I'm a father, husband, teacher, student, scholar, and in general an extremely curious individual who loves to share thoughts and discoveries with others.
“COX!” “Yes, Coach?” “How much do you weigh?” “About 138.” “Can you get above 140? I want you to wrestle 152.” What was I going to say? Uh, no thanks Coach, that guy’s gonna be a lot bigger than me. So, you know, that might make it kinda hard. My own inability to say no, added to the cult of masculinity that is wrestling, led to me agreeing without even having to think about it.
- Top Story - November 2017
Dads Aren't BabysittersTop Story - November 2017
Let’s try to make sure this question stops being asked: “Oh, is your husband babysitting?” We’ve come a long way from the era of mothers as caregivers and fathers as providers. In many families, both jobs now apply equally. The stereotype of the bumbling idiot, made popular in commercials and sitcoms for decades now, not only cheapens the very real contributions many dads make to parenting, it also continues to pressure and shame mothers.
10 Best Dog Breeds for Children and Families
Any breed can be a good family dog, and a dog from any breed could turn out to be an absolute disaster. Much of it is in the training and treatment of the dog, but there are also certain traits that make some breeds more likely to be quality family dogs than others.
5 Kids Shows that Parents HATE
Even the best kids show can grow annoying if it becomes your child’s favorite, but parents, siblings, relatives, and babysitters know that while some kids shows are alright, and occasionally even enjoyable, there are some that seem to have been designed specifically with parental torment in mind. Here’s my countdown of five of the worst offenders.
The Clean Missouri Ballot Initiative Aims to End Corruption in State Politics
Political corruption has been very much in the news lately. The most recent stories have focused on foreign interference in our most recent elections. But other forms of corruption are much older, and remain recurring topics of discussion. One of the most common is so-called pay-to-play politics, in which lobbyists and wealthy citizens purchase the loyalty of elected officials. Another problem is gerrymandering, or redrawing electoral districts to favor one party over another. Wisconsin was recently in the news for Republicans’ egregious use of data to redraw districts.
President Rutherford B. Hayes, National Hero Of… Paraguay?!
In Paraguay, a poor landlocked nation in South America, just north of the capital city of Asuncion, is a town called Villa Hayes (or Hayesville). It is the capital of the Department (state) of Presidente Hayes. Though Paraguay has a long and fascinating history, they have never had a president named Hayes. The town, department, professional soccer team, elementary school, and various statues, are all dedicated to US President Rutherford B. Hayes.
Every Day Is an Adventure
Today, for the first day in a while, I woke up feeling like I was actually ready for the day. My wife’s 5:40 alarm went off, originally set for I know not what, and now ritually ignored. When my daughter asked for some milk, instead of grunting and rolling over, searching for some precious extra moments of sleep, I hopped up and got it for her, started some coffee, and sat down and got to work.