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Dad’s Guide to the Bank Bailout- what you need to know

You can’t turn on the news without being bombarded by gloom and doom stories about our economy, housing and the banking disaster.  Who can blame you for being completely and utterly depressed and frustrated about the whole thing?  If you’re like me, you’re mad as hell that some bad apples out there ruined your savings, jobs, security, etc.!  I’ve written about my feelings on how we got to this point. I feel compelled, however, to share with you my thoughts on the subject because we all need to focus on getting out of this mess.  Mis-information in the media only confuses the matter and slows recovery. So, I’d like to focus on the “bank bailout” everyone’s talking about.  I need you to understand what’s going on and how to recognize the truth from the river of news stories out there. The first thing you need to accept is that banks

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Last minute Christmas gifts for dad

I’m running out of time with my “gifts for dad” series so I’m combining them into this list of last minute Christmas gifts for dad.  Of couse, you could always go with the go-to “#1 Dad” tie… The following is a list of gifts I wouldn’t mind receiving pulled from around the Internet and in no particular order: Wolver’s Organic Ale Beer. If your hubby enjoys beer, this is a unique experience he’ll enjoy.   Add a homemade coupon to watch a game of his favorite sport with him and he’ll think he’s died and gone to heaven. L’Occitane Shave Kit.  If you want to go a little more metro/hip, get him this shaving set from L’Occitane.  My wife loves the scent and the shave is wonderful.  I take samples of these from the Four Season’s Hotel in Mexico City when I’m there on business.  A good alternative is the Lab Series Shave

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Life’s challenges, the spirit of a dad and a candle burning bright

Disclaimer: Some of you may find this post heartbreaking. I know I did. They say that life has it’s ups and downs and we should learn to expect it.  The reality, however, is that we never expect it and it hurts like hell when life seems to take a nosedive.  A friend and fellow dad is living through one of those times.  He doesn’t know that his strength of spirit that is seeing him through this is also teaching others about what it means to be a father, husband and, ultimately, a human being. My friend is a caring person. He’s a professional at work and an honest-to-God family man at home. He’s been a mentor and a friend to me for the four years I’ve known him.  And if you saw him in the street, you would not know that this was a man that gives so much.  You would, however,

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A lean Thanksgiving commitment

Like many others, I too am trying to lose some bulge. I’ve hit 40 this year and am determined to try and drop that spare tire I have around my midsection that is “oh so midlife!”  Here’s my plan to avoid the usual Thanksgiving indulgences. Work out in some way every day.  I will be in the mountains of North Carolina and it will be cold outside.  Frankly, too cold for a warm-blooded Floridian. Nevertheless, I will brave the elements like a man and at least go for a run. Drink water constantly and limit myself to one glass of wine per day.  The constant water will limit my appetite and the glass of red will benefit my heart. Not more, not less. I will focus on proteins and make every calorie count. I’ve added this the Calorie Tracker from LiveStrong.com app to my iPhone and will diligently count my

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Unemployment’s impact on dads

This year, over 1.2 million Americans have lost their job. Just last month, 240,000 people received notice that they were unemployed. Many of these people are dads just like me. This entry is about them. Getting laid-off is one of the most traumatic experiences any one can go through. I think, however, it is especially difficult for dads. You see, dads take very seriously their responsibility to provide for their family. We’ve been doing this for eons. It’s what we do. We are very used to strapping on our work clothes (whether it’s a suit, uniform or something in between) and we go chase that rat. We do it for our families. It is also a very different thing to choose to be a stay-at-home-dad. As a SAHD, you’ve chosen to provide for your family with your time and energy. In that case, you have a choice. When you’re laid-off,

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