IMG_1892 August 31

Dear River

Dear River, Three days ago, the number of people in this world that I would die for increased by one. I love you River. I want you to let that marinate. I have loved you from the very beginning. This is significant because you haven’t done anything yet, you can’t do anything. On paper, it would seem […]

Oddball_small August 28

Oddballs All Around You

Dear Malin Reese, Standing in line at a coffee shop can be a fascinating experience. For instance, yesterday I stood behind a red head with dreadlocks. I’ve never understood dreadlocks on white people. It seems like an insult to Rastafarian’s. Anyways, the fact that he smelled like ripe mold didn’t distract me from the dying […]


Sons- I want to tell you a short story about something we did tonight before I explain why we did it. Your mother and I took two expired coupons to Carl’s Jr. Not only were they nine days past their expiration date, they had the stipulation that only one could be used per visit. She […]

hear-no-evil-speak-no-evil-see-no-evil August 21

The Things I Don’t Tell You

Sons, There are times that I don’t feel like writing you a letter. These are usually the times when I don’t like who I am, or where my head’s at. My goal with these letters is sometimes to teach, other times to inspire. Sometimes I just want to entertain or make you chuckle, but I […]

IMG_0174.JPG August 19

Manhood In Real Life

Dear Wesley, My home town of Scottsdale, AZ is a lot of things: hot, well-manicured, riddled with suburban sprawl, and home to a bazillion golf courses. The carefully cultivated expanses of fairways and greens lined the washes and edged up against the skate parks I often found myself in. At some point, I began to […]

fancynancy August 17

A Dog in the Suitcase

Dear Adeline, Fancy Nancy. It’s in that book. On the third page a shaggy dog sits inside of a brown suitcase. Every time we turn to this page, you point and laugh. You laugh hard. You look at me and exclaim, “so funny daddy!” You understand that a suitcase is intended for clothes, not dogs, and […]

ray-lamontagne11 August 14


Dear Malin Reese, I went to see Ray Lamontagne in concert last night. Your Mom came along because she’s a good wife and bought me the tickets for Father’s Day. As a rule, our musical tastes do not align. She’s a Top 40 Pop/Pop Country/90’s R&B kind of girl. I’m an Indie Rock/Folk Rock/Classic Rock […]

Jacqui and Charlotte August 12

The Introduction of Charlotte Quinn

Charlotte- Young lady, you are grounded for life. Your sister and brother give us the occasional scare. Hiding behind something while we’re in a store. Jumping from a high place. Your sister saying she doesn’t like Batman. But those things are trivial compared to the stunt you pulled. About two months ago, your ultrasound showed […]

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There Are Things I Don’t Have To Teach You Because You’re American White Boys

Sons, We live in a racially confused society. We think that celebrating diversity is more about pointing out differences than recognizing humanity despite those differences. We think that progress is a solution rather than the beginning of an uphill climb. We think that political correctness inoculates us from our own predispositions to prejudice. We think […]

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Life Is A Running Contradiction

Dear Eleanor and Wesley, Life is a running contradiction.  Hurry up and wait.  We’ll get there fast so we can take it slow. There’s no better comfort than an old friend. There’s no greater thrill than a new romance.   Spend more to save more.  Credit equals debt.  Buy now, pay later.  Loan now, learn […]


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