Jared Tullos

Husband and Father to 3. Doodler, Tinkerer, Stinkerer. Regional Standout in Staying Alive the Goodest. As a Southern country boy living in the city, I have experienced both the horror of gridlock traffic and the hilarity of seeing a chicken eat a snake.

Posts by Jared Tullos

Caution! Beware of “You’re a Good Dad.”

I chat regularly with my neighbor Peggy about things–the neighborhood, the weather, her grandkids, our kids, sharing hedge trimming expenses–Normal neighbor stuff. On one particular day, she and I talked at length about what my life was like as a stay at home dad and how I handle certain situations with the kids. The weather […]

We Went To Camp This Year…

…All of us actually. Our outdoor time this year has been pretty limited due to the fact that my wife is 7 months pregnant and hot-natured. As pregnant as she is, she would still do anything to see to it that our babies are not deprived of childhood rites of passage, like going to summer […]

On Turning 30

I turned 30 in October. While I am not one of those who lament the aging process, I am trying to get my mind around everything that is turning 30. Whether you are right there with me, well past it, or approaching it, won’t you join me in rationalizing this glorious yet confusing milestone? Here […]

Chunkin’ the Funk: How I Beat the Blues With 20 Words

Who got tha funk? We got tha funk! HHHAYYY…Get down…Get Funkay… Turn Around…a-Good God Y’all. Keep goin’ down…and a-goin’ down…and a-goin’ down…Now STOP! Thanks, Funkmeister. That will be enough. I have had plenty of funk for the time being. Man, I have really been in the dumps lately–in a funk–in a windstorm of insanity. I […]


“Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”   The above is a famous quotation by Benjamin Franklin (taken from a play called “The Cobler of Preston”) in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789. […]

No Right Age to Start a Family

I was 20 years old when my wife and I got married, and it all happened very quickly. We met in college, and it only took us 3 months after we started dating to figure out that we wanted to spend our lives together. We were married in less than a year. When we became […]

Southern Rock and Winning in Dadhood

The biting yet soulful sounds of an electric guitar hammer out of the car speakers, bemoaning tragedy and heartache. A seedy, wise-beyond-its-years voice spins tales of drug abuse and friendly caution. I hit the gas pedal. My lip curls, and my head nods to the beat of the music. I check the rear-view mirror. There […]

Brown Chicken Brown Cow

It is a common phrase in our house. I even taught it to my 5-year-old. He loves to say it over and over again when I bring it up. It just takes saying it one time to get him going. “Brown chicken brown cow! Brown chicken Brown COW!” He bebops through the house, laughing at […]

A Kid’s Perspective

“Daddy, you’re almost as tall as the ceiling,” said my 5 year old, with the enthusiasm of a scientist who has discovered a new planet. “No I’m not. See, look,” I said. I reached my arms up to the ceiling so that he could see the gap between the top of my head and the […]