; Daddy Mojo

When I first heard The Harmonica Pocket I must have been in a bad mood. Oh joy, another downbeat collection of songs about nature, the sun and rain. Break out the patchouli oil kids. I listened to the entire CD in the car with the kids and thought nothing of it until they chimed in from the back seat that they wanted to hear it again. “You want to hear it again?”, I asked.  Yes, yes they did and they continued to love this release, specifically  songs 1-9. As Sundrops has 12 songs on it that’s a very good hit ratio for a pair of discriminating children.

The Harmonica Pocket gets immediate love from the #Kindie lot

Don’t judge a book or CD by the first couple of chords. Sundrops by The Harmonica Pocket is fun, lively and something that kids (and I) like.

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New all age comics for Wednesday May 27, 2015

by Daddy Mojo on May 26, 2015

New comic book day is every Wednesday and this week there are some really nice all age comics in the mix this week. These are the comics that are appropriate for young readers and don’t have any mature or adult themes. This week have included Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. These comics have lots of action, but are OK for any age reader. Obviously you don’t want your child to mimic any of the ninja moves, so just be aware that all of these comics aren’t kittens and butterflies-and that’s a good thing.

This week we’re really pumped about the new Sonic Universe as it kicks off the Mega Man crossover event this summer. Garfield, Batman, Spider-Man, Adventure Time and Bart Simpson also make an appearance in their new comics this week.

The links will take you to TFAW (Things From Another World) where you’ll save at least 10% on comics. If you want to get them the day that they come out then follow this link to find the comic book shop closest to you.

New all age comics for Wednesday May 27, 2015

New all age comics! Batman meet Solomun Grundy, G.I. Joe, Archie, Bart and many more for any young reader out there.

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What the kids are watching on Netflix #StreamTeam

May 25, 2015

We just discovered this show and are in love with it. Strange Hill High is written by Josh Weinstein who also wrote some for The Simpsons, Futurama and other shows that you would recognize. This show is done using a hybrid of techniques that mainly involves real puppets and some digital animation. It’s laugh out loud funny, strange, creative and an utter joy to watch. Think of a calmed down, less manic Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, set it in a high school and make it super kid friendly. That is Strange Hill High; find it now on Netflix and you will not regret it.

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Usagi Yojimbo #145, detail rich, indie cred and all age comic awesome

May 24, 2015

Here it’s important to point out that I love animals, all things Japan and lived over there for a number of years. Having said that, my enjoyment out of Usagi Yojimbo is solely based on the storytelling and art that make up the comic-and it’s great. This is great all age comic for lots of fans. The indie kids will like it because it’s black and white and has paper that resembles newspaper for that classic feel. Parents and all age comic fans will enjoy Usagi Yojimbo because of the action, artwork, quick story and playful tone of the comic.

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Tomorrowland starts strong, finishes weak #FandangoFamily

May 23, 2015

Here the film starts to pick up again, but don’t get used to it because it’s about to go off the rails. Once they arrive in Tomorrowland it’s an odd lesson of optimistic thinking, the flaws of humanity and proper planning. To adults, the last 30 minutes of Tomorrowland, except for the presence of Hugh Laurie will be a tired experience of things that you’ve seen dozens of times before with better results and less preaching.

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Coming Home, a mostly picture book for military families and more

May 22, 2015

The art in Coming Home is lush, detailed and very effective.
The main character is a boy who is roaming the crowd looking for his parent. Coming Home is a great example of letting the art in a children’s book breathe. In this case the illustrations have plenty of room to work with given that there are very few words in the book. Coming Home is a children’s book that will work great with military families or those parents that travel often.

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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month-cover up

May 22, 2015

I wrote about Melanoma in 2013 when I had the surgery and was learning all about sentinel lymph nodes, mitosis and other biological terms I had forgotten about. I’m proud to say that is probably the only Cancer post you’ll ever read that embeds a relevant Judas Priest song and a flawed lesson from The Three Amigos (with video!). I do avoid the sun as much as possible, but being a parent (and loving the outside) I need to play with the kids. Sunscreen is my friend as are hats and shady trees.

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What does God stand on in the clouds?

May 21, 2015

Initially I thought about answering with something smarmy like, ‘well, he stands on a chair, just like you when you’re getting something from the counter just out of your reach’. I thought about that, but then realized that I might have been smitten-and not in a loving or affectionate manner.
Jake meant what does God stand on in the clouds that prevent him from falling through. A steel plate, no that’s too industrial. A gold floor covering? Too regal and if Indiana Jones taught me anything it is that big, shiny objects and God don’t go together. Someone needs to get that memo to Creflo Dollar or at least a copy of the third Indiana Jones movie.

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