Author Archives: colin

Lessons from winter vacation

Today’s the day when children across the country will be writing school essays entitled, “How I spent my winter vacation.”  In that spirit – and inspired by 11 days recently spent in long lines at…

Auld Lang (Sigh)

Remember when New Year’s Eve was the Night of the Year? You spent months planning where you’d be at midnight, who you’d be with, what you’d wear and what you’d be drinking. You wouldn’t be…

Holiday help: Part 2

So where were we? Oh yes. The overcelebration of Christmas. Not to worry. Here are my final six ways to make the 12 days of Christmas bearable for accidental adults everywhere. 7. The Decorative Christmas…

Holiday help: Part 1

These days everyone rants about the overcommercialization of Christmas. Of course their complaints are justifiable, but I’m much more annoyed by the overcelebration of Christmas. Specifically, I mean the work party, the spouse’s work party,…

10 reasons to give thanks

‘Tis the season to show a little love for all the cool things in your life. Reluctant grownups like us may view the world tilted towards those who’ve assimilated, but that’s no reason not to…

Dog fight

My eight-year-old son surprised me last weekend, when he poured himself a bowl of Cookie Crisp cereal for breakfast. Ever since Finn and his six-year-old sister Maeve could speak, they’ve been asking for that treat…

This guy's disguise

As I kid, I loved dressing up as a pirate for Halloween, long before Johnny Depp made it cool. Today, I leave the disguises to the kids. Consider me among an apparent minority of people…

My work wife

To most people who know me, I think it’s fairly evident. I love my wife Kelly. A lot. She’s beautiful, funny, smart, talented and she has impeccable taste in life partners. Like all marriages, mistakes…

School Year's Resolution

School opened this week, and for many accidental adults like me, it was a bittersweet reminder of just how out of touch with children we’ve become. “I’ll get you up an hour before the bus…

Required reading

This summer kicked off with an unexpected but super cool honor for me. The wildly popular website www.sheknows.com listed The Accidental Adult on its “Guys’ Summer Book Guide” as one of six books for cool…