They all laughed at me when I said I could finish my novel while parenting my two rowdy boys. Well, who’s laughing now?

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Ronald Wilson, stay-at-home dad and aspiring writer, beat the odds last Friday by somehow finding time to complete his epic sci-fi novel, Dunes of Mars, while caring for his two rowdy young boys. The novel is 100 words long.

“They said it couldn’t be done,” Wilson recalls, referring to various friends and family who told him he’d never be able to juggle childcare while pursuing a career in writing. “They all laughed at me when I said I’d finish my novel. Well, who’s laughing now?”

About a year ago, Wilson quit his job as a high school English teacher to…

Though tempting, putting your cat in the oven is a bad idea. Here’s why.

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1. Too much heat can be a bad thing

We all know that cats like to be warm. In fact, they prefer it over being cold. They’re always cozying up against warm objects, like heating vents and baked potatoes. But did you know that too much heat can be a bad thing? It’s true. It can cause a lot of problems for your cat, like dry skin or brittle hair. Not to mention too much heat can make your cat very grumpy. That’s why you should never, and I mean never, put your cat in…

It was canceled, right?

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In 2010, AMC premiered the first episode of The Walking Dead, a show about a motley crew of survivalists, navigating a post-apocalyptic landscape overrun by zombies. Against all odds, The Walking Dead proved a smash-hit for AMC, attracting tens of millions of viewers per episode in its heyday.

However, even the brightest flames have to burn out sometime, and when viewership declined, our favorite zombie drama was axed by studio execs who cared more about the bottom line than finding a way to save their once very popular show. Now that it’s been 5 years since the show’s cancellation, it’s…

On August 28, 1993, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers premiered and made instant fans of children across the globe. Based on the Japanese television series Super Sentai, the Power Rangers featured a colorful team of high-kicking, karate-chopping teenagers endowed with special powers and the ability to summon massive robots — or “zords” — to protect the world from evil. The show was a profound success and launched a mega-franchise of movies, toys, and television spin-offs that continue to capture the hearts of children to this day.

Given how super popular the original Power Rangers series was, it only seemed natural…

I mean, would it kill her to make some lobster linguini or steak tartare?

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Parenting a 5-year-old is hard work. Despite your best efforts, things don’t always turn out the way you expect. Take my daughter Penelope, for instance. Two months ago, my wife and I bought her this expensive children’s kitchen set, but for some reason she refuses to make delicious home-cooked meals for our family. What gives?

Don’t get me wrong. Penelope loves her new kitchen set and plays with it all the time. But, I expected a little more from her, and so I’ve been doing what I can to motivate her culinary ambitions. Whenever dinner time approaches, I check my…

Why didn’t the AAP warn us about this specifically?

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I know screen time is bad for kids. That’s why I’ve always made sure my 4-year-old daughter Candice never gets more than an hour of screen time per day. But last week I slipped up. I gave her an extra five minutes, and now she’s got these red glowing eyes and won’t stop talking about Satan.

I know it’s my fault. I should’ve been more careful. But at the same time, I can’t help thinking part of the blame goes to the American Academy of Pediatrics. They’re always telling us to limit our children’s screen time but never giving us…

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Human beings may be social animals, but if aliens visited our planet amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they might come to a different conclusion. Around the world, people have been practicing all kinds of safety measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus and “flatten the curve.” Unfortunately, this has required many decidedly asocial behaviors, like social distancing, isolation, and quarantines. While introverts may be enjoying their time in solitude, there’s no denying that the sharp drop in daily social interactions has taken its toll on our collective mental health.

There are some reasons to be grateful, however. We live…

David Sandwich

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