Happiest Daddy

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Coding Camp

My kids love playing video games. Which kid doesn’t? At this stage of their lives we restrict their video gameplay to Minecraft, a few old Wii games and some kid-friendly games on pbskids.org. Yet they remain fascinated with gaming and even at 7 and 5 years old, they are well-adapted to computers, smartphones and tablets. […]

Discomfort Tolerance

The other day 7 put on his swim trunks and immediately began complaining. “Daddy, this tag makes me itchy. Ow, ow, ow!” he shrieked. “Ok, pal,” I replied in the calmest tone I could muster, despite the obvious gravity of the situation. “Let me take a look.” 7 shed his clothes and continued complaining. We […]

Take a Knee?

If your social media timelines are anything like mine, yours blew up over the past weekend with people commenting on both sides of the divisive issue over NFL players taking a knee during the singing of The Star Spangled Banner. It’s gotten out of hand and several friends of mine told me they are de-friending […]

Reporting in a Hurricane

There I was, 32 years old, sitting in a news satellite truck with two of my colleagues, feeling the large truck filled with broadcast equipment rocking back and forth in the powerful winds of Hurricane Frances in 2004. We were riding out the storm in Vero Beach. As the truck swayed, we started hearing a […]

Giving Back & Looking Ahead at Hurricanes

As I write this all eyes in my state, Florida, are keeping watch on Hurricane Irma, a nasty storm that experts say may bulk up to a Category 5 monster, fed by the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean, ready to strike the East Coast of the United States by the weekend. That’s scary stuff. […]

Fairness, in the Eyes of a 5-Year-Old

Inevitably, it happens. 7 and 5 will be playing and a conflict will arise. 7 will try to reason with 5 about why he’s correct and 5 will either not understand 7’s conclusion or he won’t want to abide it and the situation escalates. Eventually, the situation will end with someone in timeout and someone […]

A Monumental Conundrum

What should be done with the monuments to Confederate soldiers and warriors erected across the United States? In some cities, like Baltimore, the monuments are coming down. Monuments in New Orleans were brought down amid fanfare and protest. In others, like Tampa, the fight over whether to leave a monument in place or take it […]

After Charlottesville, Read this Book

I watched the events unfold in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend and I was sickened and saddened. But I was not shocked. A simple reading of books like, “The Devil in the Grove,” will prove that. More on that book in a moment. But first, anyone even tangentially familiar with race relations in this country […]

I’m Middle-Aged

In about 5 weeks I will turn 45. 45??? How in the hell did I get to be 45? Wasn’t I just 25? I demand a recount. Maybe those people investigating the President’s claim of rampant voter fraud can look into this age fraud of mine when they’re done. 45 might seem like a benign […]

Why My Kids Will Never Play Tackle Football

The steady drumbeat of negative news about head injuries in the NFL has reinforced my decision not to let my kids play tackle football. Not that my kids have any interest in football, mind you. My oldest recently told me that he’s “not a sports kid” and that “he hates to be outside sweating.” But […]