7 Things you can do to Beat Decision Fatigue

Researchers estimate we make nearly 35,000 decisions in the course of the day.  Of course, nearly all of them are subconscious and seemingly care little weight and few consequences.

The Marvel of an Ordinary Life

“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people…

Gross Potions – Available on Kindle Today

I had two resolutions for 2019. The first was to develop a dessert that would be the winter equivalent of ice cream.  Three weeks left in the month, and the warm mousse cone pops are still stuck in R&D. The second resolution, publish a book, check.  I focused more on publishing than desserts and discovered….

51 Dad Hacks and Observations

Nothing prepares you for being a parent.  If someone tells you getting a dog is like practice for having kids it’s okay to laugh in their face and throw food at them.  Having eight insomniac dogs over the age of 11 that need shots, eye drops and are allergic to gluten is maybe in the…

Get Lost in Vermont – The Shelburne Tunnel

The ninth of fifty fictional places to visit in Vermont you won’t find in any travel guide. Even the locals don’t know about them. ______________________________ THE SHELBURNE TUNNEL To bypass dull dinner party chit-chat, I come ready with ice breaker questions. Last month when I attended an invite-only keto beer – goat cheese pairing at…

Three Years in Shelburne

Three years ago this weekend, we moved from the beaches of Delaware to the hills of Vermont.  There hasn’t been a moment of regret for me despite the long winters.  The mild summer makes all the effort worth it, plus we’ve added in some winter sports to our activities list.  I created a video of…

Song of the Open Road – Walt Whitman

I edited this after driving around Oregon for a week just before my twins were born. I animated the footage to really let the words settle in. This poem is as relevant now as it was the day Whitman wrote it. There’s the line Out of the dark confinement! out from behind the screen! where he…

Boyhood

We moved to Vermont in 2016, when the boys were four.  We had four wonderful years in Delaware and Maryland exploring beaches, woods. We went to DC, Philly and spent hours and hours at libraries.  The kids tried boardwalk fries and soft serve ice cream. Pretty much the best way a kid can spend four…

Your Best Parenting Age

As a parent, you’ll learn you have a parenting sweet spot. A year in your child’s life where you feel like you’re made for parenting. Like a 3-point specialist in the NBA, every shot you take goes nothing but net. Could it be the first year of your child’s life? Sure. For me, it was…