1. Work. Hard. 2. Do for others. 3. Read. Analyze. Discuss. Take a position. 4. Live with style (a mustache and bow tie helps). 5. Taste as many flavors as you can. 6. Stick to your guns. 7. Guns are bad.
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“As civilization advances, the sense of wonder declines. Such decline is an alarming symptom of our state of mind. Humankind will not perish for want of information; but only for want of appreciation. The beginning of our happiness lies in the understanding that life without wonder is not worth living.” – A.J. Heschel I’m far [...]
If I can make a kid feel this way, then I’ve done my job. For all the sleeplessness, the heartache and the worry, there are moments when you do something to evoke this look of wonder on your child’s face. Take them on a ride at Disney (as I did here). Treat them to a [...]
Just remember how colorful your life has become since the little people came to stay.
They say that necessity is the mother of invention and this photograph proves it. I was going to write a loving post about how my son is learning to read and write — and I still plan to — but before I had a chance he immediately applied his newfound skills to one of his [...]
Click this… [audio:http://www.daddyfactory.com/audio/phonemessage1.mp3] If you have kids, you probably find yourself telling humorous or profound stories about what your child said that day or that week. I’ve done it here a hundred times, because even the grandparents are tired of my tales at this point. But the resounding response to most of them is: “You’ve [...]
I recently heard an interview with Dr. Jerome Groopman of Harvard Medical School whose new book, How Doctors Think, attempts to explain, among other things, why doctors misdiagnose patients somewhere between 15 and 25 percent of the time. Part of the reason? Doctors interrupt their patients, on average, within the first 18 seconds of a [...]
My mother-in-law was here this weekend and complained the entire time about how cold my house is. I offered her a fleece. I cooked her food and bought her dinner (she’s as hefty as George Bush is bright). I reminded her that Al Gore just won the Nobel Prize. This meant nothing, because it’s easier [...]
Sometimes you really want your kids to grow up faster, so you can see who they’ll be. Sometimes you want to stop them in their tracks. You teach them something new, take pride in their achievement, and then mourn their lost innocence; admire/fear their independence/loss of dependence (on you, natch). Sam still says “bone and [...]
This book should probably be called The Dangerous Book For Dads because it is so incredibly addictive, brilliant and satisfying. Imagine a book that includes everything that matters. Wondering how to tie “the five knots every boy should know?” What the heck latitude and longitude really are? How to build a treehouse? A go-kart? A [...]