Category Archives: Projects

Why parents become weekend warriors during the summer

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While swimming and BBQing this past Sunday with friends, we had a conversation about the small handful of days left in the Maine summer. Before I knew it my last few precious weekends were filled up with logistics, long drives and family activities.   I tend to be a curmudgeon when it comes to planning […]

One person’s trash is another person’s Christmas gift

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“You want me to do what?” I looked at my wife puzzled. Then I gave her the eye roll that she hates, followed by a long, drawn out sigh. “Fine,” I said. “Let’s go pick it up”. “It” was a broken-down entertainment stand on a side road in Eddington. “It” took 45 minutes to go […]

14 predictions from a father for 2014

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It’s that wonderful time of year when critics, bloggers and know it alls everywhere gather their thoughts and make predictions about their specific fields, whether that be politics, sports or whatever else. So I thought I would jump in on the action and give you my 14 “dad predictions” for 2014. 1. My son will […]

5 ways to lose that “daddy weight”

The Friday morning running group. Notice my son is too cool to look at the camera. Photo courtesy of Ben Sprague

I am by no means a fitness buff, personal trainer or someone qualified to model Abercrombie cloths. What I am is 30, father of a 1-year old, and someone who ate a lot of pasta as a child. I try to keep myself in good shape, but it isn’t easy. Before my son was born I […]

The hope is that my son will live in a better world. A tale about marketing.

Arianna Huffington giving a riveting speech about quality of life and working for the benefit of the greater cause.

Beyond being a father and writing this blog, I have a professional interest in marketing. It is within the marketing umbrella I have built my career. I have witnessed the social media revolution, destruction of time-tested sales models, the rise of crowdsourcing, the biggest giant’s failures  (cough cough Microsoft), and the smallest people “go viral”. […]

Spring cleanup, who has time for that?

The boy enjoying his slide in the backyard on an early spring day

I bought my home in Bangor a few years ago, in the late fall. In that first spring before all the snow was even gone I was out raking the esplanade. I felt pride in the fact that my front yard was the first on the street to be raked. By mid April I had the entire yard […]

What advice do you have for a dad-to-be?

Recently, I found out that a good friend was going to be a father. When I heard the news, I smiled. I thought about how wonderful my son is and what a big part of my life he has become, and I was genuinely happy for my friend.  I rushed out to congratulate him in person. While […]

How redirection works for father and son

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No matter how many fun toys, interesting books or cute stuffed animals my son has, there seems to be one “toy” that he loves more than any other. It isn’t his Little People Amusement Park or his Batman Race Car. It’s not his cement mixer or foam building blocks. His favorite toy doesn’t even belong to him. […]