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  • don bosch 5:48 am on 01/30/2016 Permalink
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    Headline: Pentagon extends maternity and paternity leave for military families.

    military-father-and-babyDefense Sec. Ashton B. Carter announced a series of initiatives on Thursday designed to make the military a more family-friendly employer, extending maternity leave across the force and expanding access to child care and expensive reproductive technologies.

    “As we introduce today’s reforms, our calculation is quite simple,” Carter told reporters at the Pentagon. “We want our people to be able to balance two of the most solemn commitments they could ever make: a commitment to serve their country and a commitment to start and support a family.

    As part of the new measures, the Pentagon will now provide 12 continuous weeks of paid maternity leave for all uniformed service members. That will be a major jump for many service members, including those in the army, who now receive only 6 weeks of paid leave. It’s likely to be a disappointment to members of the Navy and Marine Corps who, under a change last year, receive 18 weeks of paid maternity leave. Carter said members of those services who are currently pregnant will be granted 18 rather than 12 weeks.

    “Twelve weeks is extremely generous … It puts us in the very top tiers of American employers,” Carter said. “But then, you have to balance that against the readiness costs associated with it.”

    Paternity leave will increase from 10 to 14 days.

    Because fathering is only 1/6th as important.

  • don bosch 10:17 am on 08/03/2015 Permalink
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    Balloon released at father’s grave makes its way home.

    Sandy and Saige left the cemetery and make the 25-mile trek back home. At her home, Saige went to the pasture where she often worked with her father and made a startling discovery. Tangled in a fence was the same letter she’d released earlier that day. “What are the chances? I think I started crying, It felt like a message from him,” Sandy Seibold said. Both Sandy and Saige have an idea of how the letter ended up back home. “This has given us a lot of peace and good feelings about where he’s at,” Sandy said.

  • don bosch 8:20 am on 05/07/2015 Permalink
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  • don bosch 8:20 am on 01/22/2015 Permalink
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    Legacy: Slain Surgeon Remembered as Fisherman, Guitarist, Loving Father

    “I don’t know where he found the time to do all that,” said Andrew Eisenhauer, the director of interventional cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “It’s rare that you find somebody who has all that but can still be a human being at the same time,” said Pinak Shah, a fellow cardiologist.

    Most of all, though, Davidson’s colleagues described him as a loving father of his 9- and 7-year-old daughters and a 2-year-old son. His wife, Dr. Terri Halperin, is seven months pregnant. Eisenhauer relayed a story about Davidson buying one of his daughters a drum set. She quickly burnt out on playing, though, and Davidson was left with a drum kit in his home. So, he learned how to play, his bandmates said.

    “He was a softie where his daughter was concerned,” Eisenhauer said. “If you could pick a father, you’d pick Mike.”

  • don bosch 2:06 pm on 01/21/2015 Permalink
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    An honest confession of parental hypocrisy.

    No sweat, Dad. We still get it right 99% of the time.

  • don bosch 8:14 am on 01/13/2015 Permalink
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    The “heartbroken” father of the widow of one of the Paris terrorists handed himself in after seeing her police mugshot on television and declaring “That is my daughter”, neighbours have said.

    He didn’t know who she was spending time with? I can’t imagine that with our daughters.

  • don bosch 8:13 am on 12/30/2014 Permalink
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    Reality TV for Lawyers: Maureen McDonnell’s daughter trashes her mother to help her father

  • don bosch 8:24 am on 11/24/2014 Permalink
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    Know justice, know peace: Father throws chair at judge over ‘absurdly low’ sentence for driver who killed daughter. 

    A devastated father threw a chair at a judge in outrage at the ‘lenient’ sentence the man who killed a two-year-old girl and her grandparents in a tragic road accident.

    A driver went off the road in The Netherlands, killing the girl and her 67 and 64-year-old grandparents instantly. A police report said the driver was going at 75mph in a 50mph zone. But when he appeared in court, the driver was only given 120 hours of community service, or 60 days in custody if he does not complete the work. In the video clip above you can see the disgusted father throw the chair and storm out of court in the city of Roermond, Limburg. The judge said that the convicted man should be given the sentences imposed in similar cases. That’s despite, according to local media reports, the driver never showing remorse and never apologising.

    I’m impressed by his restraint.


  • don bosch 7:51 pm on 11/19/2014 Permalink
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    As for me, being on the way, the Lord led me… —Genesis 24:27

    We should be so one with God that we don’t need to ask continually for guidance.

