Things to do in Shelburne Vermont – Part 1

When we decided to move to Vermont four years ago, we just knew Burlington. We traveled for years to the city by the lake to partake in the food, beer and the quirkiness that I think our lives needed more of.  Once we had kids we saw it as a mecca for families but when…

Dee Dee McGee and Her Musical Knee

Have a little scab-picker living under your roof?  Here’s some bad poetry that may not stop your kid from picking scabs, but will let them know you’re paying attention.  Dee Dee McGee and Her Musical Knee Dee Dee McGee Skinned Her knee,      While Climbing up a sycamore tree. She didn’t shout or little…

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…

Driving with Whales and Zeppelins

Driving with Whales and Zeppelins Boring. That was how eight-year-old Louis Butler described visiting Grandpa Charlie’s cottage on the isle of Jersey. The man did not have Nintendo or Cable TV.  His telly was a old piece of furniture with plants and books atop it. Visits always consisted of sitting around drinking tea in the…

Get Lost in Vermont : The Man Cave on Humpback Whale Street

The tenth of fifty fictional places to visit in Vermont you won’t find in any travel guide, because even the locals don’t know they don’t exist. Get Lost in Vermont: The Man Cave on Humpback Whale Street Soon after outing the Shelburne Tunnel in my previous Get Lost, Ed the gentleman who revealed its location…

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….

My Top Ten Favorite Films of the Decade (2010s)

This decade was no 90s, but there were plenty of great films. I based my list on how many times I’ve watched a film and my desire to watch again. Lady Bird The Wolf of Wall Street Blade Runner 2049 Sicario The Social Network The Tree of Life Mad Max Fury Road Once Upon a…

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…