Happiest Daddy

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A Visit with Richard

Whenever I visit my in-laws, about 3 hours from where we live, I always make it a point to visit an old friend of mine, Richard, who suffers from dementia. I’ve written about Richard before and our friendship is unique. In 1997, when I was beginning my career, I bought Richard’s old car and that […]

A Stretch A Day Keeps the Injuries Away

Lately I’ve dealing with my old nemesis, my Kryptonite, the enemy that bedevils me every so often forcing me to confront my mortal status — back pain. I’ve written about this before and yet, like a recurring nightmare, here it comes again. For me, my back problems started almost two decades ago after a herniated […]

A Review of Disney’s “Pandora — The World of Avatar”

As you walk into “Pandora — The World of Avatar” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, you are transported to an entirely new world. It is a world filled with suspended mountains, plants that shoot water, strange-looking creatures, fauna that seems to be from a science fiction movie and enough visual treats to keep you […]

Raising a Kid Who’s Never Met a Stranger

We took our kids out to dinner the other day with my in-laws to celebrate our soon-to-be 7-year-old’s birthday and he was in rare, charming form. He chatted up the waitress, impressing her with his questions, knowledge of dinosaurs and Pokemon and his natural, inquisitive nature about everything from the menu to the restaurant’s choice […]

Pop’s Lock

Every once in a while when I want to transport myself to another time and place I have only a short distance to travel. I walk across my room to my dresser and pick up an item that is small and seemingly unimportant. And in the grand scheme of life, it probably is. But for […]

The Missing Spider Web

When we moved into our home in the summer of 2014, one of the first things our sons wanted to do was visit all the parks in our neighborhood. They quickly settled on a favorite — a low-key park with a small playground but one cool, challenging feature — a huge climbing apparatus that looked […]

The Great Escape

A couple of weeks ago my wife and I and our best friends had to do battle against zombies. A few months before that we had to rescue a woman about to be electrocuted by a madman. And a few months before that we had to prevent an outbreak of a deadly chemical jay surely […]

How to Practice Safe Swimming

The stats are stark: Each day, about ten people lose their lives in an unintentional drowning. Out of those ten, two are children age 14 and younger. Those numbers are from the Centers for Disease Control. Think about that — 704 children die each year from an unintentional drowning. How sad. How preventable. As the […]

The Explicit T-Shirt

Parents have a lot to worry about these days — cost of education, keeping kids safe and away from drugs and bad people and making sure they eat healthy foods. Let me add another worry to your plate — the explicit t-shirt. There you are at the park with your kids, playing and having a […]

Blog Hijacked! Family Road Trip

It’s time to “drive” dad crazy! He’s up front driving the car on our first major family road trip during spring break and we’re stuck in the backseat. So, we’re gonna have a little fun. We’re hijacking his blog and talking about our travels. Dad’s been gearing up for this family road trip for months. […]