Tag: fathers

Rest in Peace, Philip Charles Gabriel

 

Three weeks ago, my dad talked to me for the last time. Three days ago, he died.

During those final weeks, any words surprised me. He was diagnosed with dementia eight years ago, four years after that with Alzheimer’s disease, and hasn’t been able to converse for several months. Every visit, he was a bit quieter, a lot thinner; a little less like Dad.

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Quote of the Day: Fathers and Sons

 

“Every father should remember one day his son will follow his example, not his advice.” – Charles Kettering

I worked as an engineer for many years before shifting into technical writing. I have three adult sons. All three are engineers. I did not advise them to be engineers. I advised them to follow the careers that would serve them best.

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Just in time for Father’s Day weekend, the Behind the Blue Wall podcast brings you some of the most terrible and culturally unacceptable advice on being a dad ever recorded. In other words, it’s 100% honest. The editorial page editor of the Boston Herald and four-time father Tom Shattuck (aka “The Great And Powerful Tom” […]

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Father’s Day and the Longest Day of the Year

 

Here it is, the gloaming, Midsummer Day. On a deeper, darker gloaming, in another place in 1960, we kids danced around outside and then Dad came home from work. It had been one of his long days. He looked tired out, even wearing a shirt and tie, and he was carrying packages and smiling.

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Honor Thy Father

 

We make a big fuss about mothers in our culture. Think of how often politicians offer sympathy to “heroic” single moms who are doing such an amazing job. Many do, and of course, their lives are extremely hard and they deserve sympathy. As a mother of three sons, I cannot imagine how I would have managed alone. That much having been said, this Father’s Day is a good time to remember that fathers are crucial to their children’s happiness and success.

Here is a small sample of what good husbands/fathers do for their relations: 1) Their wives are healthier, wealthier, and happier than single or divorced women; 2) their daughters are less likely to have eating disorders, be dissatisfied with their appearance, have behavior problems, have a child out of wedlock, or suffer from depression; 3) their sons are less likely to drop out of high school, get in trouble with the law, or drink to excess.

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Note: I posted the below essay on my personal site this past Sunday, the 4th. Reposted here with some family encouragement. It would have been a good candidate for the “Gratitude” writing assignment, but the anniversary of his passing was more fitting: My father passed six years ago, today, after a long battle with lymphoma. […]

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This is a little untimely, since Father’s Day was obviously a few weeks ago. However, I got some positive response to my storytelling podcast on Stanislav Petrov and near-Armageddon at the height Cold War. Thus, I thought I might share this one as well. Unlike the historical tale of Petrov, this one was a very […]

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The War on Men

 

shutterstock_162854771You don’t have to be a “revolutionary” presidential candidate to know that there’s something seriously wrong about the way boys are growing into men in this country.

Most of the media is obsessed with fraternities, creepy boys with “affluenza,” and lax brosMost of that reporting follows a familiar template: bad (white) boys and their victims. It’s a reliably monotonous litany because that frees them from the responsibility of looking at what happens to (mostly non-white) boys who grow up in poor neighborhoods. Short answer: nothing much good. From Citylab:

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Once a week, we gather as a family for a few minutes for a teaching moment, songs, games, prayer and a snack. Often, it seems like these family nights are going right over the heads of our rambunctious 4-year-old and 15 month old. Last Monday at family night, E told the kids a true story […]

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Book Review: The Dadly Virtues

 

Book Review Dadly Virtues
“The Dadly Virtues: Adventures from the Worst Job You’ll Ever Love,” edited by Jonathan V. Last, Templeton Press, 2015, 192 pages, $24.95
Being a dad may be the hardest job in the United States today. Dads get no respect, and are pictured in popular culture as chumps or buffoons. Yet no job can be as satisfying. Fatherhood is the theme of The Dadly Virtues: Adventures from the Worst Job You’ll Ever Love, edited by Jonathan V. Last.

Seventeen meditations on fatherhood, the book covers just about every aspect of fatherhood, each written by a different author. These include dealing with that newborn, dad’s role in instilling a sense of adventure in your children, religion, sports, siblings, pets, school, telling your kids about the birds and the bees, dating, college, marriage and more.

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I’m not a particularly big fan of greeting card companies. They’ve conspired to create too many artificial holidays to push their product. I’m no big fan of left-wing film makers, either. But this four and a half minutes hits an obvious nerve with me. More

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A friend pointed me to Ryan T. Anderson’s talk about marriage as an answer to RJD’s Honest Curiosity about the Secular Objections to Same Sex Marriage. It’s fifty-five minutes and well worth the time of those honestly curious about what the secular arguments against SSM are. Ahem. Anderson states up-front that his presentation will exclude arguments from […]

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Since an essential public purpose of civil marriage in the United States has been to attach mothers and fathers to their children and to one another, and since this essential purpose is being overwritten and therefore discarded due to gender neutral marriage and parenting laws, I propose the following: To establish civil unions that are […]

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