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If last week’s posting schedule seemed a little light, it was because I spent the week on vacation. My family holed up in a friend’s lake house at Beaver Lake, Arkansas, for 6 days of boating, skiing, tubing, swimming, kayaking, and otherwise not doing very much in the lovely Ozark Mountains Blogging about being a…

Instructions for hot summer afternoons: 1. Get a round trampoline. The bigger the better. 2. Get a little inflatable kiddie pool. 3. Inflate the kiddie pool and place it in the middle of the trampoline. 4. Fill the pool with water. 5. Ignore all pertinent warnings on the trampoline, the pool, and any insurance documents.…

I am predisposed to be excited about the upcoming Muppet Movie, just because I loved those when I was a kid and I’m excited about what Jason Segel will do with the franchise. Along with Segel, Amy Adams and Rashida Jones are starring in the film.  Also, I thought this fake-out trailer was perfect. And…

In today’s conversation with Cleverbot, I wanted to see what it thought about vacations. Inexplicably, the conversation turned immediately to fatherhood, and I am totally not making this up. Cleverbot must know about this blog. ————— [ME]: Do you like to go on vacations? [Cleverbot]: Have you met my father, peter pan? Wait a second.…

A conversation, while riding bikes and scooters around the nearby high school, only a block from our house… ————– “Do kids ride their bikes to this school?” “Some probably do.” “I’m not going to.” “Why not?” “I’m going to ride my scooter.” “Well, most kids in high school don’t ride Hot Wheels scooters. You’ll be…

The goal of Meet a Dad: Profile a dad and let him share his fatherly wisdom with us. Some of these dads will be well-known in certain circles; others will be largely unknown outside of their immediate circles. Doesn’t matter, because I think just about every father has as much (or more) to share than…

I’m reading an excellent book right now called The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth. It’s the newest title from Alexandra Robbins, the best-selling author of Pledged and Overachievers. It’s a fascinating look at kids on the “cafeteria fringe” in high school — loners, gamers, band geeks, nerds — and how the characteristics that tend to…

At Broadway.com, recent Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale talks about his newish black comedy, The Motherf**ker With the Hat, and touche on the impact fatherhood has had on his career. At 41, Cannavale and ex-wife Jenny Lumet are the parents of Jake, who is 16: Switching gears, your son, Jake, just turned 16. What have you…

I’m proud of my kids for a lot of reasons, but one of the things I’m most proud of as a parent is this: My kids know more songs by Mumford & Sons than they do songs by Justin Bieber. This makes me enormously happy. Caveat #1: Nothing against the Biebs. That is one immensely…

I can’t imagine how this may or may not impact his role as leader of the free world, but I am strangely comforted by the fact that President Obama knows how to hold and comfort a crying baby. It’s like he’s done it before or something.

Jason Boyett
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Jason Boyett

Jason Boyett is a writer, speaker, and the author of several books, including O Me of Little Faith (Zondervan), and the Pocket Guide series (Jossey-Bass). His work has appeared in Salon, Paste, The Daily Beast, Relevant, and a variety of other publications. He has also appeared on the History Channel and National Geographic Channel. Jason lives in Texas with his wife and two kids. Follow him at twitter and jasonboyett.com.

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