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...]

Fatherhood, hunting, and fishing… too brutal to go together?


“I do hunt, and I do fish, and I don’t apologize to anybody for hunting and fishing.”  - Norman Schwarzkopf I started thinking about being a dad when I was in high school. Fatherhood… what could be more rewarding? Nothing. My earliest thoughts of spending time with my children always included the natural world. From about [Read More...]

Bored by too much to do

The girl with notebook

“I’m bored, Mom. Give me something to do!” The woman standing behind me at the checkout line of the hardware store handed her son her smartphone, and said, “Here…play with this.” Children seem to be growing up bored today. And not because there is less to do, but because there are too many over-stimulating options. [Read More...]

Fathers…Superheroes or Superzeroes


“Would you tell me about your dad?” That’s one of my favorite questions to ask another person. Few inquiries surface strong feelings quicker. I’ve had people respond by turning fifty shades of red. Some have sobbed with disappointment. Others have come alive inside, smiling ear to ear as they tell me stories of the strength [Read More...]

Boys to Men: Hip Bar Mitzvah Video

Aidan and his Labrador

I’ve got a 9-year old son who is itching on the inside to become a man. He tries to talk in a deep voice, give advice to everyone, including our pets, and volunteer for all the “heavy lifting” chores around the house. As his dad, I’m trying to think of ways to help him make [Read More...]

Clicking Parties and Other Milestones

clicking party

Our youngest daughter, Claire, has had a hard time learning to read. Our first two children took to books like honeybees to flowers, but their sister has had a harder time locating the nectar. Awhile back, my wife, Jamie, told Claire: “If you stick with it and work hard, there will come a time that [Read More...]