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10 Battles for Your Family You Must Fight and Win | All Pro Dad

10 Battles for Your Family You Must Fight and Win | All Pro Dad.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this stuff lately.  This felt kind of timely, with the new year approaching…

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10 Common Mistakes Men Make in Life | All Pro Dad

10 Common Mistakes Men Make in Life | All Pro Dad.

I feel like a few of these mistakes delve too much into stereotypes, but most of them are pretty much true.

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4 Signs of an Unhealthy Marriage | All Pro Dad

For a long time, I looked to articles like this one for affirmation in my decision to divorce.  These days, I see articles like this, mentally check everything on the list and wonder to myself “how did my marriage even last as long as it did?”

4 Signs of an Unhealthy Marriage | All Pro Dad.

O Me! O Life! by Walt Whitman : The Poetry Foundation

One of my personal favorites…

 

O Me! O Life! by Walt Whitman : The Poetry Foundation.

Circle of Love

I saw this the other day and felt like sharing it. While I may not agree with one hundred percent of everything written herein – particularly the “only you can fuck it up” – it does a pretty good job of summing up most of my feelings on love and relationships, particularly from the male point of view…

10 Ways for Divorced Dads to Stay Connected to Their Kids | All Pro Dad

A decent read, and good advice for all the divorced; though it doesn’t say much about those of us who are out-of-state dads.

10 Ways for Divorced Dads to Stay Connected to Their Kids | All Pro Dad.

My 15 most influential movies

One of The Auteur’s Facebook friends challenged another friend to list their 15 most influential movies.  I’m posting about this on my alter-ego Facebook page, but I decided to take the opportunity to expand on said list.  Challenge accepted.  So here are my 15 most influential movies…

Fight Club – the great existentialist story of our time.  A real man’s-man’s movie.  This movie and book’s influence on me is evident by clicking here.

Star Wars – my first true movie-love.  Star Wars taught me how to dream.

Rocky (Any of them, or all of them) – The ultimate underdog story of our time.  Any, or all of the Rocky movies will suffice.

The Matrix (the first one only) – In addition to being the most influential sci-fi movie of the last 25 years, this movie reminds me that the only limits are one’s imagination.  There is no spoon, indeed…

Napoleon Dynamite – another underdog story.  A surprisingly powerful story about love, family, friendships and perseverance.

Dead Poet’s Society – The movie that really made me fall in love with English Literature and made me want to be a teacher.

Silver Linings Playbook – A story about a less-than-perfect guy trying to rebuild his life.  ‘Nuff said.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – Before the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, no other movie had done as good of a job of transporting me to another world since Star Wars.  “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

Swingers – another great guy movie.  This one taught me that sometimes you are are money, even if you don’t know it.

Singles – A movie that captured a great moment in time:  the Seattle musical movement of the early 1990s and a series of great inter-connected love stories.

Pulp Fiction – By far, the most influential American movie, of any genre, of the last 30 years.  Timeless and yet so relevant.

Finding Nemo – A modern day version of The Odyssey, and a great father-son story about a father who takes on an a nearly-impossible task of finding his son; and becomes a man along the way.   I don’t care what anyone says, Finding Nemo is Marlin’s story.  Period.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High – another movie that really capture a moment in time for me.  It follows the real calendar by which young Americans live…the academic school-year calendar.

Field of Dreams – A man who go to any lengths to answer his inner calling.  A true father and son story, and it revolves around baseball.

Superman: The Movie – Yes, I’m a Batman guy, but this is still, the stick by which all other superhero movies are measured.

There’s my 15.  Thoughts…?

Mitch Albom: When did fathers become expendable? | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Mitch Albom: When did fathers become expendable? | Detroit Free Press | freep.com.

The first time I ever heard of Mitch Albom, was when he was just a sportswriter for the Detroit Free Press.  Although I think  he has tried to branch out a bit much over couple decades, I absolutely loved Tuesdays with Morrie.  In fact, it’s the first novel that I taught as a student teacher.

I think he raises some great points in this piece.  The furthering of certain agendas – including but not limited to those of lesbian couples and single mothers  – has not only pushed their respective agendas, but also diminished the role of men and fathers in our society as well.  I don’t think it was through any malice; it’s just the way the cultural pendulum shifts after the status quo in one particular extreme for do many years.

A Dad’s Letter to His Son About the Only Good Reason to Get Married | Kelly M. Flanagan

A good one.  I originally planned to share this one a few weeks ago.

A Dad’s Letter to His Son About the Only Good Reason to Get Married | Kelly M. Flanagan.

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