Tip of the Iceberg

Visibility With mixed emotions, in the last week or so, our organization has gotten a lot of visibility as a result of the massacre in Texas. A dads group connected to  Be There Dad® responded quickly and the dads were present at a local school during car pool line for the three days following the…

Acting Like Grown-Ups

The Need for Reflection Joe Ehrmann, former NFL player, ordained minister and focus of the book Season of Life, has told us that as men we need to periodically take time to reflect on our lives, to see the bigger picture and to consider how we can impact our children; rather than staying busy and…

The Voice

I Still Hear It I am 67 years old. I have a good education and lots of life experience; yet, still whenever I sit down to write an article like this, whenever I speak in front of an audience, whenever I need to make a decision or try to solve a problem, I hear a…

Lessons from The Sandlot

  Social scientists tell us that allowing our children to go out and play among themselves helps them to develop some skills we hope they will use as adults such as ingenuity, conflict resolution and relationship building; as well as develop character traits like acceptance, loyalty and integrity.   On a recent evening I had…

If I Could Do One Thing

It was a typical Saturday morning. Knowing I had lots of chores to do, I neither showered nor shaved. I dressed in my “grubbies” – sporting a faded warm-up with a few well-earned holes – in anticipation of the dirt and sweat I would collect throughout the day. Part of my outfit was my beloved…

Knowing the Way

A Sense of Purpose Recently, I watched a PBS concert tribute to Harry Chapin, a wonderfully gifted  singer/songwriter and even greater humanitarian in the 1970s. In addition to having popular songs at the top of the charts, Harry received the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal * for his efforts to combat world hunger. Harry explained his…

Telling the Truth

Telling the Truth As a young boy, the thing I remember my parents emphasizing the most was to always tell the truth. We all heard the story about George Washington and the cherry tree along with tales of other persons of honorable character. The moral was always “tell the truth”.  I suppose, like many children,…

Defining Reality

Everyday each of us is confronted with decisions. Opportunities to move forward or not. Some decisions are large, some are small. Do my exercises or not? Practice my piano lesson or not? Salad or French fries with my burger? Wear a mask or not? Reach out to someone new or not? Love my neighbor? Push…

Treasures from Heaven

Throughout my life, my mother was one of my biggest fans and supporters. During the last decade, she has been the most spirited supporter of Be There Dad. She has distributed our books and told more people about our organization than most folks.  For all its years, she praised Be There Dad for our vision,…

Sharing the Light

A Ritual of Hope For years on Christmas Eve at my home church, a ritual of hope took place.  Near the end of the worship service, our Pastor stood at the Chancel with a single lighted candle. Two ushers came forward and lit their candles from his. As the congregation began singing the age-old lyrics…