Park City Summer – Part One


They say you come for the winter and stay for the summer. This is our first summer in Park City and we’re totally lovin’ it. I won’t say I prefer it to winter and skiing, but I’m LOVIN’ IT! So much to see and do. Check out my short video and see why for yourself!

What Did You Do This Summer at #DadChat

 The Beach Boys album cover for Summer Days

Remember when you’d return to school, after summer, and the teacher would ask, “What did you do this summer” and you had to get up in front of the class and answer? That is what we’re doing at #DadChat this Thursday, August 15 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. PT/9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET and I’M going to be the teacher — asking you what YOU did this past summer (and what your family did)!

I might have a couple small prizes this week, too – so be there to find out and perhaps win one!

Men vs. Women: Summer Vacations

Summer vacation at the beach

Well, my son’s last day of his sophomore year in high school just took place while my freshman in college returned home a couple of weeks ago. It’s summer. And, many of us are planning summer vacations and other warm-weather pursuits. You might wonder how or why this is fodder for this column series on the differences between men and women? Simply, I believe almost everything has the potential to explore and contrast how men and women look at, do, behave, and otherwise proceed with life. Summer and summer vacations are no exception.

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There Ain’t No Cure for the Summertime Blues!

Do you remember that great Eddie Cochran song, “Summertime Blues” from the fifties? Originally a single B-side, it peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 29, 1958. Cochran died at the tender age of 21 in a taxi accident in England. The song is ranked #73 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. But, enough of the music history lesson as it’s another summer and another 10 weeks wondering what the boys will be doing, as well as the family as a whole.

Each summer poses unique challenges for parents and kids. This summer is no different for my family as we’re moving sometime just before school starts in the fall.  Everyone knows about the joys of moving and we’re happy with the new house that we think we have. The deal is yet to close, as of this writing, but it’s looking good.  The prospect of moving again, just two years after our last move, isn’t a likely highlight of this summer.  We have some minor work to do on the new house, though my experience is it’s never “minor.”

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Summer Vacations Are for Parents, Too

Remembering Chevy Chase in those summer vacations movies reminds me of the fact that most so-called “family vacations” are, at best, vacations for the kids and torture for the parents. I’m generalizing, of course, but most generalizations as well as clichés, have a strong basis in truth. I stand by the proposition that we parents usually need a vacation after our family one, if only to recover and rest.

This summer my younger son, David, got to spend several weeks at the sleep- away camp he loves, while my older son, Will, is indulging his passion for rock ‘n’ roll at a Rock School where he’s taking drum lessons, and participating in numerous bands and concerts through the school.  He’ll also be living, figuratively, in our garage with his own band, driving the nearby horses crazy, or am I mistaking their thrashing about as dancing? read more