I am a new parent, discovering Detroit and developing memories with my children. Today we discovered a gem in the rail district in Birmingham – The Robot Garage. At first thought, The Robot Garage is a Lego hangout, but it is so much more. Education is the cornerstone of The Robot Garage’s mission. They focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). STEM is the latest buzz-word in education and is being taught through hands-on, engaging experiences to the students and patrons visiting The Robot Garage daily. With nearly half of all U.S. economic growth currently being attributed to technological innovation, the programs offered here are becoming immensely valuable. Oh yeah…and its really, really FUN!
A few weeks ago upon a midnight dreary, I was liquifying brain food for the baby, when suddenly I heard a rapping. There was someone tapping upon my chamber door. A raven delivered an invitation to load up the family and visit Ghostly Manor Thrill Center in Sandusky, OH. We accepted the invite from the generous staff of Ghostly Manor and planned a fantastic vacation to our neighbor state. I imagine “the living” would complete the road trip to Sandusky from Detroit in under 3 hours….but “walkers” will nevermore have that luxury.
I am super stoked Asher has taken to automotive drivers the way he has. These athlete’s give everything to ensure fans are entertained at every race. Dennis Anderson, perhaps the most well-known and popular driver in the sport of Monster Trucks, drives the World famous Grave Digger, a 1950 Chevy Panel Van with a signature graveyard paint scheme. Anderson and Grave Digger have made a career of forwarding the sport of Monster Trucks and providing safe and exciting fun for families. He’s been doing this for over 30 years. He is a family man and even competes against his sons, Ryan (Son-uva Digger) and Adam (Grave Digger the Legend). Asher met with Dennis Anderson for an autograph and photo during his stop here in Detroit. The experience was very fulfilling and will be carried with Asher for years. It is Dennis’s dedication and the example he sets on and off the track that make him a great role model.
In between folding laundry, changing diapers and teaching letter sounds, stay-at-home parenting affords fleeting moments of reflection. Every once in a while I ponder about life after staying home. I was one of those 6-year college students that never committed to a major and quit because of work and finances….life eventually caught up to me. Probably worst of all, I lacked ambition. Today is different. I have a beautiful, successful wife and two super-active boys. I am fortunate. But will this lifestyle be sustainable, or even necessary when the kids run off to school?
I am quickly realizing that eating healthy doesn’t have to taste bad. My dieting strategy includes the Paleolithic (or Caveman) approach to nutrition. In a nutshell, it means eating foods that agree with human genetics, nothing refined or full of trans fats and sugars. Foods like grass-fed meats, seafood, fruits and vegetables, nuts and healthy fats are all great Paleo choices.