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 […]

Netrunner3_ryan August 03

Small Things

Dear Adeline, Below are some of the small things in life that I love and why I love them. I can’t wait to share these with you some day. Swimming I love to swim because it’s quiet, almost rhythmic. When I swim, I slip into a different world. On the surface I swim to exercise, […]

illinois-domestic-violence-attorney July 31

Domestic Violence

Dear Malin Reese, 28 women died from domestic violence in Washington State in 2013. They were victims taken from this world by the worst kind of men. Men who used fists, guns and knives to feel strong, to feel powerful, to feel superior. These men were not strong, powerful or superior. Plain and simple, they […]

Slave Driver July 29

Slave Driver

Audrey Rae, Braxton, and Charlotte- Late July/early August is a crazy time for us. It begins with Vacation Bible School in July (though it was in June for the first time this year. Yay!). Your mom spends hours upon hours helping plan for it, and then spends hours a night for a week teaching for […]


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