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Trade-Offs

Dear Son, Life is a balancing act.  However much some ideologues might promise it to us, we cannot have everything we want.  When we choose one path, another path is lost to us.  This is why it is important to have good critical thinking skills, strong values, good character, and a powerful code of ethics.  […]

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Faith

Dear Son, No human being can know the future.  We can’t control the thoughts, feelings, or actions of other people.  Even if we could, we would have no right to do so. And that means that we have to have some faith when we make decisions. Faith is a funny word, it has a few […]

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Up Early

Dear Son, So today might well be the day! I’m up early this morning for a business call to Sweden that didn’t actually happen, and imagining what life is going to be like after you’re born.  Very different, I suspect! Today, a lot of people are skipping parenthood.  They would rather keep chasing their own […]

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First Impressions

Dear Son, There is a popular saying that I want to make sure is in your lexicon: “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” Right now this saying is not well-liked, but it is most definitely true. Human beings are forever judging each other.  We have to.  It is critical […]

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Locked Posts

Dear Son, There are post here that are just for you, not anyone that I might share this work with.  They all use a single password that I will give you along with this blog. These are letters of a deeply personal nature, and you should be careful with whom you share them. One thing […]

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Stay-At-Home-Dad

Dear Son, The shape of families has changed rapidly over the last three hundred years or so.  Our cultures has changed and is changing so much over the years that what is true about the shape of a family in one generation won’t be true for another. For many fathers in the past couple of […]

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Life Lessons

Dear Son, The other day I reminded myself that these letters don’t all have to be brilliant, deep, or spiritual affairs.  Sometimes they can be light, peaceful, or just plain fun. Today I am just going to share with you fourteen rules I keep in mind in my life, as much to make me laugh […]

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A Few Manly Skills

Dear Son, There are a few little things that every Man ought to know how to do.  Little things that I know I am going to love teaching you: To whittle. To catch a fish. To clean and dress a wound. To barbecue a steak. To shave with an actual razor. To fix a power […]

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Obesity

Dear Son, One thing I really hope is the case is that most of your memories of me will be of me as a pretty fit father… maybe a little thick abut the middle, but strong and trim.  Most of my life I have struggled with obsesity.  There are a lot of different factors involved […]