You’ve Missed 20 Good Years, Dad

My dad died 20 years ago. Today. It’s hard for me to even write those words. “Hard” as in unbelievable. I actually pulled out his obituary to verify the year. Perhaps my math was wonky?  But 20 it is. I don’t remember who called me to let me know that he was gone. It had to have been one of…

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Recipes for Magical Life Memories

I’m pretty lucky to work with brands that resonate with me. My new partner, Stouffer’s touches my heart in a couple ways. For starters, they’re a very real part of my childhood. I bet you’re the same. But then I learned about their history and how they started as a family restaurant in 1924 with delicious recipes from Mrs. Stouffer.…

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Good-Bye to the Lottery Dog of Dogs

Our Golden Retriever, Lucca, died about an hour ago. And I’m not sure what to do with his leash – the only thing I came home with after our 8:00 am appointment with his vet where we went through with what I know was the humane decision. I’ve walked in the door with Lucca’s leash thousands of times over the…

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I’m Walking 84 Miles in England with 12 Dads to Help 3 Million Children

  This morning, in Washington, D.C., I had the honor of announcing something rather fantastic at the sold-out Dad2.0 Summit. I’ll be one of 12 dad bloggers, writers and influencers who will be traveling across the Atlantic this July to walk the 84-mile Hadrian’s Wall in Northern England – raising $40,000+ to fund a new Camp Kesem chapter at the…

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Kitchen Memories

I have an abundance of happy childhood memories. That makes me a pretty lucky guy. They’re mostly simple memories (although – full disclosure – I still vividly remember my first trip to Disneyland. Big life events do have their place!). But beyond the Magic Kingdom – when it was still a rather new travel destination – my head is full…

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Okay is Okay. And it Makes You a Happier Parent.

My daughter gave me a food processor for Christmas. I’ve secretly wanted one for years. Not that I’m a big cook. That I’m not. I cook out of necessity 360 days a year. The other five days I notch-up my culinary skills for special occasions. But I do cook. And in the over 25 years of doing so for my…

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My Mom’s Message to You: Do it Now

This post is my contribution to Blogust ‘15 to—Shot@Life’s month-long campaign to provide vaccinations for children in need around the world. But this is more about you than me because YOU are the one who can help change the life of a child by making sure they get vaccinated. All you need to do is either “comment” (with anything!) at the…

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Kid Connection Tip: Self-Worth – For You and the Kids

Dear Kids, Want to know a little secret? For years I’ve had one goal for you as my child. And I’ve tried every day of my life to help make that goal become a reality. * The goal wasn’t found on the playing field. I was never concerned about home runs, what position you played or how much playing time…

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Kid Connection Tip: Gone Fishing

I never learned how to fish as a kid. Never. Nada. Zippo. The closest I came to experiencing the thrill of catching a big one was annually – at my grade school’s fundraiser – where I’d pay 25 cents to cast a line over a plywood wall and wait for someone to clip a small brown paper bag to the…

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Kid Connection Tip: The Good Part of Student Drivers

I’ve heard it hundreds of times in my life. Complaints – and words of fear – from parents as they contemplate their son or daughter learning how to drive. And for many, a very real trepidation about sitting in the passenger seat with that same child who – seemingly just a few years ago – was wearing diapers. I’ve been…

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