Butterball Turkey + Gobblehead Dad

It’s time to talk turkey. And today, I’m not just the Bobblehead Dad. I’m the Gobblehead Dad! That’s because I have the honor of sharing some pretty exciting news for my friends at Butterball. They’ve launched a search for their first male Turkey Talk-Line spokesman! This lucky guy will join the capable team of Butterball Turkey Talk-Line experts who answer thousands…

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Dads Settle the Score on the Streets of Chicago

Through the years there’s been a story passed down in my family that my dad was a boxer in his youth. I believe it to be true but, candidly, I’m not 100% sure. My dad was a big teaser. And this very well could be a story spun out of some joke that got legs and, well, you know… Nonetheless,…

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Getting a Hang of This “Dad” Thing

I admit it. I had no idea what I was in for as I held my child – my son – during the first few minutes of his life. It felt more like I was being handed the world’s most wonderful puppy. I could relate to a puppy. I had a few of them in my life. So this seemed…

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Parenting 101: Practical and Efficient

Practical. And efficient. May I introduce you to my mom? With five boys, practical and efficient wasn’t just smart. It was vital to survival in the mini-fraternity my mother called home. Why waste time, for example, buying small quantities of meat at the grocery store when you could buy the whole darn cow? Not only did she negotiate a mean…

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The Best Cab Ride of My Life

The story is short. But the picture is worth – well – everything. I was in a cab heading home from O’hare today – a journey I make with regularity. The cab driver was polite. His car was clean. And I was settling in for my 25 minute ride home. Which meant I was burying my nose in my iPhone.…

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File Under “D” for “Dad”

I sometimes wonder what stories my own children will share about me long after I’m gone. You know – the stories about “Dad’s” funny traits, habits or tendencies. Quirks. I’m on a mission to leave them plenty of choices. My own dad left me a multitude. Like always betting on the number “5.” It was his tip-of-the-hat to his five…

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Memories in the Midst of the Mess

“Best day ever!” That’s what the kids in the above picture – my siblings and cousins – are thinking. And our parents? Well, that’s easy. “We’re exhausted. And sun burnt.” There’s one other thing the kids probably have on their mind: “We’re hungry!” //// I’m not sure how my parents did it, but as a little kid growing up in the…

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Baseball, Hotdogs and Dads

Here’s a fun one that will brighten your day. Dove Men+Care is teaming with MLB.com to promote fatherhood over the next ten weeks with a series of videos. Enough of my talking: Just click the photo to go see the video. Cheers!

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Bed Tales – Part 2: This is NOT Like Sausage Making

Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made. – Otto von Bismarck There’s probably a lot of things that are akin to sausage making, but bed making isn’t one of them.  And when I say bed making, I mean making – as in manufacturing. Bed making is pretty darn interesting these days. You may remember…

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