When I first came into contact with Star Wars (2007) I was introduced to the prequels first. I read the books for Episodes I-III, along with several other accompanying novels and the Dark Horse “Clone Wars” comics (excellent, by the way).
My next foray was the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn. These books are very good and kicked off the whole Expanded Universe (EU) of Star Wars. The EU is now known as “Legends” post-Disney, even though there are some things, such as Thrawn, that carry over into Disney’s Star Wars canon.
Continue reading “The Need for Order”
As more and more kids just spend their days with their face glued to a screen, I try to come up with fun things for my kids to do outside. Sunday’s are a “device free” day where we all unplug and enjoy each other’s company. I try to find things to do that don’t cost too much, but are also rewarding. You’d be surprised how little it takes for the kids to have a great time they’ll remember forever
Continue reading “Planning a Cheap Summer Picnic”
This isn’t my typical article, just a view on life as I go through it. I promise no protein, eggs, coffee, or tae kwan do. As I figure out this thing called life, I feel that you reflect on things as you experience them. Wisdom, to me, is truly grasping a problem or concept that you have lived through, viewing it from all possible angles. All of you seem to be on a path to bettering yourself in some way. When you better yourself, you tend to go against the grain of most people. Most people seem to follow patterns and will take the easy way out. Furthermore, I’m finding that as you lead in life, its quite lonely at the top. Today I’ll go over just how I’m dealing with this, why I think its ultimately good, and how you can deal with not only being focused on your goal, but also enjoying the process too.
Continue reading “The Lone Leader”
With Way of the Warlord over, it frees up my Friday post. I like the open thread idea but I’ll be using this day for any number of articles. Book reviews, product reviews, insights on topics, really anything. Today we’ll open the floor to the topic of raising sons, as I have something from my life that I wanted to share.
Continue reading “A New Direction”
Each family has one man who seems to be the center figure of the group. Not just the father in the nuclear family, but a guy who is the figurehead of the extended family as well. At some point you may find yourself in that role, as I believe I have. Today I’ll explain what this role means, and how to be dependable without being taken advantage of.
Continue reading “When The Torch Passes”
This is my 100th post on AKC so I wanted to write something a bit different than I typically do. The title of this article is a piece of wisdom I learned from my father. He didn’t teach me too much growing up due to my parents being separated and him having his own interests in mind, but as a teen I worked for him doing masonry work. These years were the only time we really had time to be around each other and I learned a few things about life. Today, I’ll recall my favorite saying and mindset I learned from my dad and what it actually means to me.
Continue reading “Don’t Tell Me You Can’t, Tell Me You Don’t Want To”
Over the weekend my son got upset over a game he was playing. I decided that he had enough and shut it down. I could see tears welling up in his eyes. He’s 10 years old and I remember that at that age crying was not an option. I told him “stop crying, you’re too old for that.” in an assertive but not overly loud tone. He looked at me with that look that I think most boys give their fathers when they realize that I’m not going to coddle or comfort him. Its a look of respect, fear, and maybe even a slight bit of anger. The whole interaction got me thinking about how and when to show your children that you aren’t the one they come crying to for comfort over every little thing. Today, I’ll share my experiences and thoughts on the matter.
Continue reading “Tough Love”
Blizzard hitting the North Eastern US today has given me a day off. I’m home with the kids today, dropped the wife off at work. What are some things you guys do when it’s just dad and the kids? What fun activities? We’re going sledding later. Drop a comment!
In the comments here this week the topic of how to really bring change to this world is to have many children. In a day and age where many men cannot even commit to having a backbone, the though of children truly terrifies some of these soy boys. Having as many children as you can take care of is important if we’re going to pass on traditional virtues and teach the younger generation guys how to be real, masculine men.
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My son is turning 10 this year, but I can honestly say he seems much older than that. The kid is insightful, smart, tough, and I honestly enjoy talking with him. I’ve noticed that he is becoming less reliant on his mother and comes to me for answers to things. I realize that this is the beginning of me teaching him the correct way to be a man, and I’ll share what I’ve been thinking about teaching him about.
Continue reading “Setting Your Boy Up For Success”