About a month ago, I published a column that looked at the pilot episode of "Friends," a hugely popular show about a group of friends living in New York City. Today, we're looking at the pilot for "How I Met Your Mother" (hereinafter "HIMYM" to save my fingers from typing strain), a hugely popular show… Continue reading Pilot Episodes: How I Met Your Mother (And Why The Show Was Better than Friends)
When I relaunched this blog a few months ago, I had a few intentions: 1) publish a new article each week, 2) cover topics that interest me (and hopefully others), and 3) have fun. I have not always been able to meet the first goal, but I have been pretty consistent with the second and… Continue reading Spinning and Mindfulness
This Father's Day weekend, we're taking a look at a movie classic where a father/son relationship is a key component. There are plenty of great movies from which to choose, movies such as "Kramer vs. Kramer," "Nothing in Common," "Field of Dreams," or "The Road" (if you really, really want to feel bummed out). Today,… Continue reading Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989): Father’s Day with the Jones Boys
In my last Nerdy Dad article, I confessed to being a life-long geek for sci-fi, fantasy and superhero stories. There are a number of reasons that I love these types of stories. Obviously, I enjoy that each genre story presents a reality that is not our own, by small or large degrees. Whether it's a… Continue reading Silliness, Meaning, and “The Nearness of You.”
I awoke this morning feeling a little down and tired. My son Ben had woken me up several times in the night and, by 5 a.m., had made his way into the bed my wife and I share. At 6:45, I roused my eldest daughter Maggie up from bed and shuffled downstairs to make her… Continue reading Weezer (and Toto) Save My Morning
One of the benefits of streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu is that you can easily check out early episodes of television shows to recall what the shows were like at their beginnings. The first episode is often a "pilot" created as prototypes for the television series being pitched to networks. Most of… Continue reading Pilot Episodes: “Friends”
While I was working on the first draft of my novel, "Everything Can Change," I discovered that music dramatically improved my writing process. The book is about Jack Ritter, a young man who is diagnosed with testicular cancer while working a high-demanding job as an associate attorney at a large NYC law firm. Due to… Continue reading Music Playlists: Soundtrack to Everything Can Change
In 2015, I self-published my first novel: "Everything Can Change." The novel, available now on Amazon, was a very personal endeavor as it was largely based upon my life. In 1995, two weeks into my first semester of law school, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. With surgery and chemotherapy, I was able to survive,… Continue reading Everything Can Change Excerpt
When you think of movies about mothers and daughters, a number of classics likely spring to mind: "Terms of Endearment," "Steel Magnolias," "Postcards from the Edge," and perhaps others. Yet, when I thought about mother-son movies, only two came to mind. The first film was "Mother," the funny 1996 film that starred Albert Brooks (who… Continue reading “Mother” (1996) – The Perfect Movie for Mother’s Day.
Hi, I'm Brian. I am 46 years old and I'm a Nerdy Dad. This is not a guilty confession, but rather an enthusiastic declaration. My geek status has been obvious for some time now. At my old law firm, I filled my office with Star Wars and Superman posters and superhero statues. At home, I… Continue reading I Am A Geek (And You May Be One Too).