June 23rd, 2016

Quickie: Spray Tans

Driving home from the city we passed a billboard advertising spray tans at a local tanning salon chain here.  My youngest (California-raised) boy had questions… 10 yo: What’s a spray tan? Me: People go into a tanning salon and basically have their skin sprayed a little darker. 10 yo: like spray painting? Me: Yeah, they [Read More…]

My Sons Shoes

May 11th, 2016

Where will the feet that fill these shoes go?

I found myself looking at this pair of shoes left in front of the sink in our bathroom last week and I had an awful moment of enlightenment.  They fit snuggly on the feet of  my 12 year-old son.  As I stood there looking at them I could almost see him standing there looking into [Read More…]

April 22nd, 2016

Quickie: No Time For Love

Talking to my youngest after his soccer practice the other day while he dribbled his soccer ball around our room, my wife said out loud that she loved me, which usually elicits a groan or some other show of disgust from him. This time his response was: I’m fine if people are in love… I [Read More…]

Fatherhood is Magic

April 16th, 2016

Fatherhood is Magic

I am watching my boys grow at a spectacular rate. Spectacular because they are growing big, strong, and healthy, but at the same time they just keep growing. Relentless in this goal  to break free of the title of my “little boys”.  That time will be here sooner than I know it and part of [Read More…]

Winning well means not always winning

March 8th, 2016

You can’t win ’em all… If you want to win well.

I love playing chess. It is fun solving a puzzle that reacts to each move you make. You have to consider at each move what it could mean three or four moves later.  Just because you can take a piece doesn’t mean you should and just because you like a certain piece doesn’t mean you [Read More…]

February 29th, 2016

Episode 9: Go Take a Flying Leap… Year!

What is a leapling… Did the Egyptians really celebrate leap year, and what happens when a woman in Finland proposes marriage to a man on Leap day?  Pat and I dig into the history and mythology of the leap year… Happy February 29th

Swearing

February 25th, 2016

I’m Teaching My Kids to Swear

I have given up on watching my language around my kids.  I don’t let them swear though and I have no problem with the double standard either.  I have friends on both sides of the fence on this issue. Some are very careful about every word that comes out of their mouths and vigilant about [Read More…]