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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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A Toddler’s Guide to Being a Helpful Passenger

Posted by on December 28th, 2016, under INSTRUCTIONAL DIAGRAMS

Driving with kids can be rough. Quite often “rough” like wearing a potato sack for underwear on a 10 mile marathon. They really do make it interesting at any age. When they’re little bundles of burps, it can be surprise diaper blowouts, random screaming and begging for you to hand them this, that and everything. […]

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My Wife Just Said… #278

Posted by on August 15th, 2016, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

Summer vacation has wrapped up for most of us, or it’s probably on its way out. We tried to plan a couple of summer experiences, getting away from our home, and this feeling was never more obvious than in the first few days of traveling. To her credit, my wife is a great planner and […]

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My Wife Just Said… #276

Posted by on August 1st, 2016, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

Sometimes my Irish heritage makes me a perfect target for teasing. For example, if I were to wear all white out to public places, there’s a very good chance people would arrest me for public nudity. When I got out in the sun, people ask if I’m a vampire with chicken pox. We went to […]

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Why Do People Think This Is Okay?

Posted by on June 14th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK, VIDEOTAPE

Before I had kids, I certainly experienced moments lamenting sitting next to upset, crazy or scream-o-crying children. I would glance over and hope, nay pray, they’d quiet down. Screaming kids and babies can feel grating to your soul. Hell, I would huff under my breath or roll my eyes, judgmentally. It’s frustrating to be near […]

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Travel the World in 3 Minutes

Posted by on February 23rd, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

My childhood was filled with experiences that shaped my understanding of the world. As we traveled, the canvas of my life was stretched wider and more broadly. It’s hard to convince someone they should see more of the world when they’re comfortable where they are. More often than not, we’re just trying to overcome our […]

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Places I Want To Live: Treehouses in Sweden

Posted by on January 21st, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

I wanted to start a series about places I would love to live, or where I dream about one day settling down one day. Episode one, today, is in Sweden. It’s a really cool idea. I’ve always loved forests and the trees. Always. I may be part elf. I haven’t done the DNA test yet. […]

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That Time We Almost Didn’t Come Back

Posted by on July 10th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

They say the sea was where we started. And some of us yearn to go home. My father, when I was a boy, always talked about buying a boat, teaching us some knots and setting out toward the sunset. He would come back from a trip to the Caribbean and other glassy, warm waters, and […]

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My Witch Just Said… #218

Posted by on June 22nd, 2015, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

“DIAGON ALLEY!!! I’m never coming home. Seriously, I almost cried when we entered.” –Avara   Courage. Compassion. Imagination. Friendship. Achievement. Books can help unlock these ideals in ways no amount of conversation or browbeating could ever hope to accomplish. We’re big storytellers at our house. As Finn got older, I felt an internal countdown to being […]

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6 Crazy Stages of Gambling on a Cruise

Posted by on March 31st, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

The rad people at Carnival Cruise Lines paid my way and sent me on a voyage to the Caribbean last week, so I could showcase all the fun and frolic available at sea on their cruise line, but something unimaginably crazy happened… The cruise was very rad, food, fun, drinks, sun, blah blah blah, but […]

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