Posts Tagged "fatherless"

Taxi Driver

I left the theatre wandering around the neighborhood nearby. I was transfixed on the characters from the movie. I was also in love. Not with a cute young girl from my high school class but the young girl in the movie. I was 17...

Riots, Politics and the Young Man

Men of Honor, Honor all men, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the King. 1 Peter 2:17 I love that scripture. It brings up something inside me, a young warrior spirit, a sense of honor, a desire to do good. I have always felt...

Two NFL Players and an Elm

The woods across the street beckoned a call to the boys on the block. They gathered at our house and mounted up for their adventures into the deep woods. The gathering spot was the tallest tree. It is an unusually tall elm and for...

White Bread and Eggs for Jesus

  I had found my dad after he had abandoned our family and mom moved away. I lived with him just long enough for him to sign the papers that allowed me to get a driver’s licenses at 15. A hardship licenses. Seemed right...

Hurricanes and Tonka Trucks – How Men are Made

  The large wrapped boxes were immaculate, and fully taped to carefully conceal the presents. Our hopes as boys were for things we longed for, powerful things, things of adventure and masculinity. When we opened the presents and saw the wooden butt of a...

Long Hard Ride, Mount Up

Men of KOZ, Here we go. The last year has been a whirlwind of good, bad, ups and downs at our home. Loss of loved family members and pets, close family time and incredible moments of joy and laughter. Life on life’s terms living...

Virginia Coalminers and the Battle for the Heart

The streets are dark at 8:30 on this cool November night. The asphalt highway is just two-lanes and it seems narrow winding through the Appalachian Mountains on either side. There is a sense of peace to this area for me. I have come to...

Battlefield Dad

As I rolled through the suggested watching options on my Netflix, “Best Picks For TJ,” I was open to see what the software had figured out about me. It was a pretty good list: action, comedies, epic adventures all in the four or five...

Manners and Pride

I was sitting in my truck waiting for the Mrs. to come out of the grocery store. We were making a quick provisions stop for milk, eggs and Blue Bell. Staples. I had pulled up front and dropped her off then swung way out...

Raising a Boy on a Boat

There are certain things that are passed down from parent to child, grandparent to grandchild. A child does not even have to be around the parent to pick up the inherent elements of the family’s DNA. There are scientific facts that prove that say...
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