The dumb dad and children’s media in 2021

My kids are consumers of lots of shows, including Disney shows, and part of the problem is their portrayal of the dumb dad. It’s not always the dad. Sometimes the “dumb dad” is some other adult male in a position of relative responsibility. It permeates shows like Jessie, classics like Everybody Loves Raymond, and countless […]

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Loneliness as a man

I read an article recently and it addressed the concept of loneliness as a man. At least, one part of it did. Titled 5 Struggles Every Man Faces, it was published by the wonderful All Pro Dad website. It struck home. The simple fact is, and I say this without blame, accusation, etc., but most […]

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Being present in fatherhood

Just being present. This key phrase constituted a life lesson from an unlikely source: Modern Family. I think it is a funny show and my favorite subunit is Jay, Gloria and Manny. There are pieces of that particular unit I can relate to – namely being a little older than all the fathers of my […]

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A little sinister postal history with the BSA

Probably my favorite aspect of the broader stamp collecting world is postal history. Yes, I know some will argue it isn’t stamp collecting, but who cares. The history part of postal history can be fascinating. When I have a newspaper wrapper from the Civil War, I absolutely have to find out who the addressee is. […]

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Becoming a teacher: Why in the heck do I do this?

When addressing teachers the principal at my previous school would often say something like, “We became teachers because we loved high school.” Not me. I hated school. I thought it was a waste of time filled with power tripping teachers who were more interested in proving what they knew instead of developing what I knew. […]

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Kids and stamp collecting: A primer to increase involvement

The idea of kids and stamp collecting has been quite a topic on the stamp collecting boards and in the magazine for quite some time. Most collectors want kids involved. Just about everybody has an idea of how to pull it off. But here’s the deal. They’re wrong. Here’s how you merge kids and stamp […]

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Newspaper wrappers and who is this guy anyway?

Simply called newspaper wrappers, these philatelic items have always held my interest. The unknown periodical’s delivery took place during the Civil War, in Virginia. The address is simply Commandant, 53rd Regiment, Campbell. Inside is the inscription “for Capt. Zachariah Moorman.” Newspaper wrappers In stamp collecting, a newspaper wrapper is just a sheet of paper that […]

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Child support and the feds discrimination

My writing doesn’t usually take a governmental/political slant, but I wanted to discuss the idea of child support, particularly from the federal viewpoint. I’ve been bothered by something and am working on it, having had conversations with some U.S. Congressmen and Women about the issue. Child Support Like most states, Tennessee’s laws concerning how much […]

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