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6yo’s EMOTIONAL First-Time Reaction to Return of the Jedi (Video)

Posted by on May 4th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

The love for Luke Skywalker is STRONG with this one! We definitely underestimated the power of his love, and the impact Return of the Jedi would have on him. We were completely taken by surprise by his emotional reaction at the end. (Don’t judge: my wife couldn’t find the remote to pause it!) It was […]

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My Wife Just Said… #262

Posted by on April 25th, 2016, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

“Cuddles. Get ’em when you can.❤” –Avara   The older your kids get, the faster and more painfully distant they can become. I know I’m whiling away the hours and days before my sons push off into the vast seas of young adulthood. They will never know what it’s like to have a father who couldn’t […]

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5 Reasons My Single Mom Helped Me Become A Better Father

Posted by on April 15th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

Last week, I had the privilege of speaking at the White House. From morning until the early evening, we heard from panels of educators, researchers, marketers, brand representatives and parents all talking about the topic of gender disparity and stereotypes that face our children. We heard how girls are driven to great lengths to achieve […]

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Maybe You’re The Problem

Posted by on March 4th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

It’s been weeks of fighting illness in my house, and the hits just keep on coming. We’ve been to doctor’s offices, urgent care lobbies and laid in beds with fevers over 103 degrees. Then my youngest was hit like a freight-train by an 8-year-old on the asphalt jungle of my older son’s school playground during […]

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7 Dads Share Their Movie Inheritance

Posted by on February 25th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

Dads speak in a language all their own. For me and my father, our language was a combination of inside jokes, movie quotes and a shorthand we found from our experiences together. I was thinking about him the other day, all the movies he made me watch and the unique dialect we spoke. We laughed […]

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40 Awesome Things About Andy Herald

Posted by on January 26th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

It’s not often you get to meet people who are that rare combination of funny and smart. They’re like some kind of misunderstood unicorn. It makes you wonder how they managed juggling both traits, which inevitably makes you some form of envious or angry because you’re not quite either of them, and definitely not both. […]

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Villains and Vitality

Posted by on January 15th, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

I don’t really know what to say. We lose people every day, but it’s always a shock to lose people we all know. We collectively gasp and sigh over them. You’d think decades of people dying would train us to understand that it happens, no matter how sudden, but it doesn’t. Not really. Alan Rickman […]

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Morning Swell

Posted by on January 12th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Jan 8, 2016 at 11:51am PST For distinct periods of time as a boy, I can remember my father waking up before dawn, and sometimes his very presence would urge me out of bed. I don’t exactly remember why I knew I had to wake up, or […]

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Flowers & Guns

Posted by on November 18th, 2015, under VIDEOTAPE

In the past week, we’ve seen conversation vary in color, pitch and tone. Humanity has learned, once again, what it means to mourn online. There’s a brackish tide of emotions washing over all of us from all sides. The seas smack against the rocks. Hate spreads and burns us up. Sadness blankets our thoughts. But […]

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Phantom Feelings

Posted by on October 28th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

My older son, Finn, toddles down the stairs at 9:30pm. He’s only been asleep for a couple of hours, but his 6-year-old body is troubling him. “My neck hurts.” He’s in pain, crying. I go to him, confused and sort of surprised, but I’m not sure what the deal is. He’s in pain, and children […]

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