The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

For some it’s tearing open wrapping paper on Christmas morning. Others, it might be downing turkey with friends and family or hunting for some eggs on Easter Sunday. For others, it might be dressing up in costumes on Halloween, or knocking back a few pints with friends on St. Patrick’s Day.  But for me, theContinue reading “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

The Best Kids Halloween Specials to watch for FREE on the PBS Kids app right now

The way we watch TV has changed so much in just a short amount of time. Almost gone are the days of flipping channels to see what your local station or cable offerings are. These days a majority of folks are tuning in to their favorite viewings through app-based programming like Roku, Fire Stick orContinue reading “The Best Kids Halloween Specials to watch for FREE on the PBS Kids app right now”

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”

Cooler weather, warmer beverage

With the crisp, cool weather of autumn in full swing, and the chilly frost of winter preparing to make its way in (if it hasn’t already), I absolutely love the coziness of this time of year. Hunkering down inside the house, watching the leaves blow by the front windows (and later the snow fall toContinue reading “Cooler weather, warmer beverage”

Six Halloween cartoons to watch with your kids…or by yourself this October

The crinkle of leaves, the windy nights. You can go ahead and enjoy all the pumpkin spice whatever you like. I’ve never been a fan of pumpkin other than decoratively. For me, other than the aesthetics of a neighborhood or roadways lines with multi-colored leaves, the thing I look forward to the most this timeContinue reading “Six Halloween cartoons to watch with your kids…or by yourself this October”

Of birthdays, books, and babies…

It’s been a big week in our household. It was my wife’s birthday, which required a little detour from our plans to go out to dinner as a family due to authorities searching for an armed suspect in the wooded areas outlying our neighborhood. So, we ate at home, Meg insisting upon cooking a deliciousContinue reading “Of birthdays, books, and babies…”

Altruism

This past Valentine’s Day, our son and daughter each got cards in the mail from their grandparents. Inside our son’s card was a ten dollar bill. He immediately became very excited, with a wide smile and look of excitement on his face. I imagined that images of a new action figure or some type ofContinue reading “Altruism”

The Christmas Letdown

So here we are. Halfway through the winter season here in the northeast, the holidays over, the decorations all put away (minus the red and white lights out in front of our house that seem to nag at me whenever I see them yet never call to me with the urgency needed to get myContinue reading “The Christmas Letdown”

All I want for Christmas is a cliche

It’s that time of year for many. Decorations go up, lights strewn around the house, frantic attempts to finish shopping in time, and that age-old question “what do you want for Christmas?” It’s an answer that in youth came with ease. I see it in our son with how easily he rattles off a fewContinue reading “All I want for Christmas is a cliche”

You really had a wonderful life

“You really have built yourself a wonderful life.” For a lot of folks, the end of a year is a bit of a refresher, closing out the bad of the previous 365 days while welcoming the good and the potential of the year ahead. But it can also be quite a time of reflection, lookingContinue reading “You really had a wonderful life”