November 3rd, 2016

Hey Pop, We Went All The Way!

There aren’t many things that connect people like rooting for a sports team does.  It is amazing how for a few precious moments during a crucial game that politics, race, stereotypes, and whathaveyou don’t matter, you can unite for your team and cheer, smile, laugh, and cry.  For 30+ years that’s what I got to [Read More…]

January 15th, 2016

Pre-teens Parsing Politics

My kids get their fill of politics through me.  I try to be very guarded with them about my specific political leanings, so that as we have big events like the State of the Union address, or debates, etc we can discuss what they heard without them feeling like they have to pander to me. [Read More…]

December 4th, 2015

Money, Money, Money (Federal Reserve Museum Dadventure)

No one will ever say of me that I don’t love the city of Chicago! I love the many rich, rewarding experiences it holds for my family, from great food, great art, fun shows, and exciting sports, Chicago is one of my favorite places to be! A little while back the boys spent a day [Read More…]

September 1st, 2015

A “Blue Man” Lesson on Authenticity

When my kids were young we let them listen to music from The Blue Man Group.  My wife and I had gone to see their traveling “Rock Concert” when it came through Salt Lake City.  In my huge CD collection I had their albums “Audio” and “The Complex”.  Both of them fun albums that had a [Read More…]

July 23rd, 2015

Behind the Scenes at a #GlutenFree Bakery

There are many things that I took for granted growing up.  I think we all tend to do that.  I think back to the adventures and field-trips I had as a kid and as long as it didn’t cost too much to go on them I was off (to be honest I really don’t remember how much [Read More…]

June 19th, 2015

My Fatherhood: From last words to no excuses

“There is nothing keeping me here…”   Those were the words my father used to explain his decision to move with his new boyfriend halfway around the world. They were the centerpiece what was to be the last conversation we had, which took place in June 2012.  I have spent countless hours wrestling with those [Read More…]

June 10th, 2015

This book is a big deal to me

Back in 2003… When I had just learned that I was going to be a dad, I did something that came very natural to me.  I decided to learn about being a Dad.  It is my default mode for almost anything new that  I do.  When I engage this mode I generally head to a [Read More…]