My Harry Potter Addiction – Diagon Alley 2014 Part 1

Kayaks, Canoes, and Shoes


This last week has been nothing short of magical.   I’ve been anticipating the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley expansion at Universal Studios for well over a year.  I remember watching jealously as the opening ceremonies took place in 2010 with the opening of the first Wizarding World: Hogsmeade.   When I learned that there would be an expansion I vowed that I wouldn’t miss it.   I had no idea that I was in for the adventure of a life time.

Since falling in love with the books many many years ago,  I’ve already done some pretty outrageous things, all in the name of fandom.   I own all of the printed books, I have the e-books, and I’ve been to numerous midnight book release events as well as midnight movie releases.   In 2007 I even traveled to Toronto, Canada with my best friend to…

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Paid Paternity Leave Saved My Family


“So, how was your vacation?”

I can’t tell you how many people asked me that question when I returned from paternity leave following the births of my sons. Despite the sleepless nights, constant uncertainty, feedings every 90 minutes, and the avalanche of meconium-filled diapers, that’s how my paternity leave was seen by many. A vacation. Some time off to relax and recharge. Because what earthly purpose can men serve in the aftermath of childbirth? And what could businesses possibly have to gain by investing in paternity leave?

The answer, in both cases, is “more than you know.” Dads both want and need to be home in those early days, but it’s not so easy—an issue addressed yesterday at the White House Summit on Working Dads.

When my older son was born in 2008, my employer was one of the 85% of American companies that offers no paid paternity leave…

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