Why wait until you’re a grandparent? Take your second chance NOW.

old age man

One of the common statements I hear today when I talk with grandparents is, “I’m loving this second-chance at parenting.” I’m all for second chances and for grandparents making the most of grand-parenting, but it seems that if we first-chance parents can anticipate the need for a second chance twenty or thirty years down the [Read More...]

Dads who are present… long after they’re gone

Young Child Resting in Father's Arms on Beach

I’m still smiling. A couple weeks ago, my son Aidan and I were invited on a father-child deer hunt to northern Nebraska. What continues to make me happy is not only the fact that my son shot a giant whitetail, but also the memories of the other three dads with their children. These men worked [Read More...]

95-pound kid shoots 200-pound buck

Zeke & Aidan with Aidan's 2015 buck

In “Man on the Run,” I wrote, “There’s a song that plays in my head several times a week. I hear this tune in my mind when I’m wrestling, fishing, or reading to my children. It’s Pierce Pettis’s song, ‘You’re Gonna Need This Memory.’ With great melody, Pettis encourages men to pay attention to the [Read More...]

Inner Boys and Awakened Men

Feeling very lonely

All men have an inner boy, and many of our inner boys have strong recollections of growing up and getting crushed, silenced, disappointed, and at times, even victimized by our fathers, or by other frail-hearted men. Because of our rough childhoods, many of us would be justified in repeatedly saying, “I was wronged. I deserved [Read More...]

One Christian’s approach to PP-supporting Starbucks (AUDIO of drive-thru)


I’ve got a fun little thing going with Starbucks – depending on what I’m doing on a particular day, I will answer the question, “Can I get a name for the cup?” with someone else’s name, or a statement. For example, on the way to the first game of the World Series, my cup read, [Read More...]

Open letter to Planned Parenthood & Dr. Nucatola supporters:

open letter

As I’ve observed your responses to Dr. Nucatola’s statements this week, I’ve noticed a contradiction in your language. The contradiction can be illustrated in a comment left by an anonymous PP supporter (“Badgers”) in response to my previous post (“What if they were dead puppy parts”): Notice how “Badgers” referred to the ($30-$100) items as, “human [Read More...]