In honor of it being Fat Tuesday, let’s talk about masks. To some degree, we all wear masks at times. When we need to persuade, when we need to impress and even when we lack confidence about ourselves. I used to hide behind a shiny veneer of accomplishments mainly born from timing, luck, and privilege.… Continue reading Masks and the Man in the Mirror in the Social Media Age
No matter how well prepared you may be, minor panic will set in when you’re blinded 60 feet under the ocean. My wife and I were on our honeymoon in Belize when I completed the final evolution of my basic underwater SCUBA certification. Until that point, we’d done all our previous training in a private… Continue reading Being Blind 60 Feet Under the Water and Other Reasons to Love SCUBA Diving
Tomorrow morning, my wife leaves for a Mexico, abandoning me with our dear, sweet children for a week. Before all you divorce lawyers out there start DM’ing me, let me explain. It’s the fruition a family wedding trip postponed long ago due to Covid. It was supposed to go down in 2020, but instead it’s… Continue reading A Love Letter to My Wife Abandoning Me to Mexico Tomorrow
Keen judges of the human condition throughout history have understood a timeless superpower. The big secret of this power is that it’s no big secret at all; it’s an ability available to any of us with the courage to find it. It’s the power of knowing thyself. The ancient Greeks inscribed it at the… Continue reading Are Tupac and Shakespeare from the Same School of Thought?
It was kind of an accident that I moved to Washington, DC in the first place. After finishing undergrad at Ole Miss, I spent the better part of a year traveling before I ran out of money. I’ll spare you the details but it happened in Paris and that town sucks to be broke in.… Continue reading How I Met My Wife in a Parking Garage and Why That’s Not as Creepy as It Sounds
Today my 4 year-old learned how to use the Amazon Alexa. I’m kind of surprised it took this long. I think it had something to do with his voice being hard to decipher and the device just hasn’t picked up his requests clearly enough. Until tonight that is. When “The Wheels on the Bus” started… Continue reading My 4 Year Old Learned to Use the Amazon Alexa, Is it Time to Break Out the Porn Blockers?
Tonight is the first parade of the 2022 Mardi Gras season in Mobile, Alabama. While New Orleans Mardi Gras gets all the press (perhaps rightfully so), Carnival in Mobile predates that in Louisiana by about 80 years. It’s a more family friendly affair, although there are still plenty of shenanigans to be found. Growing up,… Continue reading In a World of Girls Gone Wild, Mardi Gras Makes Me Think of My Dad
Do you ever feel like some key knowledge or insight is imminent, but still just out of grasp? Strange memories roll around in my head this cold night in Ohio. My wife got home fine from her work travel, relieving me of my watch. I recorded my first podcast and got into some big themes… Continue reading Why Do Insights Seem Close When There Ain’t No Sunshine?
My wife has been traveling all week for work and has abandoned me with our children. I kid. Plus, she gets back tomorrow. This trip went better than the last one. Nobody got Covid. The kids weren’t home from school in quarantine protocols at a critical time in the sales month. We didn’t run out… Continue reading Today’s Story: Over-Confident Dad Gets Crass Reminder From Child that He Knows Nothing
Self-care is not a common buzz word among the “Dad” group. It doesn’t come up on the golf course or during the occasional manly steakhouse dinner with the brüs. But why not? Modern parents live in a world where the expectation is largely one of shared responsibilities when it comes to parenting, housework, and even… Continue reading What Dads Should Not Fear If They Want to Meet Their Future Grandkids