Daniel Moore

Not missing a missing tooth

Dear rotten tooth, Somewhere, somehow, you descended from the bad genes of some distant relative. If someday I have the chance in the great hereafter to find that relative, I’m going to have a few words with him about you.…

A little happiness goes a long way

Ever wonder what goes through one-year-olds’ minds? Now I know. Spurred on by her sisters, our one-year-old has started talking up a storm. She has spoken more completely and sooner than her sisters. Sure, her sentences are only one word…

Declaring war on dandelions

I used to mow the lawn each week. Now I go out and mow the dandelions. If this means war, then it’s like one of those wars where a handful of people try to take on an entire army. And…

Watch out for princess movies

My daughters have requested that I include something princessy in my column. My oldest in particular. “I’m going back to work,” I say, after lunch. “Write a princess ad,” my daughter says as I head out the door. Not goodbye.…

Judging a movie by its cover

They say not to judge a book by its cover. Luckily they didn’t say the same thing about movies, because I judge movies by their cover all the time. Just one look at the cover and I can tell if it falls…

Toilet seat repair blunders solved

There is no old axiom about not letting young children help their dads with complex projects. There should be. In most of these cases, someone ends up crying. Usually it’s the dad. I learned this recently. The complex task was…

Why are pterodactyls not dinosaurs?

My kids have a favorite show on TV. It’s a highly educational show called “Dinosaur Train,” where a family of dinosaurs, one of whom appears adopted or accidental, rides around on a train visiting a wide variety of other dinosaurs.…