Photo a Day Challenge: June 30 – You, Excited for June

They invited me to a photo shoot. Seven-hundred-fifty employees here – mostly young, wholly beautiful – and they invited the Gen Xer in dire need of a haircut. They’re for a campaign for our wonderful company. I took my place at the end of the couch, blending in with the Beautiful Six. Blending in like…

Go Ask Daddy About Ancient Sports, Front Range Stores and Brain Training

There’s not a lot of Bo in my girls’ games. By Bo, I mean Bo Jackson, the super athlete who got dudes started on two sports back in the 1990s. For my girls, the year’s split into two seasons: Soccer season, and count-your-wounds-and-fight-with-each-other-until-soccer-season-starts-again season. That’s fine with me. Other families transition into basketball after fall soccer….

Photo a Day Challenge: June 18 – Pink (Plus a Monday Music Blog Hop)

My kids have developed an aversion to pink. It’s partially because the entire toy section seems to be divided along pink vs. camo lines. My girls bring ferocity, in a pretty way. That’s the best way to describe it. Not hair-bow pretty, but just enough eye makeup, usually painted fingernails pretty. Yet, they come to…

Photo a Day Challenge: June 17 – Organizatin

Take one look in my work bag or backseat of my car, and you’ll learn fast: Organizatin isn’t my strong suit. I am, however, a problem solver. Today’s organizatin photo features froyo from the RV food court. I’d encountered a problem on my previous cup: Toppings that stayed at the top. As first-world as this…

Photo a Day Challenge: June 15 – Birth

First of all, this is Grace’s photo, not mine. When I see something beautiful to photograph, before I can even find the stupid camera icon on my $20 Android, one of my girls will inevitably whip out an iPhone or iPod and say, “dad, I got this. Your phone camera sucks.” I wish they were…

Photo a Day Challenge: June 14 – Ocean

The ocean came to Charlotte once. On Sept. 22, 1989, Hurricane Hugo made landfall in Charleston, S.C., in Category 4 glory. When the storm reached Charlotte, 85 miles away, he still packed hurricane-strength winds. I woke up after 3 a.m. to find my cat, Cybill, and turned on the radio. (Side note: We had TVs…

#StreamOfConsciousness Challenge: Book

Note: I wrote this stream-of-consciousness post given the one-word prompt “book,” on the blog Life in Progress. I have to finish this book, y’all. It’s the one I’ve started and gotten further on than anything I tried to jot in a random steno pad. It’s about the NFL in the 1970s. And here’s the thing:…

Photo a Day Challenge: June 2 – Sunshine

I got a little help with today’s photo. I won’t call it stealing, or cheating. I’d waited all day for sunshine, and when it came, I was inside. I drove through angry storms from Mooresville to Charlotte, through flooded streets and below thunder-crackling skies. I picked Elise and her friend up from the mall. The sun…