Dental Dancing

Just a quick one today, guys… Well, we just got back from Kassie’s first trip to the dentist. At 21 months, it went about as I expected. No real examination of a 21month old’s teeth is possible while the child is awake. The dentist was able to get a few cursory glances at my daughter’s […]

Am I Really?

I often overhear bits of conversation or see Facebook posts where parents are expressing a legitimate concern and there is a rush to defend them, to ease their minds and reassure them that they are awesome and doing a great job with their kids. I wonder sometimes if, upon receiving such reassurances, they ever ask […]

A Father’s Love

I saw this article on Facebook late last week. http://www.buzzfeed.com/mbvd/wife-files-for-divorce-after-dad-refuses-to-give-up-newborn?utm_term=4ldqpia&bffb=world#.gv7pA7xlzl   In the realm of TLDR, here’s the highlights: A woman in Armenia gives birth to a boy with Down Syndrome. She promptly tells her Kiwi Husband, to decide between the baby and her. Dad opts for the baby, divorce papers are underway. Dad goes […]

Cultural Catastrophe

I saw a video on Facebook last week that hurt me to the core of my soul. An Asian woman took her child out behind the building for what I assume was a disciplinary lesson. What occurred was a savage beating. The child, whose sex is unclear, was made to stand still with  pants down […]

Fitness Foray

As I sit here to write this, I can’t believe that four months (almost five) have passed. In that time, I had made no major strides to improve my health and fitness. Looking at the scale on January 2nd and seeing that my 5 Foot 9 1/2 inch frame was draped with 207lbs of meat […]

Fitness Follies

So ever since getting a puppy and having a baby a year and a half or so ago, my physique has gone to pot… And that pot is called my belly. Between walking the dog, regular baby duties, and chronic sleep deprivation, I have had little time to exercise or eat right. Though to be […]

Papa Prepper – Part 2

Benjamin Franklin is often credited with saying “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Here in New York, for some basic ideas, visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/get_prepared/ready.shtml. In whatever state you live, there should be a similar site. Use the sites for ideas and information. Unfortunately, I am going to recommend that in an emergency […]

Life, Interrupted

I will get back to my emergency preparedness posts after this. The death of Robin Williams has affected me more than I was prepared for, not just because of the loss of a genius who made me smile and laugh (and sometimes cry) for decades, but because of the circumstances of his death. Depression is […]

Papa Prepper – Part 1

As the second anniversary of “Superstorm” Sandy approaches, I feel compelled to speak on this topic now. I have lived in New York City all my life. I have lived through the blackouts of 1977 and 2003 and a handful of nasty hurricanes and snow/ice storms, and 9/11. Living in Manhattan, the storms affected me […]

Restless Nights

I do not hide the fact that I had a very hard time deciding to have another child. When my wife and I got together, one of the big things we agreed upon was that I had 4 children and didn’t need any more, and she did not want to have children. Fast forward about […]