Book Review: The Stranger in the Woods

Would you willingly, on a whim, decide to give up everything and live off the land? Cut off from all human interaction. With your only food source available by pilfering from nearby seasonal lake houses. At age 20. Roughing it outdoors for all but one day. In Maine. for 27 years?! Author Michael Finkel tells … Continue reading Book Review: The Stranger in the Woods

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Putting a bow on 2018 Dad 2.0 Summit

I haven't put a bow on anything besides a gift here and there, and last I checked, bows aren't something you can put on typed words, either. And there's certainly no bow large enough to be put on the Dad 2.0 Summit. My 2nd Dad 2.0 Summit exceeded my first last year for the simple fact I … Continue reading Putting a bow on 2018 Dad 2.0 Summit

A Thank You to Dad 2.0 Summit (& New Orleans)

It seems way too soon to write in totality about my four-plus days spent in New Orleans for 2018's Dad 2.0 Summit, so I'll break it down into easily digestible pieces over the next few days/weeks. And for my own sake, I'll go chronologically to help me remember everything in as much detail as I … Continue reading A Thank You to Dad 2.0 Summit (& New Orleans)

Book Review: The Long Haul

Kind of a relatable book but not even close to relatable because my father-in-law drives a car hauler. According to author Finn Murphy's intro, these specialists are known as "parking lot attendants," which my FIL quickly informed me was "old school CB talk." Throughout the book, Murphy (call name U-Turn) repeatedly informs us of his … Continue reading Book Review: The Long Haul

Primer for Dad 2.0 Summit: New Orleans

With my flight to New Orleans eight days away and the Dad 2.0 Summit only nine, it's time to put in words what I'm most looking forward to this time around. Last year was the first time I attended and it was an all-around awesome time. Still relatively new to this whole dad influencer space, I … Continue reading Primer for Dad 2.0 Summit: New Orleans

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