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Writing stories to pass values from one generation to the next

Writing the End of a Series

Writing the End of a Series A few weeks ago, I wrote the last words of the Coach Dave series of books. Coach Dave Season Five: The Next Level has already gone through its first edit. Even as I start the next set of revisions, I confess that I am having a hard time letting […]

2017 Summer Reading Revisited

Summer Reading Revisited

  2017 Summer Reading Revisited As my students are brushing up on their summer reading that they read in June and are now reviewing before school starts next us next week, I follow up on my own summer reading list. My goal was to learn the conventions of sports biography in preparation for a future […]

Some Status Symbols Just Don’t Fit

  Some Status Symbols Just Don’t Fit Status symbols. Fitting in. They are of critical importance to many young people preparing to return to school. No to this shirt or that backpack because they aren’t “in.” Yes to this (usually more expensive) item of clothing or accessory because it is what (they hope) the cool […]

Entangled: A Story of Redemption

Entangled: A Story of Redemption I was working my summer job, trying to survive heat indexes in the triple digits for two weeks before returning to the frosty confines of Room 308. This day’s landscape project was a school cleanup, not exactly my favorite type of project. I greatly prefer building a new flower bed […]

No One to Call: A Call to Legacy

No One to Call I have no one to call. I know I’m supposed to call. I always have. But not anymore. I have no one to call. This Sunday is Father’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate fatherhood. It’s a day to call your dad and check in and let him know you’re thinking […]

Manhood Journey Day 3: Lead Courageously

Lead Courageously

Manhood Journey Day 3: Lead Courageously We slept in a little on Day 3 of our journey. The boys both crashed not long after we returned to the hotel last night, and I was up late blogging. Our first stop of the day was the Noah’s Ark Encounter. We had intentionally avoided advertisements for the […]

Manhood Journey Day 2: Accept Responsibility

Accept responsibility

Manhood Journey Day 2: Accept Responsibility Day 2 was moving day. Before driving north to the Cincinnati area, we walked down the street a few blocks from our hotel in Louisville to the Louisville Slugger Museum. Every baseball fan like Older Brother, the Little Fella, and me should take that tour if we have the […]

Manhood Journey Day 1: Reject Passivity

Lead Courageously

Manhood Journey Day 1: Reject Passivity Day 1’s first leg was a surprise stop (to the Little Fella) at the National Corvette Museum. He loves cars, particularly the high-priced sporty ones. A late-model Corvette has–on more than one occasion–served as a welcomed change of subject on the dreaded ride home from a ball game. It […]