Dad in the Box

  • Putting the Debate to Bed

    October 5, 2016

    Like 80 million other Americans I watched the presidential debate the other night.  According to the news media, which supposedly fact checks bold assertions like this, the viewership numbers ...

  • Computers: A Love Story

    There can be no better feeling than hurling an uncooperative piece of electronics out a window.  It must satisfy our most basic human desire for revenge.  

     

    Oh yeah?  If ...

  • Going for Brass

    I get all teary-eyed watching the Olympics on TV.  You  know, the human drama, the sacrifice, the dedication, the thrill of competition, the athletic lip sync murmur to the national anthem ...

  • Cruise Control

    I just returned from a birthday party over the weekend.  It was totally out of control.

     

    At least according to my dad.  

     

    It was his birthday.  He turned the ...

  • Pokémon Politics Go!

    As a rule I stay away from popular fads.  Politics included.

     

    I find my views on the latest crazy trends that are sweeping the nation are usually wrong and completely out of touch ...

  • For Your Eyes Only

    Given all the controversy surrounding private email servers circulating the political landscape lately, I have been thinking a lot about email confidentiality.

    I would share my thoughts with you, ...

  • A Bad Hair Day

    I used to think there was nothing more pathetic than a wet cat.

    I was wrong.

    A shaved cat is far more distressing.

    I have seen wet dogs and short-haired dogs and coiffed dogs before.

  • Prelude To A Kiss

    A man kissed me while I was at a bar refilling my wife’s champagne glass.

    It is, after all, wedding season.

    But wait.  Let me back up.  

    Starting with the Trump rally in San ...

  • A Winning Note

    Winning isn't everything, but it beats anything in second place. - William C. Bryant

    At 0:00 seconds, when the whistle finally blew, bedlam on an ordinary school lacrosse field in New Jersey ...

  • Driving Aloud

    My sixteen-year-old twins are worried that I am going to yell at them in the car.

    Given that they are both new drivers with learner's permits, this a probably a reasonable assumption.

    But I ...

  • How Ya Doin?

    On a day-to-day basis it makes me feel very secure to know that my teenage kids are emotionally healthy and coping comfortably well with school and life and social interactions at such an ...

  • Follicle Follies

    I came back from vacation to some life changing news.

    It seems that while I was away dedicated scientists working overtime on a very important genetic study revealed the “root” cause ...

  • Hitting The Sauce

    Let me just start off by saying that I do not like to cook.

    I suppose I could add a snarky rejoinder such as If you could taste my cooking you would understand why.  But the fact is, despite ...

  • Alone Together

    What if they threw a party and no one came?

    Outside of the obvious feeling of isolation, there is something kind of appealing at the thought of being the only one present at what should otherwise ...

  • Easy Come, Easy Go

    It may come as a bit of a shock, but I did not win the Powerball lottery last week.  Nor did anyone in my family. 

    Nor did you. 

    Just like that our dreams vanished and we were ...

  • The Year In Review

    It’s 2016!

    I realize that this is not much of a revelation.  But it seems like only days ago that I woke up with a hangover and it was 2015.

    In truth, it was more like a week ago and ...

  • The True Test of Giving

    Last week my friend Dana gave a kidney to someone in need.

    They actually refer to the selfless act of sacrificing an organ for the sake of others as a donation.  He correctly donated a ...

  • My Little Runaway

    I always enjoyed watching my daughter play youth soccer when she was little.

    Since I knew little about the game, my appreciation for her play was something that was initially hard to define.

  • Nobody On

    I don’t really care for the teams playing in the World Series this year.

    Opening pitch

    It may have something to do with being a Cubs fan.  

    1st Inning

    Whenever I watch ...

  • Breaking Murphy Bad

    Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. —  Murphy’s Law

    I don’t know who Murphy was, but he sure is blamed for a lot of bad stuff.  

    But sometimes Murphy’s ...

  • Trumping The Pope

    What if . . .

    President Trump: Welcome Your . . . say, how should I address you? Honestly, Your Holiness sounds more like Hillary Clinton’s email server. How about Your Popeliness

    Pope ...

  • A Good Summer Read

    What ever happened to trust?

