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The TueDo List: Cool, Easy (Even Cheap!) Stuff to Do with Dad

(FIFA 2014 World Cup Opening Ceremonies/Photo Courtesy FIFA) It’s Father’s Day weekend, so dads are what it’s all about. Here’s what to do for him, with him — or both — this weekend. Movie Dad Sometimes simple is the sweetest, and and it’s possible that your dad may just be up for a movie date — whether it’s just with you, your kids, or the whole fam. Godzilla’s out there for the monster-movie fan, Spiderman and X-Men for your favorite superhero lover, and Grand Budapest Hotel for the father whose tastes are a little more eclectic. Don’t forget to treat him to dinner beforehand. If your dad is more of a homebody, there are Father’s Day deals on Roku, too. The top of the line version connects to more than 1,000 channels (including everything on Netflix) and works with Android and iPhone to turn those into streaming devices, as well. If your recipient is anything like my dad, make sure you throw in the hookup. (Roku.com, $40-90) Musical Dad Bonaroo — what could be termed the …

How My Father Became the Mother I Didn’t Have

(Left) Me and my Dad at a family celebration; (Right) The two of us take flight via helicopter, one of Dad’s favorite aircraft. (Photos courtesy Jody Jones; collage by Anette Earling/TueNight) Father’s Day (and Mother’s Day). Ugh. For those of who have lost parents and aren’t parents, these days can really suck. And while we should be celebrating what we once had (assuming we had something wonderful), it’s hard not to wallow in their absence, and what we will never have again. I sometimes wish I believed in heaven or the afterlife or reincarnation. Seems like it would make things a lot more palatable, though probably not any easier. They’re still gone. Mom got sick when I was about 11 — I have very few memories of my life before she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Through chemo, hair loss, remissions and the returns of the beast, I was always afraid I’d lose my mom, but never really accepted that it would happen. There was a lot of sadness and dread and anger in my formative …

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Matchbook Dad: A Life of Lucky Strikes

So many matchbooks; a lifetime of memories. (Photo: Margit Detweiler/TueNight) When my parents downsized last year, moving into a smaller cottage house, my Dad handed me three giant plastic baggies of 200+ matches he’d collected over the years. “You can probably figure out something to do with these,” he said. And when I saw those matches, I saw stories — a lifetime of traveling, memories and moments. My Dad has been collecting matches since he was an eight-year-old kid in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. Becoming an Air Force captain in the ’60s, he traveled all over the world while he was stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, and, later, as a water utilities executive  in the U.S. So, like many, he snatched up these free, end-of-the-meal souvenirs — here and abroad. “Everyone smoked back then so there were always matchbooks at the hotel checkout desk, in restaurants,” Dad says. “I started collecting them for no particular reason,” he pauses. “Well, looking back on it maybe sentimental reasons.” Each matchbook jogs a memory for my dad, like a physical diary entry …

A Shop for Pop — Our Special Boutique on GREAT.LY

TueNight has a boutique! As we announced a few weeks ago, we now have a shop on GREAT.LY. It’s chock full of original style, substance, baubles, kid stuff and the quirky goods you’d expect from us — all by our own curated “makers” who handcraft goods from all over the world. This week, we’re debuting a “Shop for Pop” to help you find a groovy item, perfect for Dad. By shopping TueNight on GREAT.LY, you’re also helping to support this site — we make about $30 month on that ad you see to the left, and that sure isn’t enough to support us. If you love the content you read on TueNight and want to help us make it better — share the site, tell your friends and do a little shopping. Here are a few of the goodies in stock: Retromarine Stylish Parrots Swim Shorts, $70 Mad Men Offices Floor Plan — Handrawn Fantasy Floorplans by Brandi Roberts  John Rousseau Solid Walnut Chopping Block with Maple Ends, $250 Aster & Bay Grooming Oil with Hemp, $20 …

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Two Books About the “Other” Parent

Do fathers matter? I’m a woman married to a man who is the father of our two children, so I have an answer to that question (indubitably yes!), but that doesn’t mean my sample audience is one of proper scientific breadth or depth. Fortunately, someone else has asked that question, and answered it with good strong research. Do Fathers Matter? What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked by Paul Raeburn is filled with anecdotes about how and why fathers matter in the lives of boys and girls. It’s a book whose time has come. I’ve grown so weary of the term “mommy blogger” and its attendant connotations of maternity as all encompassing and all powerful. (And yes, I acknowledge that many of the best “mommy bloggers” acknowledge and celebrate their male and female co-parents; I just wish more of them did so.) If we truly desire a third wave of feminism, one that encompasses all humans, then we need to examine what male parents (straight and gay and trans) bring to the …

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Chef Dad: How My Husband Won My Heart and My Kids’ Stomachs

  On our third date, Andrew cooked me an incredible dinner: leg of lamb, roasted asparagus and crispy potatoes. It was truly impressive. Years later, he told me that he learned to cook because it was a good dating move. I might have felt played, but I like eating well just a tad too much. So, I not only let him cook for me regularly, I married him. Fast forward to when our first son was 3 ½  years old. He went to a preschool friend’s house for a play date and stayed for dinner. (If you’re thinking woo hoo, what a break for Wendy, think again. We had a 1 ½ year old and an infant at home.) I picked Davis, my oldest son, up at about 7:00 pm and, as always, he was full of stories! What a great reporter he was. So, chat, chat, chat… and then, “Mom. Guess what? It was so weird at Daniel’s house.” “Really, what was weird?” (You can only imagine where my thoughts were headed.) “When we …

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Margit’s Note: Hiya Pop

(Photo: Nancy Gonzalez, TueNight) We’re all about Pop this week. And we don’t mean our daily can of carbonated fizz. We’re talking about dear old Dad. Corny jokes, clutch advice (from boys to business), military-length pants, the same haircut since he was 10, stirred vodka martinis (sorry Bond), someone to aspire to. In this day and age of mommy bloggers, Dads get an underrated rap — as Bethanne notes in her piece this week. Dads, of course, are half of what made us. Some of us struggle with that father-daughter dance — we all do at one time or another. Maybe he was “the fun one” Maybe he was there every day. Maybe he wasn’t there at all. And many of us don’t have a father anymore to ring up on the phone to just say, “Hey there Dad, watcha doing?” We don’t take that for granted. We just love em. This week: Dad and I chat about life — via his matchbook collection. Jody Jones recalls how her dad stepped up after her mom passed …