Sunday Reads IV: Seasonal Nostalgia, Meaningful Numerals and the Day Life Began

I’m in the midst of some of my favorite sounds of summer as I write this. I’m in the press box at Sims Legion Park in Gastonia on a Saturday night. I’m covering a pair of Coastal Plain League games. It’s an odd doubleheader: Game 1 was a continuation of a game suspended by rainContinue reading “Sunday Reads IV: Seasonal Nostalgia, Meaningful Numerals and the Day Life Began”

Why Settling (Always) for an Omelet is a Lousy Way to be a Father

Hey … guess what five words anger my kids. Like, instantly. Your game has been canceled Your sister’s wearing your pants We’re all out of cheese Actually, all of those could be considered true statements. (If she finds out her game’s been cancelled while her sister’s wearing her pants and we’re out of cheese? Well,Continue reading “Why Settling (Always) for an Omelet is a Lousy Way to be a Father”

Where We’d Take an Alien, in 6 Words

When I was a kid, I wanted to be friends with Elliott. He’s the boy who befriended E.T. in the movie. He just seemed like the kind of kid I would like to hang out with. Looking back, I believe I probably admired his loyalty and courage in all that happened when E.T. came toContinue reading “Where We’d Take an Alien, in 6 Words”

#GirlsRock: An Interview with PhysAssist Scribes Recruiter Julie Kraemer

Writers come in a load of varieties. There are those of us who blog or those of us who write marketing copy. Others of us watch a ball game, jot stats down profusely, talk to an athlete or two, and tell the story of what happened, and how. Today’s #GirlsRock guest, Julie Kraemer, recruits people to workContinue reading “#GirlsRock: An Interview with PhysAssist Scribes Recruiter Julie Kraemer”

#AtoZChallenge: C is for Interview With a … Cat?

Pigs have guest posted on this very page. Well, one pig. Bacon “Bake” Thompson hogged this space with a guest post a while back. My buddy Janine Huldie held the mic and let the swine writer set his hooves to work on the keyboard. I’ve written about our empty cupboard, and the lessons learned asContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge: C is for Interview With a … Cat?”

#A to Z Challenge: B is for Burgers & 3 Lessons I Learned During a Month Without Them (Plus, 3 Random Smartphone Pics)

I told a co-worker that I staged a hunger strike because of her leaving the company. Most hellish 13 minutes of my life, I announced. This food-related sacrifice plays right into the mindfulness challenge I participated in for March. I softened it to be carnivore-friendly: March was a beef-free month for me. Jen Schwartz’s challenge wasContinue reading “#A to Z Challenge: B is for Burgers & 3 Lessons I Learned During a Month Without Them (Plus, 3 Random Smartphone Pics)”

#GirlsRock: An Interview with Sports Wanderluster Alicia Barnhart

I don’t care for some of the stuff I find in press boxes. Others, I love. Krispy Kreme donuts, for instance. Some places have those! I also love people I meet, like Stacey Dales and Jackie Servais and Alicia Barnhart. Stacey is my favorite NFL Network reporter (and a Coach Daddy reader.) Jackie, a former volleyballContinue reading “#GirlsRock: An Interview with Sports Wanderluster Alicia Barnhart”

Go Ask Daddy About Pizza Placement, Tropical Trappings and Straight Shooting About Strawberries

We have this silly rule, the kids and me. It’s instituted because, 100% of the time, winter, spring, summer or fall, at night and by day, from school, from training, from detention (no, they don’t actually get detention), the girls, each of them individually and together, enter my car and my day with two words:Continue reading “Go Ask Daddy About Pizza Placement, Tropical Trappings and Straight Shooting About Strawberries”

7 Random Smartphone Photos, and a Meat-free Challenge

I used to fill the Wednesday gaps when I didn’t have a guest post lined up with a random assortment of photos from my dilapidated Android phone. Sometimes, they’d include a shot of my dilapidated car, which is embroiled in a long-haul challenge with my dilapidated phone to see who can last the longest. TheyContinue reading “7 Random Smartphone Photos, and a Meat-free Challenge”

#GirlsRock: An Interview with Photographer Beatrice Pitocco

I first picked Beatrice Pitocco for an interview on a blog for work. One question into my interview with her, I knew she was a better match for #GirlsRock – my interviews with women who do cool things. Although the tools Beatrice uses as a photographer are inherently technical, that’s not the main element in her workContinue reading “#GirlsRock: An Interview with Photographer Beatrice Pitocco”