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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

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  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

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    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

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    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

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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

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  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

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  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 […]

Farewell David Letterman

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Tonight is the last night of The Late Show with David Letterman. I honestly feel the show should’ve ended 10 plus years ago. The past decade Letterman has reminded me of an employee who just phones it in every day and politically protects his domain while adding little to no value to an organization (network […]

The State of Dad Blogging

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Before I begin, I realize it’s somewhat presumptuous for anyone to speak as an authority on a topic. I’m really not a dad blogger authority but I think I have some credentials in the blogosphere. For those who don’t know, I’ve been in the blogging game for over 10 years and have done it personally and […]