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And Then You Break Up! Yay!

And Then You Break Up! Yay!

“Yeah, you get married, you have a kid, and then you need to break up!“   I heard my nine-year-old son say this to his friend in the backseat of the car one day last year. It came with no sarcasm; no somberness; no regret. The excitement was palpable....
Why is Psycho-Dad Funny?

Why is Psycho-Dad Funny?

This morning while I was making scrambled eggs, my son asked me why I — at times — spoke in the character of Psycho-Dad. “Why is Psycho-Dad funny?” he asked me. Psycho-Dad is an invention of mine, I guess. I’ll take “credit”...
Buckaroo Banzai and the Sadness of Childhood Tycoons

Buckaroo Banzai and the Sadness of Childhood Tycoons

It’s hard being the son of a childhood newspaper tycoon.   Although the conclusive history is lost to the ages (he’d be turning 100 this year), apparently Dad made quite a splash back in the day, very early in life. He started as a paperboy on foot,...
Bill’s Big List of Camping Tips

Bill’s Big List of Camping Tips

Hi, campers! I have been among you. I’ve gazed into your bleary, sleep-deprived eyes. I’ve loaned you blankets. I’ve suggested you probably don’t want to try to heat the beans over the fire while still in the can. I’ve buried your ashes...
Teaching Kids Skiing, And Other Things . . .

Teaching Kids Skiing, And Other Things . . .

Ahh, the sound of teaching kids skiing:   “SKIS! YOU LISTEN TO ME! YOU DON’T LISTEN TO ME! AND I HATE YOU! AND I HATE . . . GRRR . . .  SNOW!!!!”     I sat on the bunny slope in my ski pants, watching from a safe distance about...