How to Be a Dad

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Not Throwing Away Our Shot

Posted by on February 1st, 2017, under SNAPSHOTS

A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Jan 29, 2017 at 10:06am PST My son fumbled through rap verses of “My Shot” from the musical Hamilton a couple nights ago. He just saw the play in NYC. Orchestra section. You can hear the jealousy in my voice, right? Well, he’s showing us how young, […]

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Dreams Within Dreams

Posted by on January 26th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

Even when she's sleeping, she's running through my mind. And yes, she's holding the phone waiting for me to come home. A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Jan 25, 2017 at 8:52pm PST I remember being a young boy and waking up suddenly in the middle of the night. I was always so […]

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Words Mean Nothing

Posted by on January 20th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

If you can’t see what’s there, go here to reveal what’s behind it. If you squint your eyes hard enough you can see past the words. Past the assembly of letters and into the wordless feelings inside. Like a speech with no meaning. Like a campaign promise for the sake of itself. I wonder, these […]

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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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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 Rogue Ones

Posted by on November 11th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

Thank you to Verizon for giving me the opportunity to geek out over Star Wars. Though this is a paid partnership, I would’ve been writing about it regardless because that’s just how big of a nerd I am. I am seriously just this excited about it. If you’re a Star Wars fan like me, you’ve […]

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Say Goodnight

Posted by on November 9th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

I don’t feel like being funny or clever or inspirational or right or wrong or angry or sad or political or fatherly or parental or protective or judgmental. Donald Trump is a joke. But it’s never been funny. Sorry, America. I’m tired. I’m going to pick my kids up from school. I’m going sit with […]

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Always With You

Posted by on October 20th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

INT. BEDROOM – NIGHT FINN is lying in a bottom bunk, the faint glow of a nightlight on his face. His brother is already asleep in an adjacent crib. His father approaches to give him a kiss and a hug goodnight. Finn clasps his hands around his father’s neck, unremitting. FINN Don’t go. Finn stares […]

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Seven

Posted by on October 6th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

My son turned seven yesterday and I don’t know exactly why but I’m feeling this birthday more intensely. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s grown to more than half my size or that he’s the age when my life dramatically changed, but there’s something unique about this year of his life. I’ve been capturing my […]

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