A Serious Case of the Mondays


Some Mondays are worse than others. Welcome to mine. Things started off well for this unsuspecting Daddy. A live-chat with my hosting provider unstuck my web sites from the cyber-muck. No extra fees … no need to enter the labyrinth that is the modern web site to fix things myself. I chalked it up as […]

What Dads Can Learn from ‘Sky Captain’ Catastrophe


Every father should tell his children about one of the biggest box office duds of the past 25 years. “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” isn’t “Ishtar” level awful. It’s actually a breezy romp with some big name stars – Angelina Jolie, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow. That’s not the part that should grab […]

Crash, Bernstein and the Death of Masculinity


Are my kids manly enough to watch “Crash and Bernstein?” The bigger question remains … does our culture want them to be? The Disney XD series, featured on Netflix’s streaming service, follows a pair of best friends. One of them happens to be a puppet, but we’re all a little different, right? The show’s setup […]

7 Great Toys for Outdoor Summer Fun


(Guest Post by Laurie Leahey) Summer is here, and parents can take advantage of all season has to offer by giving their children the season’s best outdoor toys. Kids will be antsy to play with these fun toys that get the body moving as they release their pent-up energy from winter. Bump ‘n Bubbles Robot from […]

Dad to Dad: ‘Worry No More’ Author Bruce Van Horn


I spent an hour this week talking with a dad I never met before via Skype. Why? It’s never a bad idea to share tips with a fellow father. It’s even better when the dad in question has so much wisdom to share. Inspiration is the fuel that keeps this dad going. An occasional adult […]

Is My Western Diet Killing Me?


One of the perks of being a dad is it forces you to become a better person. A more frazzled and forgetful person, but I digress. Which means I’ve been re-examining my diet of late. I’ve never been a health nut. I’m also not the dad that gives you the condescending stink eye when you […]

Why I Need Solo Time with Hannibal Lecter

Hannibal Lecter is ruining my marriage. My latest nighttime ritual is watching at least one episode of “Hannibal,” the just-canceled NBC series, on my Kindle tablet. The show examines the early years of the fictional cannibal, detailing how he once worked closely with law enforcement to capture other serial killers. All the while he stayed […]

Dear Alcohol: It’s Not You. It’s Me


I think it’s time we had a talk, old friend. We go way back, but I don’t need to tell you that. We met a little later than expected, but when we finally got introduced in college it was buzz at first sight. You helped me make new friends, reduced my nerves when approaching beautiful strangers […]

Take Me Out Coach, I’m Not Ready to Play


Babe Ruth once pointed to the center field seats before launching one of his epic home run blasts. I should have grabbed my right arm and motioned for the skipper the last time I hit the diamond. Yes, I’m still playing softball at 46. And I’m feeling every year of it. Getting injured in softball is […]

Forgetting My Dad on Father’s Day


My memory is as unpredictable as a “Game of Thrones” finale. Mommylibrium constantly ribs me about how I’m always forgetting things. I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember, no pun intended. I’m a combination of “Rain Man” and the neighbor who can’t remember to bring in your garbage cans when you’re […]