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A Few Thoughts on Leave No Trace
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A Few Thoughts on Leave No Trace

I asked the question when we were about 4 minutes away from the toy store where the teen works. We were heading there for the start of her 10am – 4pm shift this morning. I wish we had longer to discuss “Leave No Trace” and I wish there was a […]

OWTK PHILLY LOCAL: Your July 2018 Kidchella Preview
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OWTK PHILLY LOCAL: Your July 2018 Kidchella Preview

We’re one week away from the 2nd Kidchella all-ages music festival of the summer. Last month, The Pop Ups and Alex & The Kaleidoscope delighted nearly 800 adults and kids gathered on the cool green grass of the Smith Memorial Playground. Now it’s time for a couple of Kidchella vets […]

Making My Relationships Better Thanks To The Xfinity Mobile Phone Cleanse
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Making My Relationships Better Thanks To The Xfinity Mobile Phone Cleanse

In theory, this was going to be as easy as Sunday morning. I’d uninstall some apps, go grey for a day, back up and delete all those b-roll selfies and the gigabyte-wasting bizarre videos of feet and nostrils taken by my daughters, and I’d keep my gorgeous lilac purple S9+ […]

Life As A Time Capsule Of Faded Mementos and Forgotten Moments
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Life As A Time Capsule Of Faded Mementos and Forgotten Moments

It’s like a child scooping up fresh cold water from a creek only to lose more than half their prize through the gaps they cannot help from appearing while squeezing with everything they’ve got. It’s never enough. There’s just no way to have it all. It was maybe 10 nights […]

The Silent Invisible End
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The Silent Invisible End

There’s something about going 78 miles per hour on the turnpike that pushes America’s turn toward a fascist kleptocracy into focus. The sky is so lovely with perfect puffs of well-defined white in the shape of bunnies, dragons, and a barn set atop a sea of maternity ward baby blue. […]

Recalibrating Your Relationship With Your Phone
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Recalibrating Your Relationship With Your Phone

At one point they didn’t exist and then poof, suddenly smartphones were a thing. A thing we all suddenly had in our purses, pockets and palms. That was like, what, a dozen years ago? A blink of the eye, really. So smartphones are basically tweens and sometimes we don’t have […]

This summer is going to be different
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This summer is going to be different

A XXXL guy bopping up and down on a riding mower — yeah, no. I never liked the optics of that scene, so I never painted it. Instead, I’d walk behind a push mower with a modest 21” cutting width, going back and forth and forth and back every 5-7 […]

Making The Summer Safer, No Helicopter Parenting Required
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Making The Summer Safer, No Helicopter Parenting Required

There’s a helicopter museum near our house. I’m sure it’s lovely. I dunno, I’ve never been. In the early days of my life as a stay-at-home dad a decade ago, that museum was something of a punchline in jokes volleyed between my wife and me. She’d wind me up with […]

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