What Won Babe Heffron’s Respect

4. Jan 25, Babe, Marcus, Bill

Two summers ago I found myself at a book signing event seated alongside seven of the original Band of Brothers, the men of Easy Company who have become symbols of heroism in World War II.   I sat near the tail end of a long table. The men and I were on one side, and [Read More...]

A Father’s Protection

That's My Teenage Son

There is an old legend regarding the Cherokee Indian youth’s Rite of Passage. When a boy is ready to become a man, the father takes his son into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a tree stump the entire night and not remove the blindfold until the [Read More...]

Help, for When the Future is Unknown

1. Jan 4, Big River

At the start of a new year, your next 12 months are always unknown.   That’s why your next 12 months can be an adventure. As well as scary.   Will you win the lottery? Or will your house burn down?   You don’t know.   So what do you do? You plan. You leap [Read More...]

How Beautiful the Boring Games You Played as a Child

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 “So, Dad,” said my young daughter, Addy. “What are you going to get me for Christmas?”   “A stick, a cardboard box, and an old potato,” I said with an absolutely straight face.   “Hmm,” she said. “That doesn’t sound like much fun—except for the cardboard box.”   Addy grinned in seriousness. The child can [Read More...]

Breaking the Ice

Small group

Finish the sentence: “When I was in high school, you would have found me…” How would you answer? Every year my board of directors and their spouses gather together for a Christmas dinner. At occasions like this, I love to propose a question everyone answers around the table. Last year I used the one above. [Read More...]

Stop Looking So Busy

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In most work cultures, an unwritten rule exists that you need to be busy all day long—or at least you need to look busy. Be busy, busy, busy—that’s the expectation.   For instance, when I was working as a newspaper reporter, it just wouldn’t have flown in the newsroom if, during the middle of the [Read More...]

Perpetuating the Cycle

Fatherless boys tend to follow in the footsteps modeled for them, perpetuating fatherlessness onto future generations.  Here is a fairly simple illustration of just one way this manifests itself using very broad generalizations.  When boys are raised only by women they grow up learning the communication style of women.  They use more words, they speak [Read More...]

Where Have All The Good Men Gone?

In her article in the Wall Street Journal, Kay S. Hymowitz comments that not so long ago, most young men by their late 20s had accomplished the milestones of adulthood by being married, having children and being financially independent.  Many young men today still live with their parents well into their 20s if not their [Read More...]


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