Happiest Daddy

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The Return of Summer

A few weeks ago my oldest, 7, asked me an important question: “Dad, why can’t you get one of those jobs where you have summers off?” I was touched not only because he wants me around while he’s on summer break but also because he’s deeply connected to our family unit and he’s thinking in […]

Little Time, Big Impact

As I left for work the other day, I had two large objects attached like Velcro to my legs. They were my children, 7 and 5, begging me not to leave. “Don’t go, Daddy,” my oldest implored. “Yeah, Daddy, stay home and play with us,” my youngest lamented. I’ll say one thing for my kids […]

My Least Favorite Parenting Chore

Like every parent, I’ve dealt with a plethora of parenting challenges. I’ve changed diapers which contain the smell of a large landfill. I’ve been awakened hundreds of times from a peaceful sleep. I’ve had all regions of my body stomped on, stepped on and punched. But the one parenting chore that I truly despise above […]

Get Your Podcast On

Just when I got a handle on my out-of-control television addiction along comes another entertainment option to divert my attention away from work, chores, exercise and my wife and children: podcasts. The podcast-verse is exploding with incredible content and your only limitation is your own imagination in terms of what to listen to and when. […]

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 […]