Posted by Michael Schmid on April 2nd, 2012 at 4:02 pm
My 3½ year old daughter has recently started making rather opinionated comments about daddy’s choice of apparel… and my hair cut… and my beard. If it’s starting at this age, what will she be saying when she’s a teenager? I hear you; “Be afraid. Be very afraid!”
Recently she told me to cut off my beard. Not because it was scratchy, but because “Daddies aren’t supposed to have beards.” You see, except for the Beast, none of the male leads in her Disney films have any facial hair.
Daddy promptly went out and bought her a copy of Tangled! I was sure Flynn Rider would save my beard, but now the discussion (well, demands really) have changed from whether daddy can have a beard to, “If daddy has a beard what kind should he have?” What do you think? I’ve put together a Gallery of Beards: Continue reading »
We just had a terrifying hour and a half here in the Dallas Fort Worth area as tornadoes rolled through! It was not so much the presence of 2 tornadoes on the ground nearby that scared me, it was the fact I could not reach my wife and our little 3 year old girl.
I’m attaching a video of one of the tornadoes as it touched down in Arlington, Texas, where we live. When the tornado sirens went off (thank God they worked) my team and I here at the university were able to get safely to a basement; but being down there prevented me from getting a phone signal, so I was not able to call my wife and daughter to confirm they were safe. The wait seemed forever! Continue reading »
You’ve likely heard about the retired Greek pharmacist who shot himself at Athens central Syntagma square Wednesday. Violence and protests broke out after as people poured into the square spurred on by social media hailing this man a hero.
I’m not Greek nor suffering through the challenging austerity measures purported to have driven this man to kill himself… but I’m going to give you an opinion on his actions anyway – an opinion not reflected anywhere in the press that I can find.
The press has largely focused on fact this man said his financial situation, caused by Greece’s financial crisis and resulting austerity measures, made him choose to end his life. Moreover the press and social media both characterize his public suicide as an almost heroic act of protest.
I don’t agree. Continue reading »