re more than a quarter of the way into 2014 and I just realized I never did my Top Ten list of last year. There’s a long list explaining why it took so long to post this, but let’s just say that 2013 was a pretty emotional year. I wasn’t exactly disappointed to see it leave. This list of top things that happened in our family includes stuff that isn’t exactly happy. In fact some of it was downright awful. But it directly impacted our family, so it should be included in this list.So here you go. It’s a not-so-timely look back on the times we…
  • ‘Stevie Shoot a Three Pointer’ – My apologies

    Matt Todd
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    This AP image is from NWITimes.comThere’s been a spike in traffic to my site. I guess you could call it a March Madness spike? I don’t know what to call it. It should probably be something catchy because it happens every year during the NCAA tournament. This year, however, saw a much larger increase in traffic to posts about one topic in particular. It’s probably because of UCLA’s return to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2008. During the month of March, people stumble upon my blog because of this song:Stevie Shoot a Three PointerApparently I’m not the only…
  • Give that boy a hug

    Matt Todd
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:58 am
    As part of our preparation to adopt Little Man, Christy and I attended the Empowered to Connect Conference in St. Louis over the weekend. The conference was intense. It was emotional. It was well worth the time, effort, and energy it took to attend. I’m still processing a lot of the information and trying to implement some of the strategies. It’s going to take some intentionality on my part to make this shift in parenting style. But that’s OK. He’s worth it. So are the rest of our kids.We decided to turn this trip into an extended weekend – kind of a mini…
  • What I hope for Star Wars: Episode VII

    Matt Todd
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    I know I’ve been silent about it for a while, but I must say that I’m quite excited that they’re about to start filming Star Wars Episode VII. And now that I know that it’s supposed to take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, I have to admit that I’m looking forward to seeing some of my favorite characters return to the big screen for one last hurrah.I’m especially looking forward to the return of Jar Jar Binks. That’s right. I’ve dumped Chewie. Jar Jar is my all time favorite Star Wars character. And he would be a great addition to the…
  • This is a test. Please click here.

    Matt Todd
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:09 am
     This is a test. It is only a test. And I need your help with this test. I’m testing stuff like reach and visibility and engagement. To be completely transparent, this is a direct result of this event.If you came to this post because of twitter, tumblr, or some other form of social network, please comment on this post.If you saw this post because of my facebook group, please like that post on the group.If you saw this post because of the Life in the Fishbowl fan page on facebook, please like that post on the page.If you saw this post because of both the fan page and the group,…
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    Tubalub

  • A Modern-Day Love Story

    Kip Durney
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Recently, I sadly lost my grandmother.  Of course losing someone you love is difficult and tragic but the strongest emotions I felt were not of sadness and loss but rather of appreciation and gratitude.  In fact, it was rather a time to to celebrate her life and the family she created with my grandfather.  She was an amazing woman and, well, her story is a modern-day love story to be shouted from the rooftops near and far as we all could learn a thing or two. I was asked to write and share a eulogy at her funeral.  The priest later asked for a copy so that he could share it with newly…
  • True heroes even in the eyes of a 5 year old

    Kip Durney
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:26 am
    Yesterday, I watched from my office window in Cambridge the horror that was taking place just across the river with that sinking feeling that what I was witnessing was going to end horribly. I heard the voices on the scanner, saw the MAYDAY tweets, and watched the flames and smoke violently swirl around that building as the emergency vehicles ascended and ladders extended as they tried so desperately to get it under control. It was hard to watch knowing what was probably happening inside that building. When I got home, I turned on the news. My three young kids were sitting there and knew…
  • 10 1/2 bands your kids need to know

    Kip Durney
    23 Mar 2014 | 12:55 pm
    It would be hard to find someone that doesn’t love music or say that it has not influenced their life in some way. We all are certainly no different. And as parents, it was inevitable that the musical influences with which we grew up would be shared with our children as well. For many of us, music has had an enormous impact and influence on our lives. There were the songs that got us through that first break-up and the loss we felt the first time someone close to us died. There were the songs that made us dance and sing in our bedrooms with the door closed (think Kodachrome) and those…
  • Today, everyone is Irish

    Kip Durney
    18 Mar 2014 | 6:34 am
    Today is St. Patrick’s Day. Yes, its origins stem from the Irish although St. Patrick may not even have been Irish but that’s another story. For the most part, it’s an American tradition to celebrate all things stereotypically Irish: green beer, green rivers, shamrock shirts, dancing, music, hats and beads. I would suggest that today is really not about the Irish exclusively but rather a celebration of being ‘one.’ It is a day to celebrate together regardless of ethnicity, religion, or otherwise. What a novel idea!   You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s…
  • 46 things I wish I knew as an expectant father

    Kip Durney
    4 Mar 2014 | 4:28 pm
    When I first became a dad, I had absolutely no clue what I was doing or what I was in for. In fact, there are some who would argue I’m not in a better place now after 7 1/2 years either but that’s another story altogether and for another time. Having your first child (or children in my case) is as overwhelming as it is exciting. There is no rule or instruction book that comes with each baby. And while most of parenting comes from trial and error and is customized to each wonderfully unique baby, there are some things that I wish I had known back then that would have spared me some…
 
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    A Daddy Blog™

  • HELP…I need a Minimalist Intervetion!

    Michael Schmid
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    No sooner do I write about my attempt at living a more minimal, less acquisition oriented existence, do I find myself lusting after the New 2015 Mini Cooper…
  • Doctor Who—Throne of Swords—Mashup

    Michael Schmid
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    What if Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor Who, landed the TARDIS in the Great Hall of the Red Keep in the city of King's Landing on Throne of Swords? Here what:
  • 5 Surprising Cameos & Easter Eggs in Disney Movies

    Michael Schmid
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    I recently shared an Easter egg showing Rapunzel and Flynn Rider visiting Princess Anna in Arendelle for Queen Elsa’s coronation. That made me wonder if there were other Disney characters visiting each other in films. Here are 5 more such cameos that I found. Have you seen others? Mickey, Donald and Goofy visit King Triton … Continue reading »
  • Rapunzel & Flynn Rider Visit Frozen’s Arendelle!

    Michael Schmid
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:17 pm
    In Disney's Oscar winning movie Frozen, there's a bit of a mash-up in which Rapunzel and Flynn Rider can be seen entering Arendelle for Queen Elsa's coronation…
  • Mommy Meme: KEEP CALM & CARRY DIAPERS…

    Michael Schmid
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Free Parenting Printable: KEEP CALM AND CARRY DIAPERS…and cheerios, wet wipes, a spoon, a binky, a triple latte, formula, purell, Goodnight Moon, a bib, more diapers…
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