I’m Taking My Kids to Nicaragua

American culture has become one of divisive inflammatory rhetoric. Somehow we have come to the collective conclusion that in order to like something, you must hate everything else. If I like blue, that means I am anti-green. If I enjoy apples, then I hate oranges. I am either a dog person or a cat person. […]

Baseball Cards: Grab onto your youth

My Uncle Irv was the wacky uncle in the family. The fun uncle. He had a master’s degree in Library Science so he knew stuff. Tons of stuff, cool stuff, as befits an uncle who knew Miles and Coltrane before they were cool. He took karate before martial arts were mainstream. He was into Zen […]

My Interview With Myself as a New Dad

If I knew then what I know now…  At least that’s the idea. If we had our current knowledge in the past, we wouldn’t fall into the patterns we fall into time and time again. These patterns are strong and difficult to break. Many times we don’t recognize the patterns because they reoccur is different […]

The Dad-Lens

When you’re 23, you look at life through a Celestron NexStar pointed towards the sky. “When I’m 30, I want to be there,” you say, as you gaze at Deneb, perhaps 7,000 light-years away. You point the scope toward some fainter star, perhaps Alnilam in the belt of Orion “And when I’m forty, I’ll be […]

Donald Trump Parenting

I’m not much of a fan of Donald Trump the Presidential candidate.  But as a parent, I’ve taken a lot of what he says to heart.  I’ve spent the past eight years parenting my own way, and while things look rosy from the outside, if you dig deeper… the reality is, my kids just aren’t […]

How to Teach Your Children to Be Safe

Parents are constantly fighting an uphill battle when it comes to guaranteeing the safety of their children. Teaching them how to navigate the world around them and make good choices is very important to their wellbeing and there is no substitute for proper instruction. These are some of the most important rules to teach your […]

Claiming Your Parental Rights as a Father

Every expectant parent, regardless of gender, starts out with the same legal rights and responsibilities. Mothers and fathers have a fundamental right when it comes to directing the upbringing of their children, a right that includes educational choices and (within reasonable bounds) caregiving decisions. Parents share these rights, and also share legal responsibilities to their […]

In Defense of Pet Owners

My family had a cat when I was very young. It was a ginger tabby by color but it was a stray that my parents took in, so I’m not really sure what breed it was. My parents named it Rambam, after the famous rabbi and doctor of the Middle Ages, Maimonides.1 Ginger tabbies apparently […]

4 Cities to Raise Active Children

Children and adolescents should engage in at least one hour of age-appropriate physical activity per day, recommends the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in its Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. This should include aerobic, muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening activities. Unfortunately, only one in four teenagers get the recommended amount of exercise, according to the […]

200 Words on Two Reality TV Shows

Last week, I watched, on purpose, Keeping Up with the Kardashians and  Chrisley Knows Best. I fully understand the appeal of E! News. It’s Sportscenter for people intrigued by fashion and TV/movie stuff. But the appeal of this garbage baffles me. On the Kardashians, there are three types of segments. 1) These Kardashians (weren’t Cardassians […]