Citizen Frederick Barber Shop

To me, nothing is better than local business.  They are always cooler, more personal, and just all around better than chains of any sort.

I go out of my way to try and use local shops as much as possible.  My barber is just that.

Citizen Frederick Barber Shop may be the greatest barber shop ever.  Free beer and coffee; and, some cool chill music playing.  All set up in an old dance studio overlooking downtown Frederick.  The tables and chairs are older than old - but that's what makes them cooler than cool.

Took the boy there for the first time today with me; he approved.

Digital Full Circle

Almost ten years, and 1,900 blog post later, the digital world has come almost full circle - I saw almost because it hasn't closed.

Through the wonders of pod-casting, social media, and good ol' fashion books, I ran into the Good Dad Project.  It's a community of fathers that share their experiences (good and bad) and have conversations about fatherhood and the life that comes with it.

Larry, the founder of The Good Dad Project, reached out to his followers on Facebook asking for submissions for a guest blogger - so naturally I jumped on that.  After a edits and revisions, the blog post went live and I have become a guest blogger for The Good Dad Project.

Who knows where the lead will go from here, but I do know that it has relit the fire inside me to write and expand my personal brand and Crayons & Keyboards...let's see where we can go with this.

Halloween 2015

Not one of our better costumes...the wife and I will need to step it up next year.

Serious Carvers Only

Shit is real when you have multiple knives, spoons, and...a power drill.

No messing around in this house.

Fall In The Air


Marine Corps Marathon

The "Wall" is not a fun experience to go through.  It's the point in a race/run where you are drained.  Energy gone; both physically and mentally.  Every runner has hit; it's no if, but when.

That moment in a run can break you; but, when you remember why you are running, the second wind comes in with force.

This race was for the Marines; active, retired, fallen - it was for all Marines.  This race was also for my kids.  Part of why I run marathons, is to show my kids that anything is possible.  Not just by me, but all the people out pounding the pavement and pushing themselves.

I want them to look back one day and remember these days and to feel as though they can take on any challenge and climb over that wall.

Character Counts

Hey kids, if you want to make your parents REALLY proud, be a leader and show good character.

Jaxson did just that today.  He was selected by his teacher and classmates to receive the "Student of the Month" award for his "excellent character.

He was honored in front of the the entire third grade.  Part of his reward was sitting at the "special" table with Robyn and I...along with a Happy Meal - that will make any kid happy.

Sticky Art

This girl and her "decorating" and organizing...

A little gift from Boo (appropriate enough since it was Halloween goodies), and she is off and decorating...