Your Son Will Need Open Heart Surgery

“Your son will need open heart surgery.” Those are words you can never forget. My wife, Megan, and I heard those words on January 6th, 2015. It seems like yesterday. I still remember every single detail of that doctors appointment. It all started a month earlier during a routine checkup for my son, Cooper. I…

Reno Dads Podcast Episode 5: Baby Names!

Baby Names: Don’t Screw this Up! In this episode, the Reno Dads sit down and talk baby names. Yeah, we’re manly enough to talk about how important it is to get this ONE thing right, on the first day of fatherhood! Stories about how each of the hosts (and their partners) arrived at their kids’…

Review: Kerak Shrine Circus

With all the options of family entertainment coming through Reno, I have forgotten the old fashioned fun of the Kerak Shrine Circus. Admittedly, it has been years since I have personally been to any kind of circus. The whole prospect of taking my young kids to a place full of clowns just seemed daunting in…

The Painful Truth About Fatherhood Part Deux: It Gets Better

Alright gents, in Part One of this epic tale I imparted some of the wisdom I wish had been bestowed upon me rather than the hellish school of hard knocks that was my first kid’s first year on this earth. But now I’ve got a modicum of light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel truth to impart: It gets better. Now,…

Reno Dads Podcast Episode 4: Kylee’s Wish with Kehl LeSourd

Kylee’s Wish: A Story of Hope and Resilience In this episode, the Reno Dads sit down with Kehl LeSourd, a dad who inspires us with his and his family’s story of resilience in the face of some very challenging circumstances.  Kehl is the father of Kylee LeSourd (who, at age 7, was diagnosed with brain cancer)….

How Do You Stay Positive When Your Wife and Kid Have Cancer?

Rick Worthington is a diehard sports fan. Baseball, football, basketball — it doesn’t matter. Whether it’s an Oakland A’s game or his kid’s basketball game, he’ll watch it. One of the most memorable speeches Rick ever heard was that of the late North Carolina State men’s basketball coach Jim Valvano. Valvano is best known for the line,…

Talking To Your Kids About School Shootings

School Shootings Talking to your kids about a school shooting. This shouldn’t be a concept, but the news of another school shooting is again taking America by storm. This time in Parkland, Florida. Next time somewhere else, hopefully not close to home. I cannot imagine the incredible pain the parents are going through losing a…

Letter to My Younger Self: 7 Lessons Learned From My First Child

My buddy just had his first child, a beautiful girl. I’m rarely one to give actual advice on parenting as it is hard enough not completely screwing up my own kids let alone thinking I can suggest how others can avoid doing so themselves. So, I’ll give advice to my younger self – a cocky…

Review: Impossible’s Magic Shop and Theater

Do you believe in magic? Not the Harry Potter type, but the Houdini type – slight of hand, illusions and physical feats. As somebody who celebrates the complete fatherly catalog of Modern Family’s Phil Dunphy (amateur magician/magic enthusiast), I thought it was cool to see my son take an interest in magic recently. And I…

Reno Dads Podcast Episode 3: Best Movie Dads

Best Movie Dads In this episode, the Reno Dads gathered in the podcast booth to discuss the best movie dads. More specifically, we set out to create our own personal Mt. Rushmore of Movie Dads – each nominating four movie dads. This is a topic that can be debated endlessly. In fact, you’ve likely even…

Review: Color Me Mine Reno

Parents rejoice! We have another great activity option in town – Color Me Mine in the Summit Reno (south Reno, next to Century Theaters). What is Color Me Mine? Well, let’s call it an art studio that specializes in ceramics (or what I came to find out are called bisques). As you walk in, you’ll…

The Modern Male Ethos: Improving the Merits of a Man’s Principles

In embarking upon the journey of discussing and hopefully improving the modern male ethos, I’ve offered my thoughts about “Improving the Merits of the Mind” and “Improving the Merits of the Heart”— two worthy endeavors for men and women alike. This article is to be my final installment in my three-part mini-series on male improvement….