This is such good writing. These words are a treat to read: "Howard, instead of trying to explain the hermit's existence in terms of hearth fires and trappers' shacks, preferred the blank space the old man actually seemed to inhabit; he liked to think of some fold in the woods, some seam that only the … Continue reading On Good Writing
I'm pretty sure Dick Chaney was on my flight the other day. Boy, I have so many questions I wish I'd asked that man. Like, "How'd you swing an emergency exit seat?" and "Are you finished with that Sky Mall?" Really kicking myself.
I'm intrigued by this fairly new phenomenon in Hollywood known as the "reboot." This is where they take a popular movie franchise, most commonly a superhero or sci-fi series, and essentially start over with it, taking it back to some new starting point. They'll often times bring in a new director with a new vision … Continue reading On the Family Life Reboot
I've finally found peace with the fact that the tender moments experienced with my son at this age (his and mine) will resemble this exchange: Me, at the computer: "Sam, let me show you something." Sam: "Show you something?" Me: "Yeah, C'mere. Look. This is Sam." Sam: "Oh. Sam." Me: "Yeah, Sam was a baby … Continue reading On Tender Moments with Sam
Oh, ok, one more gem from the forthcoming book on lessons our kids teach us about what it means to be young. But no more! Purchase the book for all of the great tips, you crazy freeloaders! "When traveling via automobile, fall asleep 15-20 minutes before reaching your destination. People will appreciate your irritability, irrationality … Continue reading On Youth – Pt 5
Even more from the forthcoming book: "Traditional wisdom says that if you want something, you have to go out and get it yourself. Well, traditional wisdom is wrong and old. Youthful wisdom says if you want something, plead for it in a shrill voice at least 756 times. This tactic also works best in confined … Continue reading On Youth – Pt 4
The six of us just traveled to and from Texas to visit good friends. Which, as you can imagine, means the van now resembles the car from a movie about a recently-fired executive who reluctantly travels cross-country with his stoner brother to visit their hometown, where each of them will unexpectedly learn about life, love … Continue reading On the Aftermath of a Road Trip
More from the upcoming book: "Keep a baggie of chewed gum near or on your person. You may be tempted to feel like it's a weird or gross thing to do. It's not. It's a very youthful thing to do."
(Image Source) I was at the airport, and there was a guy who I, as an old, out of touch man, would call a trendy young dude. He had on the REALLY skinny jeans, a knit cap, and what looked like bowling shoes. He was also writing in a journal. I was tempted at first … Continue reading On Prejudging My Fellow Man
Good news, fellow traveler! For years, I've been under the mistaken assumption that when the airlines say you can take one carry-on and one personal item, that means you can have 2 items with you. Well, friends, I'm here at the airport and I can tell you that this apparently is NO LONGER THE CASE! … Continue reading On Taking More Stuff
More from the upcoming book: "Even when you can say something in a soft, 'indoor' voice, make sure you say it loud and proud, preferably at least 6 times louder than the situation requires. The effect will be especially powerful in small, confined spaces, like a crowded hotel breakfast nook or a van. You'll feel … Continue reading On Youth – Pt 2
From our forthcoming self-help book, "You Too Can Find Youth: Lessons Our Children Teach Us About What it Means to Be Young": "Touch absolutely everything in a public restroom, even when someone who loves you and cares for your well-being tells you repeatedly to touch nothing. The more repulsive it is, the more youthful you'll … Continue reading On Youth – Pt 1
From the forthcoming Mullins Midwest Travel Companion, Chapter 21: What's Wrong with America "I love a good gas station coffee as much as the next guy (ok, probably more). However, I'm convinced that if an outbreak of, say, Ebola were to occur in this great country, ground zero would be the bin full of coffee … Continue reading On the Wrong Way to Pay it Forward
I don't generally comment on controversial subjects on social media, because people tend to lose their minds and there is often times no real conversation that takes place. However, I can no longer stay silent on this important subject. The bottom line is that any restaurant that refuses to provide a diaper changing station should … Continue reading On a Most Controversial Subject
From the forthcoming Mullins Midwest Travel Companion, page 126: "If you're planning a trip to the St. Louis area, a visit to the City Museum is a must... Once inside the limits of this beautiful city, you'll likely notice that there are absolutely no automobiles on the road. Not a one. Don't worry, you've not … Continue reading On Being Shoulder-to-Sweaty-Shoulder with My Fellow Man