Father’s Day: A Tribute to their Hard Work and Dedication

Political and economic pressures have motivated many Latinos to uproot themselves and migrate north looking for a better future, often leaving their families behind. These brave men work multiple jobs back-to-back to provide for their loved ones while saving big sums of money to, one day, finally reunite with his family. Father’s Day is around the corner and I want to dedicate this blog post to these trailblazers that opened the doors for most of us in this country with …

Sit Down With Dad for These Great Fathers Day Movies

Father’s Day cards always show dads fishing, or boating, or hunting ducks. But really, wouldn’t your dad rather sit down with you for a great movie? Here are my choices:                   Field of Dreams (1989) “Hey dad, ya wanna have a catch?” The day those words don’t reduce any American male to a state of blubbering crybabyhood is the day

Wisdom From Our Dads: Fathers Day Memories From Facebook

My dad is the wisest man I’ve ever known, but he’s never been much for offering sage advice. Just ask my brothers and sisters, and I guarantee they’ll all relate the same piece of classic advice from our dad: “Don’t ever place anything on the fire escape.” I suppose you could say the phrase has some allegorical meaning, that Dad was in his own way warning us not to block our life’s paths with unnecessary obstacles. But really, it’s probably …

To My Dad: Memories of the 8-Track

In late 1970, my Dad brought home a new car–a cobalt blue Chevy Caprice Classic with an 8-track tape deck installed under the dashboard. That tape deck, in that car, was my springboard to my technology adventures. As soon as I got my drivers’ license in early 1971, I got behind the wheel of that bright blue baby, and cruised my neighborhood, with tape recorded music playing inside this car.  Most of my friends had only heard of eight track …

Happy Father’s Day: You’re Not Valued As Much As Mom (Around the House)

Sorry, dads, but you’re just not worth as much as moms around the house. And worse, your value hasn’t even kept pace with inflation. A new survey says you’re only worth about one-third as much as mom — $20,248 versus $60,182 — based on what it would cost to pay someone to do the household chores you do. The results were released just days before Father’s Day. Sadly, dads, your replacement value also has dropped. Your current worth is about …

Frugal — and Priceless — Father’s Day Gifts

I reported last month that a majority of Americans planned to spend under $100 for Mother’s Day gifts. Now a survey by the same shopping website, PriceGrabber.com, confirms that most shoppers plan to spend about the same amount on dad as well this Father’s Day. I’m glad there’s parity at least when it comes to how we treat our parents, even though I’ve always been convinced that my parents love my older brother more than me. There are a lot …