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Writer. Veteran. Dad. Creighton Leadership grad student.

Finding your identity in writing can be done in these ways

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A major struggle for writers is how their writing can improve. We love to evoke our favorite writers. We like quoting them and striving to capture our thoughts and imaginings as they have before. It’s daunting though for a…

How parents can help their children through grief and trauma

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What divorce does to a child is tear their entire world apart. Children of divorce struggle to transition from their version of normal to a wide-open plane filled with uncertainty. …

A Practical Guide to Being an Empathetic, Kind & Nurturing Parent

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Recently, I posted about the death of expectations, as it concerns parenting. I discussed how when my daughter was born, my wife and I had diverse expectations, but my daughter managed to dash even my more modest ones. My…

An Air Force Veteran’s Perspective on Military Life and Culture

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Recently, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (CMSAF) JoAnne Bass posted a selfie on her official Instagram account. The picture displayed her plus several other airmen aboard an aircraft. Chief Bass held a “shaka” sign and smiled alongside her…

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The US Military Health System Falls Short in Treating Its Members

Many years ago, I was an E-5 in the Air Force (or Staff Sergeant) and I found myself in charge of about 40 people, give or take. My squadron had over 200 people in it, and we were a…

Dads Can Feel Valued by Doing Their Jobs for Goodness’ Sake

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I’m going to do something that doesn’t happen often in parenting articles: I’m going to cut the dads some slack. I’m talking about the ones who participate in or validate the work that gets done around them constantly. The…

Life Aboard a US Air Force Reconnaissance Aircraft — A Veteran’s Perspective

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Earlier this September, I discussed different points of my experiences as an Afghanistan War veteran. You can find my ruminations about the war’s conclusion, or an analysis about veterans and grief. …

A Parent Struggles to Teach Their Child About Family Schisms

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“Why don’t you talk to your mom and dad?”

That question haunts me. My daughter has asked me this several times and I’ve struggled to answer it on every occasion.

“We just don’t get along.” …

Whether on the Road or at Home, These Items Will Make Traveling Easier

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“It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this!” — Old Man to Link

We parents take a lot of trips and most of them are for…

New Parents Often Experience a Disheartening Death of Expectations

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My wife was the ideal pregnant mother-to-be — if you take your cues from parenting blogs. She prepared for birth as though we were going to live atop Mt. Denali for a year. My wife insisted on cloth diapers. She joined…

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