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Stories from the journey of fatherhood & brotherhood
Why We Must Name change honesty humility naming Jan 31, 2021

He sighed weariness and said, “It is what it is” 

For 40 years my friend has raised cattle. He began humbly with two freshly weaned heifer calves. Over time he wisely and methodically expanded the operation. He acquired strategic pastures to rent, learned how to artificially inseminate his cows so genetic progress could be made faster, he even made the bold move to sell freezer beef directly to the consumer.

But things shifted in the past few years. Feeding cows twice a day...

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Right or Kind? conflict honesty kindness Jan 16, 2021

My eyes bulged with disbelief as the notary said, “I’m sorry, the mortgage company didn’t get the paperwork done in time. The closing is cancelled. They didn’t tell you about this?” 

I told him they most assuredly had not told me that. I apologized for bothering him and hung up the phone. My jugular pulsed disbelief and anger. 

Two months before that we began refinancing our home. A national mortgage company gave us a great rate and assured us we’d...

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Why We Shouldn't Bury Things brotherhood honesty music story Dec 06, 2019

We shouldn’t bury things. Here’s why...

Over the past year or so, I’ve shared parts of my story of writing and playing music. I wrote a lot of songs in my 20s, but then once “life happened,” playing my guitar and singing my songs got pushed aside. And after being pushed, they were forgotten. After forgotten, eventually hidden. And a part of me that lived passionately, freely and vulnerably was hidden with it. 

A few weekends ago, I found myself surprised by...

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