Go Ask Daddy About Feet Pegs, Guy’s Fees and Tree Traditions

Some parts of life keep us grounded. Our faith. Our family. Our mortgage. Or, little holes in our heels that keep us secured to various Star Wars action figure playsets. The figures I grew up playing with had them, and any official playset had pegs. It helped the stiff-legged rebels and bounty hunters stand up…

Make Your Own Holiday Day, in 6 Words

Thanksgiving. Turkey. Fourth of July. Grilled burgers. Christmas. Tamales. See what happens? Mention a holiday, I bring up food. Every time. Try it again.

There Are No Days Like Snow Days

Let me tell you about the Carolinas. We have Cheerwine. Barbecue. A whole month to commemorate barbecue, in fact. If there isn’t a minor-league baseball team in your town, there’s one in the next. The mountains are that way, the beach the other. Right in the middle ain’t too bad, either. Did I mention the…

A Parent’s Christmas, in 6 Words

It’s Christmas Eve, and I’m sick – and I don’t mean like Tony Hawk. The holidays are here, and just as I found that spirit coursing through my veins – was it the bowl of sugar-cookie dough chilling in the fridge? My admission that I’d definitely split a pizza with Jan from the Toyota commercials?…

Christmas Crunch Time? Dad’s Got This

So in all my 6 Words harvesting and cavorting with stellar bloggers, Rory of Time Out for Mom tossed a question my way – then suggested it might not make a horrible post. What’s Christmas all about for a dad? It might not be the Black (Ops) Friday shopping or Poinsettia patterns or Advent calendars…

Elf of a Shelf, Chicano Style: Why Ours Could Beat Up Yours

Talk about a White Christmas. Grace this year has asked for an Elf on the Shelf. This is new to us. This is … white, to us. I’m not sure where this is headed, truthfully. It feels like a gateway, this elf. What’s next? J Crew? Duck Dynasty? Split the difference with some Taylor Swift?…

What Sandy Hook Taught Me: Keep My Girls Close

Kiss your kids and hug them tightly tonight, you said, mom bloggers. Reform gun-control laws, you said, concerned liberals. Outfit schools with armed guards, you said, National Rifle Association. In the aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in December, everyone had an idea of something to do. Some said to ban assault weapons because who…