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Cooked

My bride and I have been excited for weeks about the partnership between Netflix and Michael Pollan to bring “Cooked” to its streaming lineup; it’s a 4-part series based on Mr. Pollan’s most recent book.  We watched the first part, “Fire,” on Friday evening. Here’s the description of the show […]

Why I’m walking 84 miles this July

Right now, a bunch of us are at the Dad 2.0 Summit in Washington DC, and we’ve just announced that a dozen of us are walking Hadrian’s Wall this summer to raise money for Camp Kesem, and that there will be a new camp at the University of Maryland in […]

What we can take away from “Making a Murderer”

I normally don’t jump on TV show bandwagons.  It was years and years after the start of “Friends” or “Seinfeld” before I watched either with any loyalty.  After they ended, I stopped being loyal to anything on TV other than the Crimson Tide’s football team.  But then I flipped over […]

the worst Thanksgiving dish I ever had

The next suggestion from the “642 Things to Write About” book is this:  “the worst Thanksgiving dish I ever had.” This may appear to be a question avoidance strategy, but the worse meal I’ve had on Thanksgiving is…nothing–or next to nothing. In high school, I was a wrestler, and Thanksgiving […]

My Pepto and Me: a Love Story

I was introduced to Pepto as a teen who’d consumed too much candy one Halloween.  My mother produced it to silence my whining about frequent trips to the potty.  When I asked what it was, she said, “It’s like concrete for your bottom.”  I pictured my dad with a trowel […]

A houseplant is dying. Tell it why it needs to live.

The next suggestion from the “642 things…” book (see title above): Hey.  You in the green.  Drink something.  Stand up straight.  Quit showing your roots.  Have some self-respect.  Listen to me for a minute. You’re privileged.  You sit in a window near the back door, in a room full of […]

What can happen in a second?

A couple weeks ago, I was at a local store I like to endorse any time we need something framed called Binders.  The children were with us and were picking out items to break, take, or insist that we buy for them.  Among them was the 9-year-old’s choice of a […]