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More Than Four Questions

Let me speak and I will feel relieved; I shall open my lips and speak up!

– Job 32:20

I chose to become Jewish.

Benjamin2There were a lot of reasons for it, but to summarize it, I searched for many years to find a system of worship that matched my beliefs about G-d and how He wanted me to worship.

What I never really counted on, although the truth is that I had always hoped for, was having a child of my own to which I could pass on my beliefs. By the time I was 46, I was pretty much resigned to the idea of not having my own child, and then on Thanksgiving Eve 2009 I learned that I was going to be a father. Read the rest of this entry

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Rainy Day Fun

As you probably know, California has been suffering through an extreme drought, so moments like today have been few far between. The latest Pineapple Express hit this weekend, and on Sunday I headed out on the porch to enjoy the rain. A few minutes later Ben came outside with me, and then wanted his water socks so that he could run in the rain. It didn’t take long before he discovered the river of water in the street. For the next 45 minutes he “rode the log flume ride” at his favorite imaginary Amusement Park. It was a great day!

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Unemployment Begins

So it’s been a week since I quit my job as a Talk Radio Show Host. There were reasons why I quit that would be pretty obvious to anybody who has ever worked at a creative enterprise managed by disconnected and micro-management folks. Needless to say, it’s been an odd week, with moments of great stress and moments that feel like I dumped an 800lbs gorilla off my back. Its weird, since technically today is my first day unemployed. I have never been unemployed before, and frankly, it’s a weird feeling.

10628240_10205769696631766_511544609929551225_nI had originally decided that I was going to spend “a few weeks” – however that is defined – going Mr. Mom, which would be great. Ben and I have spent the time doing things like going to Kanga Zoom, getting haircuts, and even going to Wendy’s to get chocolate Frosty’s.

I have a couple of writing projects and a home office/studio to get set up so that some projects, like CONSTITUTION THURSDAY can continue. I have been asked by some to do a regular podcast, and I have a plan for a few months from now to go into business for myself. But for now, I am going to actually relax a bit. Read the rest of this entry

Losing Control

My prized annual pass

My prized annual pass

2014 was a year of learning to let go of things I cannot control any longer. So it was fitting that on the second to the last day of the year, we made our way to my favorite place, Yosemite National Park. I even bought an annual pass, since I figured that if I go just two more times in the next year it will pay for itself.

This place is just indescribably beautiful and interesting and fun. I lived here for nearly 15 years before I ever went, and now I wonder what was wrong with me? The very first time, in May of last year, we went over Tioga Pass on the way to Reno, after getting lost and ending up on the Valley Floor for an hour or so too. We went back two weeks later for a family picnic at the Cathedral Picnic grounds, where Ben threw rocks in the river and the ducks quacked for him. It was fantastic, and I have been waiting for an reason to go back. Read the rest of this entry

Video Killed the Radio Star

Like most boys, my son has a healthy and constantly shifting set of interests that includes, believe it or not, old MTV music videos. Luckily, we live in the 21st Century, the Age of YouTube. Since MTV no longer actually plays any videos, we can still find them on the interwebs, and there is nothing to compare to hearing my three year old son singing songsĀ  used to sing along with back when MTV actually did play music. Like me back then, he will sit here for an hour singing and watching. It’s amazing.

And like everybody else who listens to pop music, he gets one song in his head and watches it over and again, learning more and more words each time through. Eventually he is sing-shouting at the top of his lungs that Video Killed that Radio Star.

Buggles-MTV-007Which is oddly appropriate given that the famous Buggles hit and first video ever aired on MTV is all about how technology will eventually take over the world and instead of using our imaginations we will sit at the kitchen table and watch moving pictures of the story the artist wants to tell. We can’t rewind, we’ve gone too far. Read the rest of this entry

So High, So Far, So Fast…

DSCN2718Ben is growing up so fast. It was what, a year ago that I was complaining about how unsafe playgrounds really are. Now he approaches new climbing stuff cautiously, looks it over and then tries it out. Within minutes he is climbing as if it were second nature.

I love how confident he is becoming. Like most three year old’s he is very demanding about “doing it myself, daddy.” It seems like just yesterday that he couldn’t walk and was tipping over full mugs of hot tea into my lap. Now he is running Cami’s laptop like a pro, watching and learning online.

I’m really proud, but I also miss that really little boy that always wanted me to hold him…

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Water Fun

Just having some fun with Ben, a hose and the brown spots on the lawn! Later we did Costco and a trip to the local “Train Water Park” (as Ben calls it), which is a really cool (get it?) feature here in Manteca right next to the Union Pacific Train line.

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