Everything’s not awesome (and it doesn’t need to be)

Everything’s not awesome. It was a lyric that turned the catchy earworm of a song, “Everything is Awesome,” from the first installment of The Lego Movie on its ear in a dramatic turn in philosophy. Everything’s not awesome Things can’t be awesome all of the time It’s not a realistic expectation But that doesn’t meanContinue reading “Everything’s not awesome (and it doesn’t need to be)”

11 Dad Jokes for Father’s Day

Ah, the dad joke. Always cheesy, often wrapped in a bad pun, and usually funny only to the one telling them. So what better way to celebrate we squares, we dopey dads than with a small collection of some of dad jokes from across the ether, ready to make you roll your eyes and cringe?Continue reading “11 Dad Jokes for Father’s Day”

1-4-3 in the (neighbor)hood

“There is no person in this whole world who is a mistake, no matter how different that person may seem.” If you grew up watching beloved children’s television star Fred Rogers, you may already know that 1-4-3 was one of countless ways that he found to tell children how loved they were. 1-4-3 are theContinue reading “1-4-3 in the (neighbor)hood”

Putting down the lists OR A healthy perspective thanks to Conan

Make the most of your time. Enjoy what we have. It all goes by fast. We hear this stuff a lot. All the time. Yet, it often seems to fall on deaf ears, even for the most well-intended of us. I mean, it’s hard not to get distracted in today’s world isn’t it? With aContinue reading “Putting down the lists OR A healthy perspective thanks to Conan”

With one magic word – Shazam!

A rare opportunity presented itself this past weekend. Some close friends of more than 25 years got in touch to let me know that they were headed to the movies that very night, for a late (late by my standards these days) screening of Shazam! at 9:40. Was I interested? By that time, the kidsContinue reading “With one magic word – Shazam!”

The Little Lamp

So, this is a pretty important week for me. Not because I’ll be one step closer to forty by the time the week is through, but because a tale that’s been floating in my mind for many years is finally seeing the light of day. This week marks the release of my first children’s pictureContinue reading “The Little Lamp”

Odds & Ends (and the end of an era)

It seemed like an era came to a close on PBS Kids recently, and if you’ve been watching Odd Squad with your kids (or maybe on your own, I do it. It’s okay. It’s a great show no matter how old you are), you know exactly what I’m talking about. PBS Kids recently aired theContinue reading “Odds & Ends (and the end of an era)”

We did the mash…the folded monster mash

Here in the northeast, it’s supposed to be pretty snowy this weekend, and with no plans for us set in stone, we’re likely to be hunkering down inside as much as possible, watching the birds at the feeder in the backyard and likely a ton of PBS Kids programming. Maybe I’ll even make some popcorn.Continue reading “We did the mash…the folded monster mash”

The Gnome that saved our Christmas

With the hustle and bustle of life keeping us in an ever-increasing flurry – what needs to get done, who needs to be where – this time of year can lose a bit of its magical luster as we get older and slip into the robe of responsibility that is adulthood and parenthood. We carryContinue reading “The Gnome that saved our Christmas”

Touring the crayon factory with you, neighbor

Maybe it’s the calm feeling of the wax being poured into the molds, or the soothing narration as each yellow stick gets stacked, sorted, and place amid a rainbow of color sticks for boxing. Whatever the timeless appeal is, every day for the past several weeks (no exaggeration. I mean every day), our three yearContinue reading “Touring the crayon factory with you, neighbor”