My Dad, ‘The Rockford Files’ and Losing James Garner

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The death of veteran actor James Garner made me mourn the loss of my father all over again. The star of “The Rockford Files” never met me or my dad. We had no connection, family or otherwise. My Dad and I just watched “The Rockford Files” religiously during my formative years. The show’s theme song, [...]

‘Sex Tape’ Offers True Love in Era of Compromised Morals

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What married parent can’t relate to the couple at the heart of “Sex Tape?” Yes. “Sex Tape” the movie. The comedy stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as a formerly hot and heavy couple who rarely have sex now thanks to their harried existence. That’s a fancy way of saying they have children. They decide [...]

Don’t Make These Mistakes on Your Next Family Hike

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Few things bring us closer together than a family hike. Assuming, that is, the hike isn’t filled with whining kids, empty stomachs and sunburns. Daddylibrium spent part of the weekend in Nederland, Colo. hiking in the Indian Peak Wilderness area. All, miraculously, went well after some early hiccups. Live and learn … from our mistakes. [...]

Missing Fathers Leave Their Mark with ‘Boyhood’ Movie

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Ethan Hawke plays a father who abandons his son in “Boyhood.” For the actor, a child of divorce, the material hit close to home. Ellar Coltrane, who shot the film over a span of 12 years to capture his actual transition into adolescence, is the titular “boy.” The character’s father (Hawke) checked out some time [...]

Counseling Stigma Costs Parents as Well as Children

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The thought of discussing our son’s temper tantrums with a professional filled me with hope. Some of our friends had a different reaction. Several well-meaning chums offered other solutions over counseling. Read this book. Check out that web site. Stay the course. That’s a sign that even with an educated peer group fear and mistrust [...]

‘Escape’ from Amusement Park Hell

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My last amusement park ride left me both scared and exhilarated. A few minutes later, I emptied my stomach out behind some shrubs. That was roughly 32 years ago. Yesterday was the Fourth of July, and the promise of a fireworks display forced me and my brood to Elitch Gardens in Denver. Normally, Mommylibrium takes [...]

Is ‘Little Boy’ 2015′s Must-See Movie for Fathers?

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Fathers rarely get their close-up on the big screen. Yes, we’ve seen tearjerkers (“The Champ”), triumphs (“Kramer vs. Kramer”) and cautionary tales (“The Great Santini”) from Hollywood, but today’s theaters are filled with superhero movies and reboots, not odes to fatherhood. Next year promises something different. “Little Boy,” starring Kevin James, Michael Rapaport, Tom Wilkinson [...]