9 Things Han Solo Taught Me About Being a Dad

Carter Gaddis

As a child of the ’70s, I considered Han Solo the epitome of manhood.

Fiercely independent, yet secretly sentimental. Skeptical, but willing to believe in magic if he sees it with his own eyes.

Secure enough in his own skin to pursue a princess, but not above taking a wide-eyed farm boy under his wing. Best friends with a Wookiee.

A lovable scoundrel who poses as a mercenary, but who deep down recognizes the best things in life are free.

In short — the ideal dad.

I readily acknowledge that my exposure to Star Wars at a young age shaped the adult I have become. And while Obi Wan was a superb mentor and Vader achieved redemption in the end, it was Han Solo who taught me the most about how to be a good dad.

Here are just a few examples of why I believe General Solo, who had not fathered children…

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How to be a writer in the year 2014

Chicago Literati

1. Write a lot of lists.

Lists are cool. Lists are in. Lists are super easy to digest, and take very little of a potential reader’s effort, thought, or time. Throw a few funny gifs in there, and ignore the sinking feeling in your stomach when you realize gifs will eventually replace even the measly word count you’ve been assigned.

 2. Be famous for something else.

So, you wanted to write a novel or, god forbid, a short story collection? Who do you think you are—James Franco? Because unless you are literally James Franco, no one cares about your short stories. You better start filming those reality TV audition tapes, or pray to whatever higher power you believe in that your arm is bitten off by a shark.

3. Build your network.

For your sake, I hope you have a famous godfather in the entertainment industry, because if not you will repeat…

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Why you don’t need to be rich to be a cultural tourist, and why it’s probably better not to be (really!)

Picnic at the Cathedral

I remember the exact moment: after a morning of winding our way uphill through the medieval Albayzín neighborhood of Granada in Southern Spain, we reached the San Nicholas Viewpoint. We picnicked while taking in the enchanting view of the Alhambra and surrounding mountains and I mentioned to HOB that, according to our guide book, this view is Bill Clinton’s favorite sight in Europe. And somehow our idle chit-chat crystallized it for me–I have everything I want. I spent the entire day yesterday exploring the Alhambra. There’s nothing about this experience that would be better if I were rich, famous or a former American president. 

Ever since having this rather obvious, but nonetheless life-changing illumination, I’ve become convinced that not only are we not missing out by traveling on a modest budget, but we are far better off.  A great example is the last day from our trip this spring to…

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What a Maroon.

Annamal house.

Rosenwald-Hall-Szmurlo Actually, the plant life was the best part.

I’ve never felt so courted as I did when colleges started sending me and my sister letters and brochures during our senior year of high school. At one point, mid-fall, I hauled a stack of mailers that was nearly three feet tall out to the recycling bin. Whereas I imagine previous generations of women agonized over the finding the perfect husband at 18, my classmates and I agonized over finding the perfect college. For those of us on the honors/AP/IB fast track of elite education in Atlanta, it was a kind of holy grail we chased after, plowing through chemistry homework while our classmates smoked joints at Lake Burton.

I went into college sincerely believing it was going to be the absolute best four years of my life: a distillation of the most engaging and empowering moments from high school, minus all…

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Kids and Technology: Set an Example While They’re Young

Revolutionary Paideia

Children and Technology (Photo Credit: Digital Trends)

As most parents know, your kids are watching you all of the time.  You don’t have to sit down and have a formal conversation with them to teach them things; even kids who seem like they rarely pay attention are observing and learning from your behavior.

As your kids start getting their first smartphones, tablets and laptops, you want them to be responsible. You don’t want them to spend all day in front of a screen, and you want them to be kind to others over the Internet.  One of the best ways to ensure that your kids are responsible with their technology is to be a great role model with your own devices.

With this in mind, the following tips can help parents set an excellent example with their use of technology.

One of the best things parents can do to be good technology role…

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The orphan

There was once this orphan who questioned why his mother didn’t want him. His name was Juan he was 10yrs old and he was from Mexico ,and everyday he would go out and beg for money for the orphanage . One day a strange lady gives him $500 ($20 American dollars.) and he was so excited . He never had this much money. Everyday the same lady have him all this money. He befriended the lady named altagracia and they conversed ,they were very much alike. She bought him ice cream and treated him to everything she could give him that made him smile.This friendship carried on for years on in. Juan told altagracia about his mother not wanting him , altagracia couldn’t bare the thought of hearing that. She told Juan that she had lost a child about some time before she met him. As their relationship grew closer she got old and ill. Juan being 18 now would spend nights taking care of his friend altagracia. She told him that if anything were to happen to her ,he is to go into the closet and he’ll find some pictures . One day Juan comes home to his his old friend to find her dead , she was as cold as a midwinter night . He steps into the closet and he finds pictures of him and a letter . That read

Dear Juan
You’re the child I’ve been watching you for some time and I can’t help but to notice that you were my son , after telling me how you felt about your mother leaving I felt sorrow and regretted everything . But you were taken from me ten years before you were I met you that one day . You’ve grown into a man I’m really proud of and I’m really sorry I didn’t tell you earlier I was just really scared of how you would react and I didn’t want you to leave me. I love you ,I put the house in your name and all the food stamps are yours ,you’ll also get wealth fare checks on every first of the month. I hope you live a great life the house is yours .

Juan left to Kansas to where he met a Beautiful girl names jasmine they fell in love and had little Juan’s and jasmines ,and they opened a Mexican restaurant called Juan’s tacos and he had a nice perfect life and lived happily , but soon enough Juan owed the bank money and he hadn’t payed his mortgage , Juan and his family ended up homeless , he couldn’t handle the pressure of going back to poverty especially in America . Juan later joined the ms13’s , and started selling drugs . His family was murdered due to a turf war. Juan went to jail at the age of 30. After he go out ten years later he had nothing . He moved to New York ,and had a icee cart ,which was how he made his living . One day an old gang member spotted Juan and tried to murder him for leaving the gang , Juan ran as fast as he could ,ms member shot at Juan twice and shot his two fingers off . Juan was devastated because those were his special icee fingers. Juan had no choice but to do crack and sell icee’s . Juan now site in the corner of Morrison soundview avenue selling icee’s to middle schoolers ,so he can feed his crack habit.


I get you
i saw what you had
to offer in the most simplest of manners.
I loved every
twist and turn
every edge
as if this was a foreshadow of my future.
You spoke with no voice,
no movement.
Simply emotion confined into a window.
A window of you and me.

Exhibit needs flavor




The Dot-Fifty-One art gallery needs flavor. Reverse : rewriting culture looks to review the contemporary art of gay artists, which is fine, BUT where’s the flavor and wheres the meaning?

Art by: David Rohn

The series is a continuation of self portraits. This group called ‘The Beaten Series’ explores the manifestation of aggression and, specifically, fighting in the context of masculinity as a traditional gender construct.
This piece can mean many things, but just looking at it there’s no real message and even if there wasn’t a message, where’s the flavor? Its just plain portraits of the same guy in different scenes looking beat up. It would be better if he would be caught in the action getting beat up and showing why he’s in the trouble that he is.

If you can put a price on this I’m not sure if it’ll even pass $30.
Wheres the revealing? This just look like Myspace wannabe photographers. You see what you see BUT, even for the people who don’t connect, give them something to really look at and say “I get what he’s trying to say,” not “oh.” Its just a man thats beaten up; he could’ve been drunk a trouble maker OR just at the wrong place at the wrong time. What i do enjoy is that even though its is a gay artist, you cant tell. Its just regular and doesn’t fall into any stereotypes.