Last weekend, I saw Yacht Rock Revue cover The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album at Variety Playhouse, at it was awesome.  Before they did that album, they did Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” with “The Wizard of Oz” playing on a screen behind them, so we could all see if what we heard was a worthwhile endeavor from our stoner friends in undergrad actually is, in fact, a worthwhile endeavor.  It sort of is.  Maybe it’s moreso if you’re high.  Speaking of high, this was the encore…






March began with the launch of “Lego Bionicle” and “Lego Friends” shows on Netflix.  I don’t always pay attention to my new suggestions for streaming shows to check out, but my children apparently do–by the time some Legos came in the mail from Netflix, they were already familiar with the characters.  I’m not sure if the creators’ intent was for the former show to be marketed toward boys and the latter one for girls, but that’s certainly how my progeny wished to divide their spoils when the box…






Given my 84-mile hike coming this July, I’ve been trying to spend more time on my feet when there’s a free weekend, as I need to break in my new shoes (I went with waterproof Merrell Chameleons) and build my endurance.  Since the days leading up to our walk will be spent touring the UK with the children, I figure I should bring them along for training. Normally at this time of year, Atlanta might be up to 60-something degrees, but this year, it’s been high 70s, so…






It’s a week later, and I’m just now feeling coherent enough to type some words about this year’s summit in Washington, DC. The last few years (and the year it was part of Mom 2.0), I’ve helped the conference by being a live blogger, but this year, Doug asked if I’d like to participate on a panel highlighting military dads, and I was happy to agree.  It was like moving from being a production assistant to supporting actor. Our talk was titled Major Dad:  How Military Life Shapes…