Category Archive: Life

Remembering David Bowie

Good articles have been written about why it’s okay to grieve for someone you’ve never met, a favorite actor or singer, for example. It’s natural when music, or art of any kind, profoundly affects us, speaks to our souls, and it’s okay to grieve the artist who sparked those feelings. This week we’ve listened to David Bowie’s music online and on vinyl. Our son played “Moonage Daydream” at an open mic. Our youngest daughter posted a photo of herself from her graduation shoot.

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Everything You Ever Wondered About LA

If you’ve been in Los Angeles for more than a week or three, you start to notice things, and you may begin to wonder about them. Like why is there a Hollywood sign, and why did it used to say Hollywoodland, as seen in The Rocketeer? Why are LA’s so-called rivers just ugly concrete trenches? What’s with all the palm trees? And why is this place so spread out?

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Workforce Reduction

It’s a few minutes before 10:00 a.m. and I have finished my coffee, caught up on Facebook, and skimmed my personal emails. Now what? I was laid off four days ago while I sat at my desk wearing a t-shirt embroidered with the logo of my former employer. That was on Friday. Although I have …

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Explore the California Missions

Visiting a mission with your children provides an opportunity to step back in time and experience the history of California. Most of the missions display art and historical artifacts, and many have living history and other special events.

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The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be

I recently saw the new Disney film Tomorrowland (my review will be at GeekDad.com on Friday morning), and it got me to thinking about some of the themes that underlie the film. (Don’t worry, no spoilers here; I’m just talking about philosophy and the zeitgeist, not the movie.)

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Wendy’s Porch

Our friend Wendy has joined the blogging world, and we’re happy to welcome her. For her first post, she tells about her habit of entertaining on her front porch. Someday soon, we need to get over there and add #wendysporch to our list of cool things we do.

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That “I Don’t Belong Here” Feeling

The first time you go to a black-tie affair, especially if you’re there on a freebie, because of a barter or because you did volunteer work or because you’re somebody’s guest, you may feel awkward and out of place. You’re not used to dressing up; you may be embarrassed that your car isn’t as new or upscale as the other guests; you may worry that your clothes aren’t fancy designer labels or the height of fashion. That’s normal. Don’t let it stop you.

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