forest path


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.  […]

planetary sunrise

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 […]


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 […]

Sunrise over a Cloudy Mountain Vale


Dear Son, I am writing you this email at seven in the morning on a Saturday.  These days my usual custom is to sleep in until 10 or so on a Saturday morning, but today a sound woke me a 6:00 and I could not get back to sleep.  I decided to get up and […]

Young Entreprenuer Operating his Business by Computer

On Business

Dear Son, One thing I wish more people would do is to run a small business at lest once in their lives.  Not just a hobby that makes a little bit of money, but a real business that brings in a few thousand dollars every month. People these days don’t understand business, so they look […]

difference between a boss and a leader

Leadership: The Basics

Dear Son, Leadership is a topic I write about, teach about, and train others in extensively.  It is a topic that is often very poorly understood.  A lot of people mistake commanding, directing, or managing people for leading them.  The fact of the matter is that leadership can happen in all of those contexts, but […]

Psychology Module

Headaches and Self-Care

Dear Son, Yesterday I was down with a migraine most of the day.  I get them from time to time, and I know that there is a genetic component to them, as Oma gets them, and so do her sisters.  It is possible that when you get into your early twenties that you will be […]

Young Couple in a Paris Park

If You are Going to Marry, Marry Young

Dear Son, I’ve spent much of the last six years of my life working with married men and couples who are looking to build a better life together.  It has been an opportunity to see the best and the worst in relationships.  I want to make absolutely sure that this blog gives you good relationship […]