Author: Darren W Carter

The Metropolitan Opera’s RUSALKA Give-A-Way

You have the chance to experience the haunting RUSALKA by winning tickets from Fathom Events’ The Met 2016-2017 series. For the chance to attend Regal Crocker Park Theatre on 2/25 or 3/1, enter here – Kristine Opolais stars as a tragic water nymph in Rusalka. Sir Mark Elder conducts Mary Zimmerman’s new staging, which also stars Brandon Jovanovich as the human prince who captures Rusalka’s heart; Katarina Dalayman as Rusalka’s rival, the Foreign Princess; Eric Owens as the Water Sprite, Rusalka’s father; and Jamie Barton as the duplicitous witch Ježibaba. Additional tickets can be purchased at

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The Metropolitan Opera’s Big Screen Give-A-Way: ROMÉO ET JULIETTE

Shakespeare’s beloved play comes to life through ROMÉO ET JULIETTE from The Met 2016-2017 series. For your chance to win Regal Crocker Park Theatre tickets valid 1/25, enter here –  The electrifying team of Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau reunites for a new production of Gounod’s opera based on the Shakespeare play. Damrau makes her role debut as Juliette in Bartlett Sher’s new production, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Elliot Madore sings Mercutio and Mikhail Petrenko sings Frère Laurent. Sher’s staging is a La Scala production, initially presented by the Salzburg Festival, where it premiered in 2008.   To...

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The Metropolitan Opera’s Big Screen Give-A-Way

You can experience opera on the big screen by entering to win NABUCCO tickets from The Met 2016-2017 series. For the chance to attend Regal Richmond Theatre on 1/7 or 1/11, enter here –   Met Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi’s early drama of Ancient Babylon, Nabucco, with Plácido Domingo adding a new role to his Met repertory as the title character. Liudmyla Monastyrska sings the tour-de-force role of Abigaille, Nabucco’s willful daughter, with Jamie Barton as Fenena, Russell Thomas as Ismaele and Dmitri Belosselskiy as the prophet Zaccaria, the role of his 2011 Met debut.  ...

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See You In February

“Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again!” – Unknown   I have been on social media for a very, very long time. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Various Messaging apps, Periscope, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, Google+, YouTube and the like. Social media has proven to be profitable to me in forming new relationships and brand growth for my blog and visibly for the Cleveland Dads Group. I love the fact that we can have nearly instant contact with one another without taking too much time out of our day. Sharing the...

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47 Years of Gratefulness

Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. –  Melody Beattie   Today marks a brand new 356 for me. I’m so very thankful to God that I am here to celebrate my 47th birthday. If you’re reading this you may know how much birthdays mean to me, if you don’t after reading this post you just might. In the final five days leading up to my born day I wanted to...

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The Carter’s – Take 2

Family life is full of major and minor crises — the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce — and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. It’s difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul. — Thomas Moore   Take 1   July 17, 1999 – After a great friendship and courtship, I jumped the broom, married Theresa and became a father to Briana. The Carter’s were formed! A beautiful family unit...

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A Man and His Dog

Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.  – John Grogan Most of my life I’ve had a dog. My first was a German Shepard named Prince. I was very young and really only remember him because of pictures. Pee Wee was my next dog, he was a feisty Chihuahua. I remember when my dad brought him home....

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Tribute to Legends

I’m a church baby. Since I was weeks old, I was in the church and this remained a constant for the majority of my life until recently. More on that later…. A few months ago I went back for an afternoon service at the church I spent my teenage and the early part of my young adult life attending. The service was a Homecoming Service. A homecoming service, if you don’t know, is where a church invites past members back for fellowship. People may leave a church for many different reasons including spiritual ones, or being sent out for...

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Darren W Carter

Darren W Carter

Darren W. Carter is founder of, a site focusing on Faith, Family, Fatherhood and a lot of Fun! He is also co-organizer of Cleveland Dads Group, a community of dads in Cleveland, Ohio who are active in their children's lives and founder of All Geared Up - A Family Bike Event, an event that focuses on family time and healthy lifestyles. He's an unconventional dad that shares his life's journey in hopes that his errors as well as triumphs can be gleaned tidbits which can help his readers in any way possible.

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