Monthly Archives: September 2015

#114 – Jay Forte – The Greatness Zone – Ready4Life



The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 114 - Jay Forte - The Greatness Zone - Ready4Life

This week, Ryan Hamilton talks to Art Eddy about his presentation at The 20th Annual National At-Home Dads Convention on “Coding and Kids”. Then they bring on speaker, writer, and coach – Jay Forte of The Greatness Zone and Ready4Life.

Jay is passionate about helping everyone learn how to discover, develop and live their greatness, then inspire greatness in others. Born in Massachusetts, Jay grew up on Cape Cod, now lives in Florida. Jay loves that he came from a big Italian family, where they all cook. He spent time as an accountant and CFO before discovering his abilities in and passion for teaching, writing and creating big ideas.

He is always working on the next workshop, next book and next poem. He has three grown daughters – all 3 have completed college, 2 are married. He started The Greatness Zone and Ready4Life to share a clear process to help everyone learn how to show up big to life. He loves reading, gardening and cooking and there is always company over. Jay never rests and is always traveling, speaking, writing or coaching.

Folow Jay Forte on TheGreatnessZone.com and Ready4Life.me.


#113 – Norine Dworkin-McDaniel & Jessica Ziegler – Science of Parenthood



The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 113 - Norine Dworkin-McDaniel & Jessica Ziegler - Science of Parenthood

Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton chat with Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and Jessica Ziegler from Science Of Parenthood about their book, Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations.

Science Of Parenthood is an illustrated parenting humor blog inspired by the madness of raising kids, which not even science can explain. Science Of Parenthood was created in 2013 by magazine writer, Norine Dworkin-McDaniel, and illustrator/web developer, Jessica Ziegler.

First, Jessica had a kid. Then Norine had a kid. Then Norine began developing a series of science-y/parent-y ain’t-that-the-truth-isms. Then Jessica came in and scribbled all over them. And Science Of Parenthood was born.

Their book Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations comes out on November 17th. You can pre-order it on ScienceOfParenthood.com or on Amazon.


#112 – Khari Toure – Poet, Author, Musician



The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 112 - Khari Toure - Poet, Author, Musician

Ryan Hamilton talks to Art Eddy about how he and his son are loving Super Mario Maker and the fact that this game will help Ryan with his upcoming speech at the 20th annual At Home Dads Convention in Raleigh, NC. Then the guys bring on Khari Toure, whose anti-bullying video “Love Yourself” recently went viral.

“Love Yourself” is an anti-bullying song that he wrote for his daughter, Nia, after she was bullied at school. He quickly resolved the issue, but he saw how the bullying had a negative effect on his daughter. As a result, he decided to create a song about the importance of self-love: an anthem with positive affirmations that children could recite daily, reminding themselves that they are beautiful, worthy, priceless, and brilliant.

He wanted to include special needs children in the video after speaking with his friend, Alicia Coleman, whose daughter “Ava,” is autistic. He learned that special needs children are frequently targeted and bullied. So he invited children with various disabilities including Hearing Impairments, Autism, Down Syndrome, Dyslexia, PTSD and ADHD and to appear in the video along with their siblings.

Khari hopes this song and video empowers children who have been abused, bullied, and belittled, to build up their confidence, embrace who they are, and love themselves unconditionally.

It’s been said that the most brilliant writers have experienced the most tragedy, and from the pain of their past experiences they are transformed into poets who paint pictures with words. Khari is a living testimony to this truth! Born and raised in Oakland, California, he first began writing poetry as a young child while living in foster homes. Poetry was his therapy, an outlet that allowed him to purge his mind of the pain he endured as a youth.

His transition from literary poet to spoken word artist occurred during the summer of 2006, when he began performing at open mics and winning several poetry slams hosted by Hot Water Cornbread. His keen intellect, passionate flow and delivery, powerful voice and brazen lyrics quickly distinguished him from many other performance poets and spoken word artists. He exploded onto the Spoken word poetry scene during the summer of 2006 after performing at Mouth Off (a spoken word poetry venue held at Oakland’s Air Lounge every Wednesday). He also began participating in the local poetry slam scene in 2006. Now, three years later, he’s published a bestselling poetry book, releasing over 20,000 spoken word mixtapes and performed at some of the top spoken word venues in the country, including Spoken Soul Sessions in New Orleans during the Essence Music Festival, Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York, Soul Cypher in Oakland and Cafe Nuba in Denver. Within a three year period, he’s performed at over 100 different venues and is currently in high demand to perform and feature at major spoken word events.

Khari‘s spoken word songs have achieved worldwide recognition. Best known for his socially conscious pieces, love and erotic and poems, and songs praising the beauty of plus sized women, Khari cannot be put in a box. He has a fan base that numbers in the thousands and few poets have been blessed with his success. In 2010, Khari released his album “VICTORY”. Fusing Spoken Word, Neo-Soul, Jazz, Gospel and Hip Hop, Victory broke new grounds for spoken word! In 2014, Khari released his sophomore spoken word album, “Through Thick and Thin”. He also released a book, “Curvy and Confident”, a self-empowerment guide for women. Curvy and Confident is the first book ever written by a man to help women overcome low self-confidence, negative body image, and insecurities.

For more on Khari Toure, go to KhariToure.com

Follow him on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter @ Kharitoure.


#111 – Dr. Carey Strom – Tower Digestive Health Medical Group



The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 111 - Dr. Carey Strom - Tower Digestive Health Medical Group

Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton talk about what they did on Labor Day weekend and how Art got hang out with Life of Dad co-founder Tommy Riles in New York City. They bring on Dr. Carey Strom on the show to talk about the importance of getting a physical and knowing your family’s medical history.

Dr. Carey Strom is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology by the American Boards of Internal Medicine and is the senior associate of Tower Digestive Health Medical Group (TDH). He is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Geffen School of Medicine and has been practicing in the community for 25 years. Tower Digestive Health Medical Group is a medical practice consisting of three board certified gastroenterologists dedicated to the practice of gastroenterology in the ‘heart’ of Beverly Hills, California. The physicians have access to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Doheny Endosurgical Center where procedures can be performed.

For more on Dr. Carey Strom go to DoctorStrom.com and check out his Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.


#110 – Chris Persley – The Brown Gothamite



The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 110 - Chris Persley - The Brown Gothamite

Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton talk about Art‘s trip to Portland and how Ryan‘s son is liking the first few days of fourth grade. Then, the guys welcome Christopher Persley aka The Brown Gothamite.

Christopher Persley is an at-home father living in New York City with his wife and 4-year-old daughter. He is an fatherhood advocate, diversity and inclusion practitioner, and writer. Christopher is also Co-Organizer of NYC Dads Group, which is a diverse community of more than 1,100 fathers in and around the New York City area that gives dads an opportunity to socialize and support each other.

Christopher writes the blog, The Brown Gothamite, and has contributed to City Dads Group, NYC Dads Group, What To Expect, The Good Men Project, Across The Margin, and Medium. He has appeared on Good Morning America, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, Mic.com’s Flip The Script, The Root Live, CBS local, CBS national, NY1, The Modern Dads Podcast, Father Nation, The Broad Experience. In addition, he has been profiled in Real Simple Magazine, been a Spotlight Blogger at the 2015 Dad 2.0 Summit, contributed a story to the book, Dads Behaving Dadly 2, and interviewed by the NY Daily News.

Christopher worked nearly two decades as an educator and school administrator, earning a masters degree in Private School Leadership through the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. He remains connected to education as a part-time English teacher and freelance educational consultant conducting diversity consultations, parent diversity workshops, and webinars.

You can follow Chris Persley on Twitter at @browngothamite