Records and Root Beer From Coast to Coast During An Alaska to Atlantic Epic Family Summer Vacation Records and Root Beer From Coast to Coast During An Alaska to Atlantic Epic Family Summer Vacation
Songs For Everything That Is Childhood Songs For Everything That Is Childhood
The Woman With The Cigarette On The Beach The Woman With The Cigarette On The Beach
The Mighty Pen: Hotel Emma, San Antonio Texas The Mighty Pen: Hotel Emma, San Antonio Texas
Politics Three Cats on Inauguration Day

Three Cats on Inauguration Day

​The coffee pot blackness of night has given way to a steely eyed grey sky but still, at this early hour, the only light in the kitchen emanates from a trio of nightlights, each adorned with original artwork by my two daughters that’s been scaled down to the size of […]

OWTK Toy News & Reviews The Only Funko Pop Announcement We Want: Over The Garden Wall Funko Pop! Figures

The Only Funko Pop Announcement We Want: Over The Garden Wall Funko Pop! Figures

As the London toy Fair rolls on, Funko is announcing more and more Pop! figures and series on their blog, Pop! figures that will be added to their massive vinyl library in 2017. There will be Funko Pop! Looney Tunes, Space Jam, MSTK3K, Reservoir Dogs, Retro Video Game Minis, Lord […]

Travel Records and Root Beer From Coast to Coast During An Alaska to Atlantic Epic Family Summer Vacation

Records and Root Beer From Coast to Coast During An Alaska to Atlantic Epic Family Summer Vacation

The skeleton of our two week drive from Washington state to New Jersey has been assembled for sometime but now the connective tissue and some of the joints of those 14 sunny summer days we’ll spend behind the wheel of what will surely be a jam-packed Kia Sedona are finally, […]

RECIPE BOX The Best Shrimp and Grits Recipe Ever

The Best Shrimp and Grits Recipe Ever

This isn’t hyperbole, it’s fact. Chef Dan Vargo of Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood inside the Hilton Sandestin Resort in sunny FLA is the mastermind behind the greatest, richest, most decadent shrimp and grits recipe I have ever tasted, and you will ever taste. Last month, despite never having made […]

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Records and Root Beer From Coast to Coast During An Alaska to Atlantic Epic Family Summer Vacation
Travel

Records and Root Beer From Coast to Coast During An Alaska to Atlantic Epic Family Summer Vacation

The skeleton of our two week drive from Washington state to New Jersey has been assembled for sometime but now the connective tissue and some of the joints of those 14 sunny summer days we’ll spend behind the wheel of what will surely be a jam-packed Kia Sedona are finally, […]

Songs For Everything That Is Childhood
OWTK Kindie Music News

Songs For Everything That Is Childhood

For a long while now I’ve been fond of saying, when speaking lovingly about the golden age of family music, that the reason the current generation of all-ages, kindie, family, children’s music is so flipping fantastic is that the songs being written, recorded and released are not all cupcakes and […]

Intimacy 
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Intimacy 

Third floor mattress on the deck AOL dial tone beside the desk Flecks of life beneath bare feet Doughnut boxes and newsprint fingers Lyrics on the cracked white wall Flailing heart on a sleeve A gross misunderstanding of nostalgia Listening to her having sex downstairs With Aaron or Lance or […]

The Woman With The Cigarette On The Beach
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The Woman With The Cigarette On The Beach

The phone dings, that familiar modern sound alerting us of something new, cutting through the hiss of onions sauteing in hot oil in the kitchen, breaking the still silence of a bedroom at night or, in this case, emanating from the lone back pocket of knit shorts with red and […]

The Mighty Pen: Hotel Emma, San Antonio Texas
The Mighty Pen / Travel

The Mighty Pen: Hotel Emma, San Antonio Texas

If, as I rolled up to The Hotel Emma, sunken deep into the quilted pillow backseat of a jet black Cadenza, if my mind was centered in that moment on the type of pen that would be waiting for me in the room, I’d have thought, based on the heavy […]

Little Lessons in Gratitude and Appreciating More Than What’s Directly In Front Of You
Parenting Blog

Little Lessons in Gratitude and Appreciating More Than What’s Directly In Front Of You

It was our second-ever Frank Turner concert and the English frontman did the same thing on both occasions. Something 99.9% of bands don’t think to do. At some point near the middle of his passionate, blistering punk-folk sets, Turner paused above a steady but subdued back beat to show gratitude, […]

Memories of The Burren in Ireland with Kids
Travel

Memories of The Burren in Ireland with Kids

Ireland with kids was lovely. But Ireland for us was complicated. As I wrote upon returning home from vacation last summer, the Emerald Isle proved something of a cataclysmic glitch in our epic U.K. holiday and, ultimately, in our marriage. We overcame, barely, and have grown significantly as people and […]

How To Avoid Flu-Induced FOMO
Parenting Blog

How To Avoid Flu-Induced FOMO

Last Christmas I gave you my heart, but the very next day you threw up everything into the toilet. Hold up, hold up right there: that’s not at all how the song goes. As bad as that tune is, and let’s not mince words, it is T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E, I’ve somehow managed […]

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