A conversation last Thursday:


“Are you happy school’s about to be out?”


“Really? You’re not ready for summer?”

“Well, I’m kind of excited but I’m kind of not excited, too.”


“Because I’m going to miss Mrs. B.”

“Me, too. She’s a good teacher.”

“She’s the best teacher ever. I wish she could be my teacher next year.”


No argument from me. When your son is not ready for summer vacation because he loves his teacher so much, you have succeeded — wildly — as a teacher. Mrs. B is the best teacher ever, and I’m so thankful both of my kids had her for 2nd grade. She’s the kind of teacher we’ll send a graduation announcement to, along with a heartfelt thank-you note, when each kid is a high school senior. Because even after 13 years of public school, she’ll probably still have been the best.

Thanks, Mrs. B.


Who was your favorite teacher from childhood? What made him or her great?


This is what I make with LEGOs. Spaceships are my specialty.

This is what Apple software engineer Andrew Carol makes with LEGOs:

It’s a Babbage Difference Engine, a working model of a mid-19th century machine designed to “evaluate polynomials of the form Ax^2 + Bx + C for x=0, 1, 2, …n with 3 digit results.” I wish I understood what that meant, because whatever it is, this LEGO model actually does it. It’s a mechanical calculator. You crank it and make actual mathematical calculations.

Here’s a video of the engine in action.

You know what happens if you crank my LEGO spaceships? They fall apart. But you can make “pio! pio!” noises to simulate the sweet laser gun action.


This is my 701st blog post. That seems like a lot, but those posts have been spread out over three different blogs.

The first one I started back in 2007 when it became clear that, as a guy who wrote books and wanted people to buy my books, it was important for me to maintain some kind of web presence other than a static page. So I put together and jumped right in. You can follow that link if you want, but I haven’t updated anything there since May of 2010, when I brought my blog to Beliefnet upon the release of my latest book, O Me of Little Faith. I started a blog with the same name. It was about faith and doubt and questions about religion. I found out a couple weeks ago that my blog was somehow ranked among the Top 50 Christian blogs in the world (after Jesus Needs New PR but ahead of XXXChurch!) using some sort of dubious algorithm, no doubt.

I’m celebrating that head-scratching fact by shutting OMOLF down. Today is my last post there, because I’m trying something new.


I’ve lost my passion for religious blogging, but I’m still very passionate about being a good dad. So why not try something new? I talked to the good folks here at Beliefnet, came up with a hopefully memorable and entirely made-up name that (glorious day) still was available as a .com, and here we are.

What can you expect from Dadequate? I don’t know. We’ll figure it out as we go. Probably lots of links to stuff I think is cool. Maybe some background into some of the creative stuff I try to do with my kids. Less religious stuff. More practical stuff. Interviews with myself, because I like to do that. And interviews with other dads…some well-known and some less well-known.

Anyway, I’m glad I got this introductory post out of the way, because these are like the NO-FLIPS-ALLOWED warnings on trampolines. They’re required by law, apparently, but dumb and generally ignored by everyone.

I hope you’ll bookmark the site, subscribe to the feed, comment when you feel like it and tell your friends about Dadequate.


In the meantime, feel free to introduce yourself by answering these three questions:

1. Are you a dad and/or a parent?

2. Where do you live?

3. How often do you ignore the warning labels on trampolines?