Speak(ing) Out

Can we briefly hit the pause button on political discourse (however noble) and address the abomination that is the game Speak Out? I don't even feel completely comfortable with my mouth splayed wide-open for dental professionals. You bring that same experience to the living room or kitchen table, we're laying the foundation for some serious … Continue reading Speak(ing) Out

Carrying on the Medicine Cabinet Tradition

I remember clearly the bathroom medicine and sink cabinets at my home growing up.  They contained what seemed to a young, healthy, immortal guy like me an inordinate amount of pills, tablets, ointments, etc. Some were new-ish, some had expired in decades gone by.  To be sure, in retrospect, some were surely mine; cherry cough … Continue reading Carrying on the Medicine Cabinet Tradition

On Theme Parks

This past weekend, my wife, my kids and I spent a wonderful day out at the second-best cornfield-turned-attraction America's heartland has to offer (behind, of course, Iowa's famed Kinsella family baseball field, which I've heard is a lot like heaven). Our weekend family fun excursion was to Indiana's Holiday World, formerly Santa Claus Land, formerly formerly some … Continue reading On Theme Parks

Parenting Tip: On Crossing the Line Between Kind and Kind of Dull

Parenting Tip: When playing the game Memory with your young child, it is fine to purposely miss obvious matches so that your child can find them, allowing her to hone her mental skills. However, do not be surprised if the look on her face goes from "I am really good at this!" to "Something is … Continue reading Parenting Tip: On Crossing the Line Between Kind and Kind of Dull

On 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Your Local Kid-Themed Restaurants

Themed restaurants aimed specifically at children have become a staple of the culinary landscape in America. Pizza, burger and falafel joints offering everything from skee-ball to indoor skydiving have become extremely popular in the past 20-plus years. As a dad, I've spent my share of time in these lively places and they have certainly left … Continue reading On 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Your Local Kid-Themed Restaurants