As I sit here sipping my fourth mint julep in as many days, I decided to reflect upon the combo birthday party we threw for Nolan (7th) and Austin (2nd) this past weekend. Granted, at this stage in their lives, it's a bit easier, but you never know. We offered Nolan two options for his … Continue reading 7 Reasons to Throw Your Kid’s Party at Home
Way back when, I took the Suffolk County police exam. Suffice to say, I never got a call so I probably bombed the test, but reading The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop by Steve Osborne, a first-hand account of what his life and cop life was like makes … Continue reading Book Review: The Job
Location: Western Asia, its Eastern border is the Caspian Sea Population: 9.8+ million Area: 33,400 sq. mi. Famous Person: Fun Fact 1: Azerbaijan is home to over 400 mud volcanoes, more than half the total throughout the world Fun Fact 2: Garry Kasparov, a former world chess champion, was born in the capital city of … Continue reading Flag of the Day: Azerbaijan
The Bahamas Location: located within the Lucayan Archipelago in the Caribbean, north of Cuba and Haiti Population: 391,000+ Area: 5,300+ sq. mi. Famous Person: Sir Sidney Poitier, actor, author, director, diplomat; 1st black actor to win Academy Award for Best Actor (Lillies in the Field, 1964) Fun Fact 1: 98.2% of the population of The … Continue reading Nolan’s Flags of the Day: The Bahamas, Madagascar (4/19/18)
If you followed along on my Instagram stories yesterday, then you realized that we were at Six Flags New England. I'm not sorry for the amount of stories I posted. It started with a trip to Mrs. Murphy's Donuts in Southwick, MA, a must stop for "breakfast" if you're within a 30-mile radius. We surprised … Continue reading 7th Birthday Surprise at Six Flags New England
Location: Central Africa Population: 4.7+ million Area: 132,000 sq. mi. Fun Fact 1: The great apes (bonobos and eastern lowland) can only be found in Congo. Fun Fact 2: Half of the country lies north of the equator and half of it lies to the south.
Location: East Asia Population: 1.4+ billion people Area: 3,700,000+ sq. mi. Famous Person: Lee Jun-fan, AKA Bruce Lee, actor, director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, and philosopher Fun Fact 1: Half of all the pigs on Earth are living in China Fun Fact 2: Paper was invented in China over 1,900 years ago
Location: Southeast Asia Population: 53.5+ million people Area: 261,000+ sq. mi. Famous Person: Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese politician, diplomat, author, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fun Fact 1: America still refers to Myanmar as "Burma" Fun Fact 2: It's bad luck to get a haircut on a Monday, Friday, or your birthday
Every school day, I write Graham and Nolan lunch notes on standard 3" x 3" Post-its. The hope is that they make them smile, encourage them, or maybe even teach them a thing or two. Nolan's recent, steadfast enthusiasm for all things flag-related has altered the content on his notes: it's now a flag drawing … Continue reading Lunch Note Flag of the Day
I was young and unaware of just how important In Living Color was in turning mainstream television on its head. Author David Peisner's behind-the-scenes look at the history of the show chopped into short, easy-to-digest chapters make Homey Don't Play That!: The Story of In Living Color and the Black Comedy Revolution a must-read for anyone who appreciates sketch … Continue reading Book Review: Homey Don’t Play That!