Monthly Archives: August 2015

#109 – Josh Misner, PhD – Mindful Dad

The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 109 - Josh Misner, PhD - Mindful Dad

Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton bring on Josh Misner, Ph.D. He created the Mindful Dad project in 2012 as an effort to help other fathers connect on a more meaningful level with their children, regardless of age. Dr. Misner is an award-winning communication & leadership professor and mindfulness researcher, whose research focuses on the impact of mindful presence, or paying careful attention on purpose, particularly with respect to fathers and their families.

A devoted husband and active father of four, Dr. Misner teaches parents practical, realistic methods they can apply to their lives to savor each and every moment with the intention of playing an active role in children’s memories tomorrow. To help fathers facilitate this goal, Dr. Misner founded the Mindful Dad Project, a collaborative community effort aimed at reconnecting fathers who desire a deeper connection with their children.

Josh has also co-authored a book titled, The Dadly Way: 10 Steps to More Active Fatherhood and Equal Parenting, with Hogan Hilling, author of the Dads Behaving Dadly book series. The Dadly Way provides a pathway for fathers to earn their place as parenting equals, committed to being mindfully present for their children and an integral part of tomorrow’s memories.

Follow Mindful Dad on Facebook, on Twitter @MindfulDadBlog, and his website

You can also read his featured posts on major outlets like The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, Time, and others.

And, by all means, buy his book — The Dadly Way!

#108 – Benjamin Mullen – Dad On The Mic

The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 108 - Benjamin Mullen - Dad On The Mic

Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton bring on the Dad on the Mic himself, Benjamin Mullen.

Ben is the CEO of Lazy Banana Productions, the author of a soon-to-be-released book called “The Fatherhood Chronicles”. Plus he has a few podcasts, The Dad on the Mic Show and The Poppin’ Bottles Dad-Cast. His work can be found on The Good Men Project as well as here at Life of Dad.

The guys chat with Ben about his book, “The Fatherhood Chronicles”, that talks about being a parent in his early twenties and how that is not something many people see as a viable situation. It has become almost taboo, especially for the millennial generation.

They also talk about his blog post, “Dear Daughter, Your Mother And I Are Batman”, where he talks about the relationship of being a parent and Batman.

Follow Benjamin Mullen on Twitter @dadonthemic

Buy Benjamin Mullen’s book – “The Fatherhood Chronicles”

#107 – Jeff Hollman – 49 Years

The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 107 - Jeff Hollman - 49 Years

Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton talk about Ryan’s trip back to his home to Ferguson, Missouri, where he grew up as a kid…and also his stage acting days at The Vincent Price Theatre in St. Louis.

The guys then chat with author and playwright, Jeffrey L. Hollman. Following a thirty five year career in education (English teacher, high school principal, assistant superintendent), Jeff began writing full time, mostly for the stage. In February 2006, Emerging Artists Theatre in New York staged his full length one-act play, “Real Danger”, for a full-equity run of one month. The following year, the same company produced his short play, “For the Good of the Nation”. In 2009, “Bird Watching” was runner up out of 38 entries in the Strawberry One-Act Festival, also in New York. In September 2011, “OWA-TODO-PIAM” was produced in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival by the Secret Room Theatre.

Jeff’s novel, “Unsettle the Score”, published in 2014 has been called “an ambitious thriller, successful in nearly every respect,” by Kirkus Reviews. A sculptor for thirty seven years, Jeff has exhibited works in numerous galleries and shows on Long Island, in Brooklyn, and upstate New York. He and his wife Laurie have two sons, David, an engineer, and Rich, an actor who will play the role of Robert in “49 Years”.

“49 Years” is a play about a man named Sam that is abandoned by a wife more dedicated to career than home. Yet Sam remains the steadfast, albeit reluctant, father of Robbie who battles with him over the years about the rules, their careers, and the women in their lives. Circumstances bring them back together where roles reverse, and Robbie becomes the reluctant but willing caretaker.

“49 Years” will be at the Thespis Play Festival at the Hudson Guild Theater at 441 W. 26 St between 9th & 10th.

Performances are:

  • September 3th, 2015 at 9PM
  • September 5th, 2015 at 1PM
  • September 6th, 2015 at 6PM

To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!

#106 – Dan Alia – The Deconstructed Dad

The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 106 - Dan Alia - The Deconstructed Dad

Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton talk about Ryan‘s trip back to his hometown, Ferguson, Missouri, and they bring on Dan Alia from The Deconstructed Dad.

Dan has two wonderful little boys (Ben is 6 and Ethan is 4) and his wife Angie. Dan talk to the guys about a few of his blog posts like “How a Boogie Board Got Me Back in the Waves”, “What Made You Smile This Weekend?”, “Dumping My iPhone & Going Back to a Flip Phone”, and what inspired him to start up a blog. The topic of Star Wars even comes up.

Dan also wants to help all the dads and parents out there. If you go to he will send you The Deconstructed Dad’s Toolbox – which includes:

  • The Definitive List of Tools EVERY Dad needs in his home to qualify for a man card
  • The Top 5 Things Any Job-Seeker Needs to Know to get ANY job, in ANY job market, ANY where
  • The Financial Trifecta – A monthly bill tracker, a retirement worksheet for your investments, and an expenses tracker for organizing your own financial house
  • The Top 50 Books on my reading list for this year

Get The Deconstructed Dad’s Toolbox here.