Parents and Kids

Parents and Kids
Alexa, a Parent’s Assistant
July 23, 2017
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My parents bought into the virtual assistant world.  Their assistant, Alexa, connects to music, games, or anything cerebral.  Alexa answers nearly any question, whether it’s the weather in Missouri or the capitol of Romania. I challenged Alexa to see how smart she is. “Alexa, what is the Etc.Guy blog?”
Holidays Parents and Kids
Kid’s Quitting is Father’s Dilemma
June 18, 2017
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(Central Valley Business Times, June 14, 2017) She lasted 90 hours over three seasons.  Maggie was not an outlier.  Not in soccer. In Outliers author Malcolm Gladwell explains the “10,000 Hour Rule” which claims that the key to success is a matter of practicing a specific task for around 10,000 hours.  Consider Bill Gates, Wayne […]
Parents and Kids The Humor Project
Paradise Author’s Night (and Casual Conversations)
March 26, 2017
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Hey folks…coming soon…join me and a few of my friends as we celebrate “An Evening with the Authors” at Paradise Library on Thursday evening April 13, 2017.  We’ll hold workshops, discuss our craft, and have casual conversations.  It’s a great opportunity for readers to meet with writers and vice versa.  Sponsored by the Paradise Friends […]
Parents and Kids World
Coldplay Tops Family’s Bucket List
October 1, 2016
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Kate introduced me to them.  Our SUV, loaded with ski gear, skidded over a snowy highway.  We caught glimpses of powder covered peaks between wind blasts.  I didn’t mind the weather—I enjoy winter driving so long as crazy people don’t hit me.  Kate inserted a CD and I daydreamed.  The music calmed me into a […]
Parents and Kids Politics
Voter is Stuck in the Middle With…Who?
July 12, 2016
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I love to go to Washington.  If only to be near my money. (Bob Hope) Our family debates are more introspective than lively, more on her end than mine.  Maybe I’m just cynical.  But discussing the upcoming Presidential election with my voting age college daughter isn’t boring.  She leans further left than me, with her […]
Parents and Kids Travel
Bucket List Trips With Parents Were Worth It
June 27, 2016
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Note: This article appeared in various newspapers and magazines.  We’re in the season of Mother’s and Father’s Days and I wanted to share it again.  This story is dedicated to parents. I don’t remember my parents pursuing fun.  They worked too hard.  Nor did they understand the concept of a bucket list.  The buckets we […]
Parents and Kids
Millennial Daughter to Vote Absentee
March 31, 2016
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Like religion, politics, and family planning, cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public.  It’s too controversial.” Erma Bombeck My oldest daughter, a college freshman, will vote absentee this year–her first election. She leans left of my views where I straddle right on money issues and left of center on social issues. […]
Parents and Kids Sports
Hockey Mom Earns Frequent Flyer Miles
February 24, 2016
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Hockey Player Magazine, Feb 2016 (Note: Names below were changed.) We boarded the jet two hours late, me and 350 others.  No explanation was given other than lousy weather in Europe.  My original seat selection was along the back row aisle near the lavatory.  I’m one who plans ahead— the ten hour flight from Oakland […]
Parents and Kids
Etc. Guy Interviewed by Michigan blogger…Dads of Divas
September 30, 2015
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Even old guys can learn Twitter. I made the baby-boomer cut by a year or two and don’t know what to think about social media.  Five years ago, when my kids began junior high school, I reluctantly set up a Facebook account to keep track of what they were doing.  I also wanted to know […]
Parents and Kids
Tour de Dad’s Classic Rock Transcends Multiple Life Stages
July 29, 2015
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The Tour de France is composed of 21 stages, all in succession.  For the Tour de Dad I bounce between multiple stages, at the same time, with no apparent order.  I’m in my early 50’s which means I fall in the old-guy territory when it comes to my teenage daughters, Kate and Maggie.  Classic rock, […]