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The Zen of Making Your Bed

There is great wisdom in what Admiral William McRaven says in the video below about the simple act of making your bed. When I was growing up, my mom insisted we make our beds every day … and do it “right.” When we’d complain (and we often did), she’d say that once we had homes […]

Make ’em Laugh

I see a lot of photos pass across my screen each day. And over on my Facebook page, I post and forward a fair number of them, myself. But this is one of my favorite images I’ve seen in a very long time. Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Dick Van Dyke are three men who […]

Making My Dad Feel Old

I was on the phone with my dad the other day when, in the middle of an otherwise mundane conversation about how the NY Giants’ season is shaping up, he paused and then said, “Son, you’re going to be fifty years old in a couple of weeks.” “Yeah, Dad,” I agreed. “I sure am.” “I […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

A number of years ago, I’d sort of established it as a tradition to write a special Thanksgiving post here on the blog. (Check back in the archive for 2006–2009, if you like.) It is, longtime followers may recall, my favorite holiday, in large part because (colonial origins not withstanding) Thanksgiving is not based on […]

Picture Book Month: Why Are Picture Books Important?

As if I needed more reasons to promote my ongoing Kickstarter campaign for The Littlest Shoggoth, it turns out that November is not merely the time of NaNoWriMo, it’s also Picture Book Month! I was, of course completely unaware of that when I picked this as the month to run a fund drive for my […]

Happy New Year!

Okay! Here we are … 2011! Everything is shiny and new! Well … just as shiny and new as things are EVERY morning. That’s really the lesson I like to take from New Year’s Day … because I’ve always found it a little silly to mark this one calendar day as a “new start” when […]

National Day of Listening

Thanksgiving Day was terrific for me, and I hope it was for you, too. Now it’s on to the holiday weekend. For many people that means A LOT of shopping, but it also means more time spent with family and friends. With that second part in mind, I want to do my little bit to […]

All In The Family

My parents’ 46th wedding anniversary was yesterday, and being a good son, I called to wish them well. My father doesn’t like to talk on the phone much … in fact, after about 45 seconds you can HEAR him start to get a bit fidgety and begin looking for excuses to wrap up the conversation. […]

Comic Con: Day 2 (Morning)

A good night’s sleep and I feel mostly ready to head back into the madness. My feet are a little sore … but I’ve got the ache of minor shin splints that come from too much time standing on hard floors. The thing that kills me at any convention isn’t the walking or the talking […]

Happy Fathers Day!

Dads are pretty easy to please on Father’s Day. You don’t have to take them out to brunch, or buy them flowers, or get dressed up … not for most of the dads I know. No, mostly what you have to do is remember to call them … and give them the “present” of being […]