Go Ask Daddy About Cinematic Symbolism, Steve Martin Stunts and Retail/Dining options for Dec. 31

NPR just made rain kind of gross. A show promo pointed out that water we drink today has passed through the kidneys of a brontosaurus. Japanese freestyle swimmer Shigeo Arai probably swam through it in the 1936 Olympics. It might have lived in a water pitcher on the set of the Dominican telenovela Tropico, too. IContinue reading “Go Ask Daddy About Cinematic Symbolism, Steve Martin Stunts and Retail/Dining options for Dec. 31”

42 People Who Need a Stern Talkin-To (Who Aren’t named Hope Solo)

I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore. Well, okay. I’m not happy. I noticed Hopey Solo – I mean, Hope – trending on Twitter the other night. That can’t be good, I thought. And it wasn’t. Turns out, Boo got suspended for six months for mouthing off after a shootoutContinue reading “42 People Who Need a Stern Talkin-To (Who Aren’t named Hope Solo)”

Guest Post: Olympian Leo Manzano, on The American Dream

Seems like there’s lot of hurdles in these upcoming Summer Games. Only some are on the track. Headlines about doping, violence, killer mosquitoes and more steal the Olympic glare from the attraction we tune in for most: The competitors. To me, the Olympics has always been a treasure chest of stories, just waiting. Today’s guestContinue reading “Guest Post: Olympian Leo Manzano, on The American Dream”

23 Words of Advice for Millennials (from a Gen Xer)

Easy – some of my best friends are Millennials. I’ve had some right here on this blog. Like this one, and this one too. I read some, like her, her and her. And you know about the whole J-Law and Hopey Solo thing. So sometimes words might feel harsh up in here, on this post.Continue reading “23 Words of Advice for Millennials (from a Gen Xer)”

Go Ask Daddy About Summer Celebrations, Pretend Grass and ‘Is that !@#$! in English??’

So one time, I made the principal’s daughter cry. No, it wasn’t a broken heart, or even a noogie on the playground taken too far. Being the devout patriot she was, she took exception to my project on advertising in our gifted and talented class. See, I made a series of newspaper ads for aContinue reading “Go Ask Daddy About Summer Celebrations, Pretend Grass and ‘Is that !@#$! in English??’”

#AtoZChallenge: M is for My Status Update is … Trill AF?

So my boss said I was “trill AF” tonight. I had to look that up on urban dictionary, of course. It’s pretty bad-ass, actually. Totally not me, though. I just wanted to cap a rough day with a Red Baron pizza and a 40. Yeah, a 40. Only, apparently, I don’t know what a 40Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge: M is for My Status Update is … Trill AF?”

Guest Post: Sara Letourneau, on Soccer Coach Dads and Passion Pursuits

You guys have shared stories of your fathers with me, and it often leaves me with a hope – a hope that someday, someone will think of me this way as a dad, too. Sara Letourneau managed to meld tales of her father the soccer coach with her own realizations as a writer. In molecularContinue reading “Guest Post: Sara Letourneau, on Soccer Coach Dads and Passion Pursuits”

A to Z Challenge: U is for Underdog

I pull for the underdog – except for when I don’t. In the A to Z Challenge today, U is for Underdog. I live it, breathe it, and coach it. I identify with it. Only pizza ranks higher in word count on this blog than underdog. In the NFL playoffs, I root for the underdog.[1]Continue reading “A to Z Challenge: U is for Underdog”