Book Review: This is a Call

Title: This is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl Author: Paul Brannigan Publisher, Release Date: Da Capo Press, February 5, 2013 Pages: 416 Rating: 9.2/10 This was an easy one to decide on because not only is it a music biography, it's a music biography about an artist whose music I thoroughly enjoy: Dave … Continue reading Book Review: This is a Call


How-To: Make a Mix Tape, ’88-’93

I was recently involved in a spirited text conversation with fellow Long Islander and Life of Dad co-founder Patrick Quinn after reading his article titled 5 Awesome Inconveniences Our Kids Will Miss Out On. Pat also does a recurring column for LoD called Playlist Elevated, where he shines light on bands you might not know but … Continue reading How-To: Make a Mix Tape, ’88-’93

Book Review: Being a Dad Is Weird

Title: Being a Dad Is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Family to Yours Author: Ben Falcone Publisher, Release Date: HarperCollins, May 16, 2017 Pages: 240 Rating: 8.8/10 I finished my very first book of 2018 on New Years Day, a new record. It helped that I started reading Ben Falcone's Being a Dad Is Weird: Lessons in … Continue reading Book Review: Being a Dad Is Weird

The day the boys turned into animals

My frantic morning with Austin included trips to Target, Aldi, Stop & Shop, and Big Lots - all within a 90-minute window. I think Christmas shopping for the boys might finally be done. Probably not, but the rest will be little things. Literally. Target and Big Lots are half-mile apart, yet they bookended my trip. … Continue reading The day the boys turned into animals

Top 9 Albums of the 2017

Death, taxes, and end-of-the-year Top 10 Albums of the Year lists. Here's another. A lot of the music I listen to is from cartoons or animated movies, but I'm outside doing yard work, inside prepping dinner, cleaning up, or driving to work by alone, I get a chance to listen to some adult music. And my … Continue reading Top 9 Albums of the 2017

Christmas Traditions, according to Nolan

I’ll revisit this with Nolan to see what the traditions are this year…but one thing I can tell you, we’ve already done four of the six things on this tradition list.

Home-Field Dad

With another successful hosting of Thanksgiving in the books, it’s time to set our sights on the next holiday – Christmas – and all things leading up to it. The other day, Nolan was sent home from school with a worksheet asking for family holiday traditions. It’s completely optional but because of his love for schooland exuberance, he decided todo it! I present to you our family traditions.img_1389

  • CHoP DoWN our tree!We went to Cedar Ledge Tree Farm cut downthe 2016 Darcy Family tree, a fluffy White Pine. We’ve been a Concolor Fir family for the past several years. We stay away from the spruces because the needles are too damn pointy and with boyswho touch everything, it’s a bad idea. Linds hung the lights and ornaments since I deferred to her last year after getting too frustrated miserably stringing the lights in previous years. She’s a lot…

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My 6-year-old’s (Practical) Christmas List

Nolan wrote a letter to Santa the other day consisting of what he's hoping to get for Christmas. And honestly, it's a damn good list, full of practical and useful things instead of outrageous requests - like a bounce house. There's only seven things on it, so here it is: one. The game sorry. A … Continue reading My 6-year-old’s (Practical) Christmas List