Nope, it’s not the latest in Reality TV.Per the attached article from the Associated Press, “The government and vaccine makers are seeking thousands of volunteers, from babies to the elderly, to roll up their sleeves for the first swine flu shots – to test whether a new vaccine really will protect against this novel virus …
Can the Italian's make GREEN sexy?
Unless I’m casually leaning on it while sipping an espresso on the Piazza Navona with my lovely wife on my arm, I don’t think there’s any way I could look sexy on this hybrid scooter. That said, if I wouldn’t get mowed down by one of Texas’s ubiquitous ½ ton pickup trucks as soon as …
Wordle: Words as Art, Literally
Perhaps “art” is too strong a word, but if you’ve not tried the application Wordle (at wordle.net), you should. I plugged the text of several of my earlier blogs into this free online Java application, and this was the result… my words as art (well, sort of): (click on image for to view a larger …
Pod People: The Invasion has Begun
Apparently I inadvertently tapped into a growing trend when I blogged about “nap pods” last year in my Sleeping on the Job blog. Recently my wife and I have been discussing what type of playhouse we might build for our daughter (now just 9 months old). Perhaps the answer is one of the concept pods …
Don't Text and Drive
Distracted driving was to blame in 80 percent of car crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes, according to a study released by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute last year. The most common distraction? Cell phones, with 73 percent of drivers admitting they talk while they steer, the study found. …
Sleeping on the Job?
Do any of you sleep on the job? Do you wish you could? With a six-month-old baby at home neither my wife nor I are always getting a full night’s rest. Sometimes I’m so sleepy at work I think if I could just close my eyes and snooze for 20 minutes it would really help. …
Scarborough Renaissance Festival
My wife, I and our wee baby girl have visited Scarborough Renaissance Festival near Dallas several times this year. We always find it quite entertaining… and it’s almost over. So, join the King and Queen and all the villagers and guests on this the final weekend of Scarborough Renaissance Festival before the gates close on …
Reading to Children – A Dad’s Perspective
Reading to children is important, more important than we know. Experts say reading to children can have a huge impact on their lives, and I’ve seen that impact already on our daughter…. [read more]
AI for Parents – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the shiny new AI toys making headlines recently. So, let’s have a little chat about these fantastic and sometimes frightening AI tools:
What Parents Need to Know About ChatGPT
By now you’ve probably heard of ChatGPT and more recently about Bard. It’s shaping up to be quite the battle of the tech titans, and as parents we need to help ensure our kids aren’t among the casualties.
Family Travel: Nostalgia for the Family Road-trip
Let’s daydream for a moment of summer; the summer ahead and the hazy memories of our childhood summers past. Oh, and I’ll tell you the tale of THE AMAZING THING!
Dads Just Want to Have Fun
Or at least they should. Let me explain. It was brought to my attention by my loving wife and also by at least one commenter on my recent blog: 7 Ways to be a Better Dad (aka: “Stop and Smell the Diapers”) that I had left something important off my list. So, here is that missing guideline on how to be a better dad: HAVE FUN!
7 Ways to be a Better Dad
Stop and smell the diapers. Just a few suggestions from one dad to another on making the most of the most important years of our lives and those of our kids. And just to be clear, I’m writing this not because I think I’m such a great dad or because I know or do it all right. Nope, I’m writing it as a reminder to myself of a few of the things I need to focus on every day to be just a bit better as a father.
Suffering in Silence – It’s Time We Talk about Miscarriage
Too often parents suffer in silence after a miscarriage, believing they are alone, feeling perhaps somehow it was their fault. It’s time for the silence to end.
Watching the Film “He Named Me Malala” with Children
Why See the Film He Named Me Malala? The film fosters awareness of issues surrounding the importance of girls’ education and shows how the ordinary person can take action to help girls around the world. The …
Household Dangers – 5 Things to Watch Out For!
Our children are precious to us. We talk to them about stranger danger, and we baby proof the house! We do whatever we think we need to, to keep them safe! But there are 5 …
Frozen: Disney Changes its Tune on True Love
In Disney’s Oscar nominated animated film Frozen, I was pleased to see they intentionally skewer their own fairy tale meme about “true love”. Did you see it?
Decluttering, Downsizing and Moving… Oh My!
My wife and I are in the middle of decluttering our home in preparation for downsizing to a much smaller new family home. Sounds easy enough, right?
Best Books for a 5-Year-Old Girl
I hope you can help? As a guy, I’m not always sure what books a little girl will like. What is a great book to read to a 5-year-old girl?