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Next Sunday will be my 7th Father’s Day as a father. The last six have seen us relaxing at home, overpopulating an Upper East Side 2-bedroom and even divided across state lines. Here are some photo highlights of my Father’s Days as a cool dad.


Father’s Day 2007: Cool Boy (known as Cool Baby back then) was 3 weeks old and already a smiley guy. I don’t have any distinct memories of the day, but since we didn’t want to take him anywhere crowded until he was 6 weeks, I’m sure we had a chill day at home for Cool Dad.


Father’s Day 2009: Here are Cool Mum and CB gathered with hundreds of guitar players at an event called Mass Appeal Guitars held at Union Square. They attended with CM’s friend Rosie, who was visiting from North Carolina. You might be thinking, “But Cool Dad, you play guitar. Why weren’t you there? Were you busy winning a body sculpting competition in Aruba?” Close, Cool Reader. That weekend I was in Gunnison, CO with my band to lead worship for a youth camp.



Father’s Day 2011: Our friend Matt was gifted with a Bacon of the Month-type membership, so he regularly received gourmet bacons from around the country. Rather than hoard the smoked pork goodness for himself, he and his wife Anna (above with Cool Boy) held Bacon Brunches, where they cooked up challah French toast to go with the fancy bacons and opened their home.



Father’s Day 2012: After church, we went to our favorite Mexican place, Taqueria Tlaxcalli in Parkchester, Bronx. I stuffed myself with their savory and beautiful spicy pork burrito.

We’d love to hear about some of your memories from Father’s Day, whether you were the child, spouse or father on the day. And since we’d love to help you score a cool gift for the father in your life, we’re happy to announce another Cool Giveaway! is giving away $50 Amazon e-gift card to one lucky Cool Reader. Use the Rafflecopter contraption below to leave a comment with a special Father’s Day memory. And there are other ways to earn entries, too.

You must be 18 or over to be eligible, and the contest is open to both U.S. and international folks. And be sure to subscribe via RSS or email to catch every giveaway and cool/dorky post we have to offer!

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uncommongoods-logoI’m a terrible gift giver. The gifts aren’t terrible; it’s the giving as in I can never figure out what to get, so I end up not giving a gift at all. [-10 cool points]

The problem is that I want to give something unique that no one else will give. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, until I end up not picking anything. What I need is a place to get those uncommon goods I’m looking for.

Well, in an incredible stroke of luck, UncommonGoods happens to just that place! With their handmade offerings and creative takes on everyday items, the odds of me being a complete gift (un)giving loser plummet dramatically.

With Father’s Day coming up, UncommonGoods can very well save you from settling for the tired old tie clip, cologne or cricket bat. Click here to see their unique gift options for Dad’s big day.

And to make your Father’s Day shopping even easier, we’re giving away a $50 gift certificate for UncommonGoods!

Enter through the Rafflecopter thingamajig below. You can enter by posting a comment, following us and UncommonGoods on social media, and signing up for the UncommonGoods email list. The giveaway closes at midnight EDT on June 8th, so get to clicking!

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le-taylor-tree-of-life-cover-300Last week, I boldly stated that you need Tree of Life, the debut EP from L.E. Taylor (our friend Lauren). Here’s why.

Several years ago, Lauren’s husband Nate drowned during a trip to visit his family in Oregon. Their son Jack was only a couple of months old. She found healing and hope in God’s love expressed through the family and friends around her, and in writing these songs.

And God’s fingerprints have long been on her music. In this post on her old blog, she tells the story of “Lullabye,” the last track on Tree of Life. When she was 17, the song came to her in a dream, and she woke and wrote it in minutes. The song later led to a vivid vision of her singing it over her husband’s casket. It would be years before she would meet Nate.

In the post linked above, Lauren explained,

Nathan is a ripple effect. Thus comes the name of my blog here. Maybe, just maybe, Nate’s story, my story, Jack’s story, spreads life even farther. In its sadness. In its joy. In its pride. In its humility.

I only know Lauren through blogging, but the ripples of Nate’s life have rocked me. Listening to “Lullabye” moved me to tears last week, far beneath the city in a half-full subway car. God is at work in this music, and I feel led, gently and urgently, to do what I can to join. Now, that means sharing Lauren’s music.

We’re giving away 3 digital copies of Tree of Life by L.E. Taylor. You can enter through Facebook and Twitter, and by leaving a comment on this post.

And though I don’t normally encourage impatience, go ahead and buy the record on iTunes if you don’t feel like waiting for the giveaway to end.

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