When I was in law school, a major impediment to my doing well on exams was the propensity of one of the TV stations to show “The Sound of Music” every mid-December.  I know a single dude in his 20s isn’t necessarily supposed to love a movie from 1965 that features love and a bunch of singing, but I did.  This only got worse when I spent a summer studying international arbitration in Austria. So, when I was 30-something, had a daughter named Liesl, and was fresh off…

She insists she’s not a baby, a practice she’s maintained for over 2 years now.  I’m beginning to think she might be right. She reads simple sentences, does basic arithmetic, and can converse with adults when the need arises. She follows instructions well. And she knows the benefit of being first to the mailbox when it’s your birthday. She’s the most cheerful and animated person I’ve ever met.  I can’t wait to watch her spread her contagious joy to all who meet her for years to come. Happy…

A few months ago, I asked my 5-year-old boy if he wanted to read one of his many Thomas the Tank Engine books at bedtime, as has been our usual custom for the past couple of years. “No…Thomas is for babies.  Let’s read this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles book!” he said.  My heart sank.  Putting together train tracks on his bedroom floor, watching the old Thomas episodes on Netflix, and helping him into his Thomas pajamas nearly ever night have been my “go to” father/son shared activities for…

I wasn’t supposed to be at the Mom 2.0 Summit this weekend in Atlanta.  I was supposed to be studying veterans disability law with my bride in Normandy, France for the 60-year anniversary of the Americans’ storming the beach there during WWII. However, continuing legal education (CLE) courses in France are expensive (especially when the costs are multiplied by two), and since Google’s “hummingbird” algorithm change last fall, my new intakes have plummeted, and so has revenue.  I stopped paying myself in November.  I’ve spent the past 8+…