Old Friends

Every once in a while my kids have to sit through my lecture about friends. I give it when one of their friendships fizzles, a pal peters out, or a BFF suddenly goes MIA. This well-oiled talk of mine is about how living life involves a series of friendships that fall into two buckets. One bucket is filled with an…

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Bobblehead Break: David Hirsch – Illinois Fatherhood Initiative

I recently took a break with David Hirsch, founder of the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative which is the first statewide non-profit organization in our country promoting the importance of fathers in our childrens’ lives. Did you know that one-third of our nation’s kids don’t live with their biological father? Click here for more information on the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative.  And be…

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A Blow to Dads: 1 Step Forward, 2 Back

All I can say is “wow!” And, according to the responses I’ve heard from tons of my Twitter friends, I think a lot of you agree. I’m talking about a news story I saw the other day about the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel announcing that they were acquiring an existing, local publication – Parenting in Fort Wayne – and repackaging it…

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Thirst Quencher

I made a late night run to the local Walgreens recently. And, in addition to coming home with their weekly special of three cartons of pop, I came home a wiser man. We recently moved to a new town so every day we seem to learn new things. Like where to get our dry cleaning done or who has the…

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Bobblehead Break: Matt Ferstler – Single Jingles

I recently took a break with Matt Ferstler, founder of Single Jingles which is an incredible non-profit organization providing information and awareness on testicular cancer. Did you know this is the number ONE cancer of guys age 15 – 35? Matt is a testicular cancer survivor himself and has a lot to share in this great interview. I know a…

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My SPAM Adventure: A Bobblehead Dad Video

I ventured to our country’s heartland this past weekend–to my hometown of Fremont, Nebraska. While I was there, I found myself tossed into the middle of their annual SPAM (as in canned meat for all you internet-minded junkies) Cookoff at the John C. Fremont Days Celebrations. The video’s a few minutes longer than I had hoped. But dang, there was…

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Bobblehead Break: Jon Graves – The Hottest (Did I Just Write That?) Single Dad Around!

I recently had a chance to take a break with Jon Graves, named the country’s Hottest Single Dad by iVillage. Jon’s one of the most inspiring dads I have had the pleasure of getting to know. A widower, having lost his wife, Jeseca to cancer in 2007, Jon is raising his two young sons and guiding them on their journey…

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Step One

I hate this. I signed up to run the Chicago Marathon in October several months ago. At the time, I was still 6ish months post having run the Rome Marathon. So, while not in fabulous shape, I still had a mindset of “no problem!” Call that mistake number one. Fast forward one really crappy Chicago winter. One really crappy Chicago…

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