How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

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Our commentary, our experiments, our failures (more often than not) and our experiences in the field. Except for the ones our wives won’t let us share. This is our lives as dads.

A Letter From My Dead Father

Posted by on February 25th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK, SNAPSHOTS

I often ask myself why I write here. Who is this for? Do I think it’s even worth reading? This kind of writing can feel like the most self-centered exercise ever undertaken and I surely don’t post enough cat pictures or gossip to compel people to return. But today’s worth it. The reason, I’ve found […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Famed Humorist Found with Banana in Compromising Position

Posted by on February 19th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

:: For immediate and premature release. :: Famed Humorist Found with Banana in Compromising Position Noted author, designer, illustrator and humorist, Andy Herald, was found this morning in a compromising position with a tropical fruit. Herald, a native Los Angeleno and pious wearer of iPod/iPhone earbuds, is well-known for his “instructional diagrams” and use of […]

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Notice Anything Different, Honey?

Posted by on February 18th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Hands on buzzers, people. What’s the exciting play-at-home game show of observation, memory and panic most couples have played, where one person is the unwitting contestant (or defendant) and the other person is host (or prosecutor) as well as being the game show board itself? It’s called Notice Anything Different, Honey? Let me explain. One […]

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Guess that Movie Line Love Note!

Posted by on February 14th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

  Romantic movie quotes can make their way into our hearts, woven into the sweet nothings we whisper in each other’s ears – a passionate declaration, a tear-jerking promise, a sweet inside joke – an actor’s lines can become like mottos for our love. Here are some of Cupid’s favorite movie quotes. How many of […]

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In the Name of our Fathers

Posted by on February 11th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

It was a cold, windy day on the grassy plains overlooking a beach in San Francisco. The wind filled sails and people sat bundled up, pretending it was a summer afternoon. San Francisco had that effect on people. It was anything they wanted it to be. My father jogged over to a payphone, pulled a […]

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5 Reasons Your Wife Hates You

Posted by on February 7th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Marriages can be tough. Heck, working together with human beings in any capacity can be rough business, but in this case you’re jumping into the foxhole with someone who splits electricity bills with you and sees your junk constantly. Or less constantly, depending on your foxhole schedules. I’ve been with my partner in crime for […]

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Nude Tax Advice

Posted by on February 6th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Like two children squirming in front of the principal, my wife and I sat beside each other in front of our accountant’s slab of a desk. Going over all our papers for filing, he gave us some really good news about a specific point. We looked at each other and chuckled with relief, and I […]

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Live as if Every Moment… You Were a Muppet

Posted by on January 30th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

It’s easy to fall into routines. Routines are useful, but they can also wear ruts into the path of anyone’s life. It can be hard to stop and smell the roses or do our thinking outside of boxes. This is all too true for parents. Boxes are all that keeps us from drowning in books […]

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Missing Pieces, Part 2

Posted by on January 15th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Continuing the epic saga of how my wife and I met all those years ago. If you haven’t read part one, just go here. Okay? So, we spoke by Instant Message, because we’re a cliched generation of internet users and “You’ve Got Mail” watchers, to set up a time to meet. We figured a public […]

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Welcome to Single Parenthood?

Posted by on January 10th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Growing up, the thought that my parents weren’t married didn’t really change my life. Sure, we went to my grandparent’s church a couple of times and I wasn’t allowed to eat a special cracker, but they loved each other. That was good enough for me. I was seven years-old when they broke up. It didn’t […]

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