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We Must Resist (Binge Watching Netflix)
OWTK TV News

We Must Resist (Binge Watching Netflix)

I’m not one of those ‘everything was better back in the day’ walking flesh bags of rose-colored nostalgia but hot damn I do try to resist the binge watching trend hard. But, but, but it is so freaking hard because all the episodes are right there, up on the screen […]

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 
Writing

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
Travel

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 […]

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