TGIF Means…

This post is brought to you by the nice folks at ForRent.com who want to share some Tailgating Fever with you!  Do you know what “TGIF” means? Yeah, yeah—I know what you’re thinking. But in our family, “TGIF” means three different things. For starters, it means “Tailgating is Fun!” It’s as simple as that! Casual gatherings with people we love…

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Yet Another “Talk” You Need to Have With Sons

I thought I had all of the “Talks” with my sons taken care of. That is, until my oldest son recently made a shocking confession to me. I guess I need to update my “Things-You-Need-to-Talk-to-Your-Sons-About Checklist” !  For all you dads—and moms—who think you’ve got your bases covered with the various “Talks” you need to have with your sons, I…

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My Ducky Masterpiece in the Attic

  Did you hear about the Da Vinci painting recently discovered in a Scottish farmhouse? The owner, Fiona McLaren, received the painting from her father who, in turn, had received the painting many years ago from a patient.  McLaren admits to never particularly liking  the painting – but used it to fill wall space in her home for the last…

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Rubbing Elbows

I have to admit, it’s fun to rub elbows every so often with people who are famous. I had one of those moments this morning when the friendly folks at Quaker asked me to stop by for an in-house presentation to a bunch of their razor sharp marketing folks. The topic was on tapping into bloggers and the blogosphere – something…

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A Colon Cleansing for the House. And Life

My mission to purge all the unnecessary junk in my life continues. Today’s victory can be found in these four plastic boxes.  Life victories aren’t always about receiving. Sometimes, they’re about tossing out. And, if you could look in today’s garbage – piled in my backyard alley – you’d find a small victory. At least for me. Four. Empty. Plastic.…

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Sayonara to a Storage Unit

I’ve finally gotten rid of my storage unit. And all the contents it’s been holding. And today, I am a happy, happy man. It’s a big day. It’s a new beginning. I no longer have a storage unit. I believe I’ve had a storage unit for about four years. The first one was 10 x 20 – big enough for…

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VIDEO: A Gift To – and From – My Birthday Boy

Today is my son’s 23rd birthday. I hope you enjoy a simple family memory. And a wonderful lesson from a five-year-old boy.

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VIDEO: Kids LOVE Veggies on the Grill!

I was recently talking to Jodie Shield, an expert dietitian with Hidden Valley, about picky eaters (mine – but I’m not naming names!). And the very first thing she asked me was if this particular picky eater (purely in the hypothetical, of course) knew how to grill. “Grill?” I asked curiously. And she told me that one of the best…

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25 Tips to Keeps Kids Safe From Abductors

This month’s failed abduction of a ten-year-old girl on the streets of Philadelphia has parents across the country, once again, asking what more they can do to keep their children safe. Captured on video, the attempted abduction highlights the importance of children knowing what to do in a similar situation. In the Philadelphia case, the girl and her two-year-old brother…

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My New (Cheap) Therapy: The Local Farmers’ Market

I’ve spent a lot of money over the years on some pretty great therapists who’ve helped me gain some terrific insights to life and the curveballs we all get. Fortunately, those days are far behind me. But I still need to get grounded on a regular basis. I still need to clear my head and regroup. And for me, one…

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