Getting Real (Fictionally, of Course)

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Comedian Jim Gaffigan recently launched his very own sitcom titled, perhaps a bit uncreatively, The Jim Gaffigan Show. It’s on TV Land, and the show’s gotten all sorts of attention. I reviewed it earlier this week, and while it has its share of problems, I have to say I enjoyed parts of it. Not just […]

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The Screen-Time Battle Begins With You

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How do we set and keep reasonable and appropriate screen-time limits for our children? With the proliferation of screens everywhere—largely due to the explosion of smartphone and tablet usage in the last few years—this is a pressing question for many parents. But what if the answer begins not with our kids, but with us, not […]

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I’ve Got to Copyright My What?

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We live in a strange age, ladies and gents. It’s a time of Snapchat, selfie sticks and smartphones that come packing multi-megapixel cameras and infrared sensors. Sadly, this is also an age of something called “Revenge Porn.” Now, if you have absolutely no idea what that is (lucky you), it’s essentially nonconsensual pornography. Say, for […]

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Exposing the Birthday Party Industrial Complex

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Two of my children went to friends’ birthday parties last weekend. My 6-year-old daughter joined a friend at a trampoline park, while my 8-year-old son headed off to Dart Warz (an establishment catering to the irrepressible urge for tweens and teens, mostly boys, to plunk one another with Terminator-ready Nerf blasters almost as big as […]

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A Country Chat With Garth Brooks

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On March 27, the first part of my two-part blog on Garth Brooks appeared here. Today, I’d like to give you a behind-the-scenes look into the questions and answers that occurred at this “pep rally” to dedicate a new teen area at a Denver hospital. What follows comes from two different interviews—one where I had a […]

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OneRepublic’s Positively Positive Portrait of Fatherhood

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Dads often take it on the chin in popular culture. Sitcoms depict us as forgetful, undependable, disheveled doofuses who mysteriously manage to snare pretty ‘n’ petite, omnicompetent wives. On TV and in movies, dads are often overweight, dim-witted, slow-moving targets of clichéd jokes, never mind that science has affirmed over and over again the critical […]

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Them’s The Tech Rules, Kiddo

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Siblings on the floor using tablet

I recently spotted an article from The Spectrum called “Keeping Tabs on Kid’s Tech” and was impressed with what one family did when it came to their children and the techy gadgets they used. The Ruesch family essentially established some commonsense ground rules for their kids. The children who were old enough for cell phones […]

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The Little Mermaid Turns 25 (Which Is a Few Years Younger Than the Garden of Eden)

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The Little Mermaid opened nationally in theaters 25 years ago Monday (Nov. 17). It proved to be a pretty significant day in the annals of animated filmdom, marking not just the beginning of Disney’s fabled renaissance (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King followed hot on the Mermaid’s scaly heels) but also an […]

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