Biking for Books … All the Way Across the Country

Rich McKinless believes books are the way to open the windows of the world to children. So he spent the summer pedaling across America to raise awareness and money for literacy. McKinless, 57, of Arlington, Va., ended a 4,351-mile, “sea to shining sea” cycling journey on Sept. 28 and raised more than $45,000 for First Book, a nonprofit that provides access to new books for children from low-income families. He became acquainted with the organization while working at audit and …

Proud Papa Brian Williams Announces Daughter’s Role as Peter Pan

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams got to show just what a proud father he his. Reporting the evening news July 30, he announced that NBC has cast his daughter, Allison, as the lead in a musical performance of Peter Pan Live! “Family members confirm that she’s been rehearsing for this role since the age of 3, and they look forward to seeing her fly,” said Williams, displaying a childhood photo of his daughter decked out in full Peter Pan …

Shouldn’t Parents Have Fun at Weddings, Too?

May through October is peak wedding season, and because receptions can get repetitive, bride and groom often try to make their day distinctive. Sometimes the parents of the couple, often contributing part of the $30,000 average cost of a wedding, want to put their stamp on the event, too. But proceed with caution. There’s a good reason for those traditional rules of etiquette for the parents, says wedding planner Sandy Malone, the star of TLC’s “Wedding Island” reality show. “It’s …

For Father’s Day, Give Your Children a Gift

When it comes to gift-giving, Father’s Day ranks in last place among holidays, generating $7 billion less in spending than Mother’s Day. Of the average $113.80 spent on gifts, much will be for boring stuff from ties to lawn trimmers. Try giving Mom a gift like that for her day! Perhaps that’s not surprising, considering the pop-culture image of fatherhood. In movies, dads are often goofballs like Adam Sandler and Vince Vaughn. On TV, the popular sitcom “Modern Family” stars …