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Sure, today everyone’s talking about the death of Gaddafi/Qaddafi/Ghadafi or the end of the world (according to Harold Camping). But me? I want to point you toward this video of a 2,000 foot-long Hot Wheels track that goes on forever. […]

Alisa Harris’ debut book, Raised Right: How I Untangled My Faith from Politics was one of the most compelling I’ve read this year. She’s a young journalist living in New York City but grew up in Middle America. Her parents […]

How did you make it through high school? That’s the question the folks behind Rookie, a website for teenage girls, asked a bunch of celebrities. Not the flashy, pretty, Hollywood A-List celebrities, but the cool quirky ones who just seem […]

Last week, after almost two years of weeknight sessions, I finished reading the Harry Potter series aloud to my kids. Occasionally my wife filled in, but mostly it was me doing the reading…and the voices…and the silent editing out of […]

This is a shelf in my son’s room. It’s one of two: To say he’s into LEGO Minifigures is like saying Harold Camping is into the Rapture. Which is why we’re both excited to learn from GeekDad about a new […]

This is stunning. Photographer James Mollison has a photo-essay book called Where Children Sleep, built around a powerful but very, very simple concept. It introduces us to children around the world by showing us the diversity of their bedrooms — […]

In light of Monday’s post — which still fills me with warm fuzzies — I thought I’d share with you two of the drawing games we Boyetts have spent a lot of time playing. It’s great for kids to just […]

A couple weeks ago, we discussed the importance of letting your kids be weird, based on a passage in Alexandra Robbins’ new book, The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth. In the book, Robbins conjectures that teenage outcasts often are poised […]

I originally posted this at a few months ago, but thought it would be worth posting here, too. If you already read it there, forgive me the re-post. ———— Within the last year, both of my kids have bought […]

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 […]