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“The Great Outdoors”

Camping in the dark

MODERN DAD | By Jon Show Sept. 9. The first time I went camping I was 25 years old. It was during a rafting trip with friends and I bought a two-person tent and an inflatable sleeping bag and maybe slept a total of two hours because of the terrifying noises in the dark. I […]

Modern Dad 2022 lacrosse

My totally OCD approach to watching my kids play sports

Modern Dad | By Jon Show July 8. I was indoctrinated into Travel Sports Season five years ago when someone convinced me that I had to sign up my 8 year old son because it was the only way he was going to become the best lacrosse player in the history of the world or […]

Modern Dad 2022 fathers day web

A father is patient, kind and a work in progress. I know I am.

MODERN DAD | By Jon Show June 17. Our little corner of the neighborhood has seen an influx of babies in the last year or so, which got me to thinking, because it doesn’t take much to get me to thinking. The Mother of Dragons and I are old. We say things to the new […]

With apologies to Willy Wonka

Hey, candy man, what’s your Top 10?

MODERN DAD | By Jon Show April 8. My love affair with gas station candy began with the Whatchamacallit. When I was learning to swim I would get one after swim lessons because I was a very brave little boy who jumped into his mother’s arms from the edge of the pool. It was sometime […]

Modern Dad March Maytag Web

Nothing in the kitchen works. Let that sink in.

MODERN DAD | By Jon Show I—like most people my age—grew up in a home that had appliances. I don’t remember anything specific about them other than they had buttons and knobs and churned through daily performances like workhorses. They were the backbone of the house. Cleaners of dishes and underwear. Cookers of breakfasts and […]

Modern Dad 2022 snowday web

Snow daze

MODERN DAD | By Jon Show I love snow days like a five-year-old loves snow days. Once I find out snow is in the forecast I start checking the weather app every six hours for any changes. “Dad, the weather app says the chance of snow is up to 100% and it’s now three to […]

With apologies to Jackie Gleason and “The Honeymooners”

Attention sports fans: Be the bus driver

MODERN DAD | By Jon Show Nov. 5. Youth sports are a big part of our family. My kids love to play and we love to watch them. But as they get older and the demand on time, budgets and everything else has increased exponentially, I’ve started to ask myself: What do I want my […]

Dead Poets Modern Dad

Ode on a Cornelius Urn

MODERN DAD | By Jon Show It’s election season. That time of year when candidates scout out plots of land in high traffic areas and litter them with crooked lawn signs asking for our vote. Once elected they’ll discuss topics during public meetings like maintaining the beautification of our town. I’m a big supporter of […]

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The mere sight of a mobile device may diminish your cognitive resources

MODERN DAD | By Jon Show Sept. 10. I detest mobile devices in all forms. iPhones. iPads. iPods. Whatever you call devices that aren’t made by Apple. Samsungs? If you handed me a Samsung phone I would interact with it in the same manner as if it was handed to a caveman. The first cell […]

Swimmer Final Modern Dad

Reflections on a long, hot summer, with and without kids

MODERN DAD | By Jon Show The Mother of Dragons and I sat at the neighborhood pool on a Sunday last month for four hours with no children. I can’t tell you the last time that’s happened but I’m pretty sure it was the end of the second Bush administration. Where were our kids? I […]