How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

Back in the Saddle

Posted by on January 18th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Jan 18, 2017 at 1:48pm PST The next four days, kid. You and me. On our own. My wife and older son are heading to New York tomorrow for four days to go on an adventure. My wife rarely gets to travel let alone have time with […]

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My Wife Just Said… #300

Posted by on January 16th, 2017, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

We have some weird traditions in our household. We hug a lot. We cry together. We talk a lot. We’ve been talking more openly and specifically about equality. In a few days, my wife and son are going to New York. It will be my son’s first time. While I will be here with my […]

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A Super Mario Bros History

Posted by on January 12th, 2017, under VIDEOTAPE

My childhood was pretty damn fun. Sure, there were hard moments but for every rough spot, there’s an equal and opposite bright spot. One of those bright spots was a game called Super Mario Bros. For those uninitiated few, this was the story of a plumber trying to save a princess from an evil dude/lizard/thing. […]

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How To Get Rid Of A Christmas Tree

Posted by on January 10th, 2017, under VIDEOTAPE

A couple nights ago I fought against the angry porcupine that is my Christmas tree. It started when I told my tree, “Hey, Tree. I’m gonna take the lights off your branches now, cool?” It was not cool. Two strands of lights and millions of dagger quills in my body, I finished up. But that […]

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Things I Wish I Had As A Kid: Nerf Armory

Posted by on January 6th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

Childhood is a time for dreams and imagination. For me, that included a heavy dose of lightsabers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles accessories and nerf weaponry. I’d battle my friends every day in various narratives and locations, dueling until the sun went down. But I never had something to house and organize all my cool gadgets. […]

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Moms Get A Different Kind Of Makeover

Posted by on January 4th, 2017, under VIDEOTAPE

So, listen. I’ve posted about feeling frumpy and ugly before. Becoming a parent can wreak havoc on your self-confidence. The sleep-deprivation and physical demands of pregnancy let alone what happens when they arrive, well, they’re no joke. So, I have a tendency to get a little judge-y and snarky about young people now. It’s like […]

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My Wife Just Said… #298

Posted by on January 2nd, 2017, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

Both of our kids have had hair that made Tarzan looks like a corporate officer. For some reason, my wife just hated cutting their hair. I can’t blame her because she made two cute, little hippies but there was a varying amount of confusion about them because of their hair. Sure, we joke about man […]

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The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For…

Posted by on December 29th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

New Year’s Eve is almost upon us. Yes, the start of a new year and a chance to rekindle our hopes for all the things. So much is riding on this moment. What if this year isn’t better? What if we fail on our resolutions? The pressure mounts. But what if it’s just another tick […]

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The Best Carrie Fisher Interview

Posted by on December 27th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

I didn’t really know what to post today. I’m pretty stunned by the news that Carrie Fisher has passed away despite early reports of her improvement. In certain respects, I shouldn’t necessarily be entirely surprised. She liked to joke around a lot about her health, her addictions, the pitfalls she’d faced — and it just […]

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What If ‘Santa Clause’ Was A Horror/Thriller?

Posted by on December 23rd, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

I do enjoy the holidays so very much. But there comes a time when people need to ease up on the throttle just a bit. The holiday spirit is a little overwhelming, honestly. So many people to think of and consumerism. Finding joy is important but it has be an authentic experience that’s self-determined, not […]

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