Archive for May 2011

It's National Vegetarian Week: What's a lapsed vegetarian to do?

It’s National Vegetarian Week! I for one am celebrating because I am no longer a vegetarian, which means I no longer have to spend countless hours defending my vegetarianism. My husband and I were vegetarian for a period of about nine years that ended just over a decade ago. And just to dispel any stereotypes,... Read more »

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: Fun with Passive Aggressive Techniques

By Rick Kaempfer I remember what it felt like to be a teenager. Your parents have all the power, and it really feels like there’s nothing you can do about it. You dream about the day you can finally do whatever you want to do without the stifling control of those horrible people that only... Read more »

Simplify: More advice from the Do-Gooder Graffiti Artist

If you’re a graffiti artist like my Do-Gooder Graffiti artist, I imagine it would be easy to follow your own advice. Simplify. I mean, what responsibilities could you have if you’re a graffiti artist, right? But for fun, let’s just say you do have responsibilities Mr. Do-Gooder (or maybe Ms. Do-Gooder!)–a family, a job, maybe... Read more »

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: A Message for Parents of Creative Kids

by Rick Kaempfer I loved the speech Kim linked to about “horizontal loyalty” (written by Robert Krulwich). It’s about new ways of getting into the journalism business, but it really has a message that is broader than that, and to me, it’s aimed at a specific kind of a kid.  I know that kind of... Read more »

A Cubs/Old Style Brew-ha-ha

Because the high temperature today will be in the mid-forties with the wind gusting to thirty off the lake, it means it’s my turn to go to the Cubs game this afternoon. Natch. The only good thing about going to a game on a day like today is the beer stays cold. But acitymom foresees... Read more »

It's Friday the 13th. Good Luck!

Friday the 13th is considered unlucky by many superstitious people, of which I’m one. And by that I mean I’m superstitious, but, weirdly, not about Friday the 13th. The day just doesn’t bother me anymore. I think it’s because I wrote a novel about witchcraft a few years back (Wish Club, Three Rivers Press, June... Read more »

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: A Day in the Life of a Househusband

By Rick Kaempfer When my wife and I decided to switch roles a few years ago I knew I would have my hands full trying to make this work. I didn’t know the first thing about running a household or raising three boys, so I did some research. I found a great 1950s guide to... Read more »

The Mother's Day Road Not Taken

Happy Mother’s Day! What’s that you say? It was yesterday? Well, of course I know it was yesterday, but since you’re going to be such sticklers about it, Happy Belated Mother’s Day, then. (I work for an airline and you expect me to be on time?) A Carlton Card. Available at Target! Yesterday, acitymom decided... Read more »

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: Kids and Politics

By Rick Kaempfer The subject of Osama Bin Laden’s death is one of those subjects you can’t and shouldn’t avoid discussing with your kids. This is just my opinion, but I’m a strong believer in telling them the facts, and doing it without adding your own personal political spin. There are actual facts here. Do... Read more »