How to Be a Dad

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My Childhood

Walking Amongst Giants

Posted by on June 30th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

Our childhoods are littered with moments when we felt small and everything else felt so big. The movies we watched. The stories we read. The people we met. The relativity of size, distance and depth was always on display, being a little kid person, and it seems many of us have forgotten what it means […]

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Top 25 Cartoon Theme Songs from 80s & 90s

Posted by on March 24th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

Alright. This is a tough, arbitrary list but the criteria the videographer used is fairly clear. That, and it just makes me feel like a kid again. Anything I can do to grab a slice of that feeling of total irresponsibility and free time, I’ll grab it. Enjoy a walk through our childhoods, at least […]

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Ducktales Theme Sung By Movies!

Posted by on November 20th, 2015, under VIDEOTAPE

Who needs a little mental rest stop after the past 7 days? I know I do. Well, YouTuber The Unusual Suspect has provided us with the perfect respite from our daily lives, the headlines and everything in between. If you watched Ducktales as a kid (or a grownup, for that matter), then this will delight […]

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The Best Star Wars Fan Film of the Decade

Posted by on September 24th, 2015, under VIDEOTAPE

Nostalgia can be a powerful ally. When it’s not taking over your life, yearning for the past can electrify the present, and turn imagination into reality. This video is perfect on so many levels. Enjoy! You never know. You may have a little artist or auteur on your hands. The next Abrams, even.

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8 Honest Names for 1980s Toys

Posted by on June 16th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

There were so many toys I wanted growing up. We had a rule, when I was a kid, that we had to sell a toy to get a new one. It was like a strange banking system. Inevitably one of the toys would break, sending the whole system into a tailspin (also, a great reference […]

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7 Things That Scared The Hell Out Of Me As A Boy

Posted by on May 15th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

If you grew up during the 1980s, then you probably were exposed to some crazy stuff. My dad had a bad habit of watching insanely scary stuff around me. I’m definitely more cautious because of it with my kids, but I wonder if everyone had the same insane childhood with television and movies like I […]

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5 Things I Miss About Being Childless

Posted by on April 22nd, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Becoming a parent was one of the most important and transformative things that has ever happened in my life. I can’t understate how much it’s changed me. I don’t think I ever truly understood what it meant to platonically love another human being until I had my boys. That being said… There are moments when […]

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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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50 Most Traumatizing Movie Moments in Kids’ Films

Posted by on March 15th, 2013, under EXTERNAL USE ONLY

I watched WAY too many movies as a kid. Certain movies were in heavy rotation. Others were only hauled out for special occasions. The beauty of finally getting a VHS player was in learning that we only had to run down to the video store or pull out one of the many over-dubbed cassettes with […]

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The Living Tree

Posted by on October 2nd, 2012, under NOTEBOOK

Last night I was reading with my son during our nightly pre-bedtime read marathon. This guy gets bossy in his marshmallow chair. We sat critiquing the various characters and their behavior. There were the obvious socio-environmental questions about The Lorax, the revelation that The Goldbug in Richard Scarry’s books was actually a metaphor for racism and […]

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