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Real Men Watch Downton Abbey

Just so we're clear, I'm a bit of a manly man - consider the following proof points: I started shaving in pre-school and my voice changed in kindergarten. When I sweat, it's 70% pure testosterone, 10% 30W motor oil and 15% bacon grease. My body is so covered with hair that evolutionists continually try to recruit me as a missing link. Most guys have one Y chromosome from their dad, I've got seven. I'm not bragging, I'm just making a point that I'm over indexed when it comes to … [Read more...]

Working 9 to 5…with kids in tow

Yesterday was "Take Your Child to Work" day. My current employer has a minimum limit of seven years of age before a child can participate, and I had the wonderful opportunity of taking both our girls for the first time. The idea behind the initiative is to not only give kids a glimpse into how their parents earn a living, but to demonstrate the importance of education as well as work-life balance. Before we set out, my wife snapped the photo to the left of us all - dressed for a day at … [Read more...]

Hilarious Words With Kids

Humorist Art Linkletter is most well known for his popular broadcast program Kids Say the Darndest Things, which ran from the 1940s through the 1960s. However, beyond merely saying the darndest things, sometimes kids DO the darndest things that have no existing description within the English language. How do parents convey these unexplanable antics??? Enter Eric Ruhalter's book The Kid Dictionary - hilarious words to describe the indescribable things kids do. Ruhalter is a father of … [Read more...]

Feeding Your Kid’s Dream or Delusion

This is a new article I wrote for Technorati.com: I loathe the show American Idol – mainly because of the cattle call auditions where the program travels from city-to-city in search of contestants. Conversely, millions of viewers love those auditions because the majority of the wannabe performers are so pitifully pitch deaf that they’re akin to an auditory car crash. People can’t turn away from a car crash – they have to ogle it. In the case of Idol’s auditions, the … [Read more...]

Olympic Gold Medal…in Parenting

Opening ceremonies for the  2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held on the last Friday in July. For each athlete who competes this year,  years of sacrifice, dedication, commitment and training will culminate as they represent their respective country in the global event. An often overlooked element of the athletes is their parents. Almost every Olympic athlete credits their parents for helping them achieve their aspirations, for helping them persevere and overcome adversity. Perhaps … [Read more...]

Our Pregnancy Update – Week 30

The arrival of our new baby boy is approximately 10 weeks away and we’re thrilled as the due date draws near. Our son continues to grow and seems to have some sort of 24/7 dance party going on in my wife's uterus because he is constantly moving! Perhaps he's piping in dance tracks from some international-techno- rave party DJ such as Armin van Burren or Teisto! Regardless, he'd give that creepy dancing baby from Ally McBeal a run for the money. Here’s the latest developmental … [Read more...]

The One Trait Every Writer Needs

There are as many different attributes of great writing as there are great writers. Many writers have a knack for dialogue. Others have a gifting for character development. Some are expert researchers. While other creatives have a penchant for captivating storytelling and conveying novel ideas. And then there are those that just seem born with an innate ease and unexplainable talent for connecting with readers - this type of writer galls me! That doesn't even address the obvious … [Read more...]

Writing Lessons From the Newsroom

Jeff Goins is a friend of mine and he has a wildly popular, fast-growing blog called Goins Writer where he blogs about better story telling; unleashing creativity; tapping inspiration; writing purely - as well as a host of other topics. He's also written The Writer's Manifesto as well as his forthcoming nonfiction book titled Wrecked. Today, he's graciously featuring a guest post I wrote titled  - Writing Lessons From the Newsroom. Here's an … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey Parody: Downton Arby’s

This past weekend, my wife and I started watching the first season of the popular PBS series Downton Abbey via Netflix. I was a bit skeptical at first because I've never been a big fan of the idea of government subsidized television. But the pilot episode made me a believer. The program is set in 1912 Britian and the underlying premise is that the sinking of the Titanic has taken the lives of the two heirs of the aristocratic estate of the Earl and Countess of Grantham. By law, the … [Read more...]

Titanic Memorial Cruise and 5 Worse Ideas….

Titanic Mania April 15th marks the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated sailing and sinking of the "unsinkable" Titanic, which rammed into an iceberg nearly a century ago. Here are some interesting facts surrounding that horrific tragedy that you might have forgotten. Of the 1517 people who perished in the sinking of the Titanic, only 306 bodies were recovered. The largest percentage of survivors came from first class passengers. Even though directions had been given for women … [Read more...]