Raising My Kids to Ignore the Hate


I’m a child of the 80s. It was the age of Aqua Net, Z Cavaricci, and Doc Martins — sometimes all on the same day. I wore polka dot dress shirts, crimped my hair, and wore eyeliner (even if it was just once at a nightclub.) Being a kid who was more interested in music […]

All Things Must Pass, Except My Love for Music


Last Thursday night was pretty special. The original Los Angeles Sunset Avenue Tower Records location was brought back to life for one evening of music to celebrate the release of All Things Must Pass a new documentary from director Colin Hanks. I remember going here in the late 80s and early 90s; though, I spent more […]

The Problem with Playtime Isn’t Video Games; It’s Structured Play

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A granola company wants you to make sure our families are not the last generation to get out and enjoy nature.  This is the insight of the latest campaign from Nature Valley called #RedescoverNature.  It begins with grandparents sharing what they did as kids including fishing, berry picking and other outdoor activities.  We then hear from […]

LEGO Star Wars the Gateway to the Star Wars Universe

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There are a few moments in my life where I experienced some amazing unforgettable moments in film, music and art that is unique to many.  One example, is having seen Nirvana live twice on what none of knew was their last tour ever.  Another was fulfilling an amazing moment seeing The Police reunite and having […]

Go Skateboarding Day June 21


  Times have changed since I was a skateboarder in the mid-1980s. Of course a lot of other things have changed too like Madonna is 56 years old, BMW makes electric cars, and cellphones aren’t the size of shoeboxes and are used mostly to play video games not make phone calls. Okay, so enough old […]

First Fatherhood Moments


    This week Dove Men+Care launched a new commercial “First Fatherhood Moments” as part of their larger #RealStrength campaign focusing on dads. It’s a look at the emotional impact one gets when a man realizes he is going to be a dad. There is a full range of emotions in the ad from celebration, […]

A Father’s Day Gift Guide


    There are a lot of lists for Father’s Day and I can honestly say not one of them had more than one thing worth considering.  Here is my take on what to get dad at a variety of price points. Gifts are fine, but many of us just want to enjoy a day that […]

Inspiring Future Robot Builders at DARPA Robotics Challenge


We had an amazing Saturday thanks to a tip from one of Theo’s classmate’s mom.  There was a robot competition happening last Friday and Saturday between International teams with $3.5 million in prize money. The Robotics Challenge is one that has a real impact beyond the competition itself. The competition is really about improving technology in disaster […]

Adventures in Pinewood Derby Racing


  For many years I would not consider letting the boys join Cub Scouts. The reason was the organization’s stance against allowing gay members from joining, that policy ended in 2013 and our boys joined scouts last year. What I didn’t realize is that there is still in-place today a policy against allowing gay leaders. Hopefully, that […]

Strawberry Fields and Getting to Know Your Food


  With the long three day Memorial weekend, we were kind of struck with what to do since we didn’t head out of town or had any big plans for the holiday. Saturday we saw the film Tomorrowland which the boys liked but I started to fall asleep during. Sunday and Monday were blank canvases […]