Masked Protester

Virtue Signaling

Dear Son, One of the most obnoxious habits that people have today is a behaviour called “Virtue Signaling.” I want to be sure that you know it for what it is, so that you avoid doing it yourself, and are mindful of people who engage in it. Virtue Signaling is when someone makes either low-risk, […]

Hard Work


Dear Son, One of the things I see holding men back over and over again is a fear of being a burden.  They don’t share their thoughts or feelings, their creative works, or even their hopes because they are afraid of being a burden on others.  This can cause a lot of pain for a […]

Shocked Girl

“That’s Offensive!”

Dear Son, Today the battle-cry of many dangerous and hateful people is “That’s offensive!”  They have succeeded in fooling the whole world into believing that words can do actual harm, especially to people who belong to certain groups.  It is nonsense and idiocy at its absolute highest level.  Words might hurt feelings, but they only […]

Quad at Oxford University, England

More on Postsecondary Education

Dear Son, In a recent letter I talked a bit about Universities and College, and making sure that your education suited the life you had decided to make for yourself.  There are other things that concern me about them that are just as worrisome as whether or not the degree itself is valuable. In the […]

Soldier Reunited with Children

The Difference between Men and Boys

Dear Son, I am looking forward to seeing you grow into a fine Man.  And part of that means making sure that I raise you to understand what masculinity is, and how to live in harmony with the impulses and drives that are part of being a Man.  Masculinity comes with power, and it requires […]

American Football

Learn to Like Sports

Dear Son, When I was your age, I hated sports.  I hated talking about them, I hated watching them, and I hated playing them.  A lot of this came from being an outsider among the other boys in school.  I was not popular and they let me know it through bullying, social snubs, and the […]

Roaring Lion

Stand Up for Yourself!

Dear Son, One thing I hope that you will learn early, and learn better than I did when I was young, is how to have good boundaries.  I hope you come to know what you want in life, and what you don’t want in life.  And I hope that you hold yourself in high esteem:  […]

Horse-Drawn Carriages

Good Manners Will Never Be Unfashionable

Dear Son, Perhaps I should consider it a bad omen that while I was searching my favourite public domain image library for an image of people being polite or kind, the collection couldn’t find anything, and so instead of “polite” went to “plolitical” and came up with many images of angry protesters making rude gestures.  […]

Hands: Holding, Embracing, Loving

A Father’s Promise

Dear Son, I cannot make a lot of promises to you about how life is going to be.  I don’t even wish that I could. Watching you explore and learn and have your own experiences is part of what I am looking forward to the most about your arrival. I know that you will be […]