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Posted by on November 13th, 2018, under NOTEBOOK

I won’t say I had the “rare” opportunity to meet Stan Lee, because the man was a famously extroverted character, and he saw and met an unbelievable amount of humanity in his 95 years. But our meeting was rare for me. The year was 1987 and I was (11 years young) already ferociously addicted to […]

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Goodnight, Butt

Posted by on January 26th, 2018, under NOTEBOOK

It’s easy to get laughs making jokes about how horrific kids can be about going to bed, and it can be throbbing-forehead-vein frustrating when it’s so late you know with dread that they’re just going to rise like cranky zombies at their usual butt crack of dawn. But there are also those really sweet moments. […]

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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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Recognizing Your Parents…

Posted by on September 30th, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

Arden, I've had this beard for 99.9999% of your little life. Honestly, I'm worried what would happen if I shaved it. I remember when I first met your mom I couldn't even grow this crazy thing. It was patchy and took months to even show up as fuzz. Good luck growing your own face sweater, […]

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He Just Wants To Be A Real Boy

Posted by on September 22nd, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Aug 13, 2015 at 4:53pm PDT How does this happen? I need answers. I feel like Geppetto and my marionette son is becoming a real boy. But the truth is I’m the dummy. Every day is a process of chipping away my own woodenness as a parent. […]

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Orangutan + Baby Bump = Magic

Posted by on September 14th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

WARNING: This video features cuteness overload but may contain vertical formatting. Vertical video is a seriously disease with long term side effects, including old age, luddite tendencies and a general disdain for the viewer. The animal kingdom is filled with examples of species that do amazing things around babies, pregnancy and female anatomy. Male seahorses […]

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Awkwardness on Full Display

Posted by on August 29th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

This post is sponsored by Cetaphil. A photo posted by Whit Honea (@whithonea) on Aug 3, 2016 at 8:34pm PDT A couple weeks ago, bloggers converged on Los Angeles carrying their laptops and devices to attend a huge convention. These conventions are always a time to come together and share information, to commune without judgment […]

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Are Men Just Children?

Posted by on August 17th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Jul 24, 2016 at 8:34pm PDT To the woman in the grocery store who came over to my wife while I was with my kids: I would like to apologize. You grinned, pointed at me and asked my wife, “Did you know you have three kids?” I […]

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Meet The World’s Biggest A-hole

Posted by on August 9th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

As parents, we usually fit into one of two categories at some point or another: 1. Worrying we’re doing it wrong/poorly/inadequately/uninspired/uninformed. 2. Knowing we’re ruining things for our kids, in their minds or ours. So, color me surprised when I saw a video about the world’s biggest poopface. Sorry. NSFW language ahead. I have to […]

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Life Can Change In 10 Seconds Or Less

Posted by on August 5th, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Aug 4, 2016 at 7:11pm PDT Mere seconds can change the course of your life and if you don’t respect that concept, you won’t learn the power of a single moment. This car accident took place two cars in front of us on our way back from […]

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