The life-altering mindshift of appreciation

About a year ago, I felt like I was living in a constant state of stress. Whether it be work, family, adult and parent responsibilities, finances, aspirations left unreached, creative pursuits, or issues with the world at large, I was a ball of worry, nerves, pressure, and so much more, clawing at the walls forContinue reading “The life-altering mindshift of appreciation”

It’s a girl….again!

Late nights. Weary-eyed mornings. It very well could sound a lot like my twenties, but yet it is something we’re doing all over again, yet completely new. That’s right. Our third child has arrived and it’s a girl…again! That makes us the proud parents of a five year old boy, a two year old girlContinue reading “It’s a girl….again!”

As you start kindergarten…

An open letter to our son… Tomorrow, you start kindergarten. The mornings of pure play have passed, and the lessons of preschool now behind us, you set forth on an amazing and new adventure. I’ll never forget that time driving in the car, back from vacation, when mommy was pregnant with your sister, that youContinue reading “As you start kindergarten…”

There’s never been a better time to be a PBS Kid (or Parent!)

Did you watch PBS when you were a kid? I did. I certainly can’t remember all of my viewing habits, but I can tell you unequivocally how comfortable, safe, and accepting it felt even as a toddler to be joined by furry friends on Sesame Street every afternoon. Or how I would run to grabContinue reading “There’s never been a better time to be a PBS Kid (or Parent!)”

A super party for our super hero

We recently had a birthday party for our little guy. It was the first time we ever actually had it at our house. Usually we relied on the kindness of grandparents on both sides to get us through over the years, as our house had long been too small to have anyone over beyond aContinue reading “A super party for our super hero”

Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be

We’ve watched Ducktales, Batman ‘66, we’ve read Mr. Men and Little Miss books before bed. We own The Great Mouse Detective and Mickey’s Christmas Carol. We laugh to Inspector Gadget. A pair of Ninja Turtle figures showed up at Christmas. Wait a second. Is this my son’s childhood or my own? Sometimes I feel guiltyContinue reading “Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be”

Nostalgic for Mypos, the 80s, or just my childhood?

If you know me, or heck, if you’ve read past entries on this blog, you know how nostalgic I can get – longing for previous times, or pieces of culture from various parts of my life, or even before my time. I admittedly get that way about a lot of things – cartoons, films, videoContinue reading “Nostalgic for Mypos, the 80s, or just my childhood?”

Movin’ on up

It seemed like only a few weeks ago I was dropping out little guy off for his first-ever day of pre-k and yet, inexplicably, ten months passed in the blink of an eye and there we were, sitting in the seats as he and his classmates, received a certificate that said they were kindergarten-bound.

Riding the nostalgia train to Duckburg

I’m not really a video game guy. Sure, I played some Nintendo when I was in elementary school, but it was always at a friend’s house. I didn’t own one myself until I was a pre-teen and had earned enough delivering the weekly Pennysaver once a week for the tidy sum of $8 a weekContinue reading “Riding the nostalgia train to Duckburg”

The trap of the digital escape

This past week, my wife and I sat in the doctor’s office, staring at a black and white image on the screen. The grainy images of an arm, a foot, and eventually a profile of a head filled us with smiles inside and out as we finally put a somewhat-face to the growing little personContinue reading “The trap of the digital escape”