    When I was in high school teachers trusted tthat we all completed our reading assignments over the summer.  The first day of school we were asked if we read ...

  • All The Right Notes

    I hate my kids.

    Oh, I don’t mean that literally.  I mean I hate them in the sense that I am jealous.  Because at some point during my vain attempts to pass on my own limited skill ...

  • A Clean Start

    I have been in neglect to discuss a very important and meaningful subject that touches all of our lives on a daily basis.

    I am, of course, referring to heavy appliances.

    You know.

  • A Clean Start

    I have been in neglect to discuss a very important and meaningful subject that touches all of our lives on a daily basis.

    I am, of course, referring to heavy appliances.

    You know.

  • Planet Lite

    Honestly, I don’t know why they bother to call Pluto the Dwarf Planet.  Either it is a planet or it isn’t. Calling it a Mini Planet or a Planette or a Junior Birdman Planet is ...

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Turtle Back Zoo-vies to Show "The Secret Life of Pets" Wednesday, July 26

July 25, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Turtle Back Zoo's annual "Zoo-vies" continue this Wednesday, July 26, with "The Secret Life of Pets."

On Wednesdays and Thursdays during the months of July and August, Turtle Back will have Family Nights with extended evening hours until 8:30 p.m., with the last admission to the Zoo at 8 p.m. 

On Wednesday evenings during ...

Fire and Blood Make Appearance on Game of Thrones

The first blood was drawn in the war for the Seven Kingdoms on HBO's "Game of Thrones" on Sunday, but not at the hands of Daenerys Targaryen.

Goodbye Flayed Man, hello Kraken. Between the Joker-esque cackle and the Ramsay-esque war tactics, Euron Greyjoy showed us that he truly is as ruthless as he promised. His warship is a monster compared to Yara’s, he collected ...

Rutgers University Named Best Four-Year College in New Jersey

July 24, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University-New Brunswick has been ranked the No. 1 college in New Jersey by a national online education service.

The rankings released Monday by schools.com are based on an analysis of 13 different criteria.

Thirty-three four-year schools in New Jersey were each scored on a 100-point scale using the most recent data available from government sources and ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, August 6, 3:00 PM

Livingston High School, Livingston

Free Concert "Italian Vacation" Essex County ...

Arts & Entertainment

Tue, August 22, 7:00 PM

Crane’s Mill Continuing Care Retirement Community (Towne Square Conference Room), West Caldwell

Alzheimer’s New Jersey West Caldwell Support ...

Health & Wellness

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Sat, August 26, 7:00 PM

Montclair State University, Montclair

An Evening with Smokey Robinson - Presented by ...

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

Bipartisan or Bystander?

July 18, 2017

Bipartisan or Bystander?

Bipartisanship means active, often contentious, yet respectful  cooperation, (and ultimate compromise), between two political parties for the ultimate betterment of their constituents. It is creating productive discussion to achieve a synthesis of ideas. Thus, the welfare of the people always comes before party loyalty. 

It's also about speaking up.

Don't Miss Bar Night for Brendan Tevlin at Thatcher McGhee's Fairfield

July 26, 2017

FAIRFIELD, NJ — The fourth annual Brendan Tevlin Lacrosse Festival will receive 20 percent of the sales from the “Bar Night for Brendan” at Thatcher McGhee’s Irish Pub and Eatery in Fairfield on Wednesday, beginning at 7 p.m.

Share the attached flyer with friends, family and neighbors and show it to your server to help the Brendan Tevlin Lacrosse Festival raise ...

Do You Work From Home?

Do you work from home? If you do, you have lots of company. The IRS indicates that 3.4 million taxpayers claim the home office deduction. You too may be eligible to take a tax deduction for a portion of your housing expenses!

Remember the simple definition for a home office – it is a part of the home that is used exclusively on a regular basis for business. This could be a dedicated room ...

Gone, But Not Forgotten

Recently my dad showed me a plaque he had been awarded from his alma mater.  He graduated from a well-respected University in the Midwest after WWII.  It was where he met my mom.  

 

He is 90 now.

 

The honorific award was for his participation in the University’s “Hall of Fame” football team of 1948, on which, as I had been informed many ...