7 Reasons to Throw Your Kid’s Party at Home

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


Book Review: The Job

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

Flag of the Day: Azerbaijan

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

Nolan’s Flags of the Day: The Bahamas, Madagascar (4/19/18)

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)

7th Birthday Surprise at Six Flags New England

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

Nolan’s Flag of the Day: Republic of the Congo (4/18/18)

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.

Flag of the Day: China (4/6/18)

  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  

Flag of the Day: Myanmar (4/5/18)

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  

Lunch Note Flag of the Day

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

Book Review: Homey Don’t Play That!

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!