Coloring our composers

“What’s the purple guy’s name?” The question came out of the blue from the backseat of the car one afternoon driving home, I looked around – nope, no one dressed in purple out shoveling their driveway or going for a jog that he might be looking at. Just a moment or two ago, we wereContinue reading “Coloring our composers”

Happy Birthday, Mr Rogers

Today, Mr Fred Rogers would have been 87 years old. While the gentle “Won’t you be my neighbor?” has, over the years, sometimes turned into a bit of a sarcastic punchline in pop culture, Mr Rogers himself, and the lessons and values that he presented, left a lasting impact on my life, as no doubtContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Mr Rogers”

Bam! Pow! Whiff! – Good Guy and Bad Guy Play

Our son has been, I’m not sure what the word would be…categorizing, perhaps? Compartmentalizing? There’s been a lot of “You a good guy” or “he a a bad guy.” There’s even been some “Me have to fight you, dada,” to which I ask simply, ‘why?’ “Cuz you a bad guy,” he tells me. Some thingsContinue reading “Bam! Pow! Whiff! – Good Guy and Bad Guy Play”

Book Fair Adventures!

When I was in elementary school, there was nothing like the day the teacher would pass out those colored pieces of newsprint paper, folded into a makeshift catalog, brimming with choices of the literary sense. It was like a periodic Christmas catalog hunt, reading through every summary, your eyes passing over every book cover sittingContinue reading “Book Fair Adventures!”

Am I getting dumber with age?

I swear I used to be much smarter than I am today. When I was a little kid in elementary school, I had a hand-me-down set of encyclopedias. I couldn’t tell you what brand, but I remember they had orange covers, littered with four or five photos contained in squares on each cover, giving youContinue reading “Am I getting dumber with age?”

A colorful opportunity for learning

We were in Lowe’s a little ways back, as my wife picked up some paint to redo our dining room, which she said was much too purple to go with the rest of the house’s more neutral coloring and a bit of a turnoff for any potential buyers when the time eventually comes to sell.Continue reading “A colorful opportunity for learning”

Debt Chains and the Snowball Effect

Whether it’s writing a check for your car payment or clicking ‘pay online’ for that student loan installment, carrying around debt can often times feel like you’re dragging along the undead chains of Jacob Marley. That’s why I’ve already started the ball rolling in the past few months on what I want to take full-strengthContinue reading “Debt Chains and the Snowball Effect”

Elementary, dear Muppets – Time to bring Sherlock Hemlock out of retirement!

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Sesame Street, nor a little known fact that I love the BBC/PBS series “Sherlock,” so I definitely was all smiles when PBS put out this image and caption today for us to ‘stay tuned.’ With that said, I will say that I have been pestering SesameContinue reading “Elementary, dear Muppets – Time to bring Sherlock Hemlock out of retirement!”

Generating some Mass Appeal

Despite leaving TV news behind me some months back, I made a brief return to television recently. I had the absolute pleasure recently of appearing on the mid-morning program, “Mass Appeal” to talk about some of the lessons learned during my first year of fatherhood. Unfortunately, WordPress does not allow me to embed the videoContinue reading “Generating some Mass Appeal”

The mecca of Mo

We have been to the mecca – the mecca of Mo, at least. This summer, we were visiting friends in Massachusetts (for a baby shower of their own little guy) and were just a stone’s throw away from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. With some careful planning (and some early departure timeContinue reading “The mecca of Mo”