What kids heading back to school need most from dads

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“Back to school” has been blaring at us from every media outlet. Ready or not, it’s here. We attempt to lay aside, at least mentally, the sand buckets and surf boards of summer and focus on pencils, notebooks, backpacks and whether jeans this year should be boot cut or skinny leg. Or maybe we leave [Read More...]

Pick the Pain You’d Rather Have–You’ve Gotta Choose One

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  A despised word nowadays is discipline. Yet that’s a word that needs to live. Its fuller definition involves much more than putting a child in a timeout or sending a teen to the principal’s office. Discipline, in its truest form, is an activity that improves a skill. Success in business requires discipline. A gold [Read More...]

The Incredible Power of Sacrifice

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  As a prisoner of the Imperial Japanese Army in the jungles of Thailand during WWII, Ernest Gordon, a commander in a Scottish infantry battalion, saw firsthand the depths of depravity that can happen when man sinks to his lowest. At age 24, Gordon was captured while escaping from Sumatra after the fall of Singapore. [Read More...]

Are You TOO Nice?

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  Years ago I worked alongside a difficult co-worker. This young man seldom had anything good to say to anybody. He was affable when he wanted to be. But he often interacted with people using sarcasm or putdowns. His favorite salutation, one used co-workers and even sometimes customers, was, “How’s Dummy today?” For the first [Read More...]

How to Be a Man of Awe

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  “Dad,” said my 9-year-old daughter, Addy. “Some kid in the park asked me if you’re a celebrity. Are you?” “What did you say?” I asked, curious about how she answered the question. “That you sign autographs, speak all over the place, and write all those boring books for grownups. So I guess that makes [Read More...]

Go Ahead, Dude, Read that Novel

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If you’re planning a vacation this summer, then you know there’s nothing like lazing by a pool while sipping a cool bottle of sarsaparilla and reading a good book. Let’s make that a good novel. That might sound strange coming from an author who makes his living writing nonfiction, but I hope that men everywhere [Read More...]

Give this plan 5 minutes each morning, and it’ll give you a new life

Steve Fonyo, The Thunder Bay Record

In the 1980s, an 18-year-old named Steve Fonyo made big headlines in Canada, where I grew up. Fonyo lost his leg to cancer, then committed to run across the country to raise money for cancer research. It was an ambitious goal. Fonyo started at the Atlantic Ocean and headed west. Day after day he slogged [Read More...]

3 Powerful Weapons Against Porn

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  Early in the morning at a recent conference, I deliberately decided that when lunchtime arrived, I was not going to eat dessert. I wanted to be sharp that afternoon. I was scheduled to interview an author, and I didn’t want a big glop of sugar muddling my system. Lunchtime arrived. I expected to eat [Read More...]


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