Ready… Set… Grow!


Pogonotrophy(po-guh-NAW-truh-fee) n.

Without Googling it, do you know what the word means?

If you do, you’re entirely too smart for this blog and are sure to leave here unfulfilled and looking for better things to do with your time. I warned you.

Pogonotrophy is the act of cultivating, or growing and grooming, a mustache, beard, sideburns or other facial hair.

If you found that interesting, you should also know that pogonology is the study of facial hair, and pogonotomy is a fancy word for the act of shaving.

Who knew?

Now, how about philanthropy? Y’know The act of giving…

(Stay with me, please…)

I’m sure you know that philanthropy is defined as goodwill shown to fellow members of the human race; especially an active effort to promote human welfare

Now, if you put pogonotrophy and philanthropy together, what do you get?

Movember… That’s right. Almost like November, but the “Mo-“ part is short for “moustaches.” Simply put, for the entire month of November, men all over the world will participate in the Movember campaign and grow their facial hair out for the entire month. With their “Mo’s”, these men raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

Let There Be Light!


What is it with my neighbor leaving his exterior Christmas lights up, anyway?

Every July, I curse his laziness. Then every October, I praise his sheer genius.

Who can blame him for leaving them up? I’ve always hated messing with the exterior lights. I mean, they’re outside. We can’t even see them from inside! Then I had kids.

Anytime I think about Christmas lights and the annual ritual of trying them out, I always remember my dad, like his father before him, fighting a tangled mess of light strings while cheerful Christmas music played in the background. A visual oxymoron.

Hand me another rum ball…


He’d rejoice when they’d all light up on the first try, and cry if they didn’t, because that meant he had to find out which bulb wasn’t working, causing the rest of the string to play dead. Ah, the good old days…

Cue your inner Clark Griswold

Out of Gas


Ah, yes… Fall has begun to, well, fall upon us.

The air gets cooler, our clocks fall backward, it gets dark during your commute home (at least around Atlanta, where the average commuter spends approximately 23 hours a day in the car), and there’s more than likely a car-sized pile of fallen leaves in your yard.

Speaking of leaves, another telltale sign, especially for those not familiar with the whole process, is the need to ‘winterize’ your small engines – your leaf blowers, mowers, trimmers, and the rest of your two & four stroke engines. Coming from Florida, I didn’t even know what ‘winterizing’ meant. I thought it meant throwing a blanket over the engine of my mower and pouring hot cocoa into the gas tank. Turns out I was wrong. Not the first time…