    Sanctification means that we are made the children of God. A child’s life is normally obedient, until he chooses disobedience. But as soon as he chooses to disobey, an inherent inner conflict is produced. On the spiritual level, inner conflict is the warning of the Spirit of God. When He warns us in this way, we must stop at once and be renewed in the spirit of our mind to discern God’s will (see Romans 12:2). If we are born again by the Spirit of God, our devotion to Him is hindered, or even stopped, by continually asking Him to guide us here and there. “…the Lord led me…” and on looking back we see the presence of an amazing design. If we are born of God we will see His guiding hand and give Him the credit.

    We can all see God in exceptional things, but it requires the growth of spiritual discipline to see God in every detail. Never believe that the so-called random events of life are anything less than God’s appointed order. Be ready to discover His divine designs anywhere and everywhere.

    Beware of being obsessed with consistency to your own convictions instead of being devoted to God. If you are a saint and say, “I will never do this or that,” in all probability this will be exactly what God will require of you. There was never a more inconsistent being on this earth than our Lord, but He was never inconsistent with His Father. The important consistency in a saint is not to a principle but to the divine life. It is the divine life that continually makes more and more discoveries about the divine mind. It is easier to be an excessive fanatic than it is to be consistently faithful, because God causes an amazing humbling of our religious conceit when we are faithful to Him.

    — Oswald Chambers, Discovering Divine Design

  • don bosch 9:59 am on 09/24/2014 Permalink
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    A Father Of 34 Gives Emotional Apology To The Son He Didn’t Raise. Video at the link.

    There are many ways the sins of parents become the sins of children. I can only pray that with this apology, and by God’s grace, the cycle for that family is finally broken.

  • don bosch 3:38 pm on 09/23/2014 Permalink
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    Bionic dad gives away the bride. Cool.

  • don bosch 10:00 am on 09/17/2014 Permalink
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    Always Daddy’s Girl.

    A little girl needs her father’s support in her unfolding sexual development because it helps secure three hugely important facets of how she’ll see herself in the world throughout her life. You’ll influence her level of personal confidence, her body comfort and pride, and you’ll set her expectations for the way she should be treated by boys and men.

    Also #4 – if you don’t, some other guy will.

  • don bosch 9:12 am on 09/16/2014 Permalink
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    The wave breaks
    And I’m carried into it.
    This is hell, I know,
    Yet my father laughs,
    Chest-deep, proving I’m wrong.
    We’re safely rooted,
    Rocked on his toes.

    Nothing irked him more
    Than asking, “What is there
    Beyond death?”
    His theory once was
    That love greets you,
    And the loveless
    Don’t know what to say.

    — Mark Jarman, Descriptions of Heaven and Hell, 1952

  • don bosch 11:37 am on 09/11/2014 Permalink
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    Father fights ‘crazed’ intruder in front of kids and wins. “I knew as bad as it looked, I was still in control. As long as I had his hands, he couldn’t get to my kids,” said Houck.

  • don bosch 4:29 pm on 09/10/2014 Permalink
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    Father, son spend time together … blowing up targets.

    Military service is nothing new for the Parsons Family. Gary Parsons started his career as an enlisted rifleman in the Marine Corps where he served for six years and then transitioned to the Army where he served as an Infantryman and later became an OH-58D pilot. Dalton Parsons enlisted in the reserves for six years in Smyrna, Tenn., and is currently attending Nashville State University.

    “I am very proud to see that my son become a Marine and a rifleman like myself, but I know it is his own path,” said Gary Parsons. “To see that he has learned those same intangible skills that change boys to men amazes me. Watching and listening to him successfully calling in Kiowa Warriors on targets and then to have my peers tell me how well he did, I am not sure what more a father could ask for.”

    Like most fathers, Gary Parsons wants to see his son as much as possible, but with both Parsons in the military, the time that they can spend together is brief. This exercise allowed the Parsons to spend time in a professional environment where they can serve together and bond as a father and son.

    My eyes are leaking.

  • don bosch 9:39 am on 09/10/2014 Permalink
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    Peter Gasca: 8 Things My Dad Taught Me About Entrepreneurship and Life. It’s a great list.

  • don bosch 11:20 am on 09/08/2014 Permalink
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    Don’t nigggerise me! A perspective on misandry.

    I don’t think that my mother ever saw my dad as a person; he was only ever a provider and a “handy man” to her and she would often scream at him to “do this” or “fix that.” She used him as a lever to assert her matriarchal dominance over the extended family, and even though I was too young to understand, I sensed that there was something wrong on an emotional level.

    I know that my father didn’t get much support from his side of the family, even though it would have been blatantly obvious to everyone how much my mother tormented him. Eventually he left my mother, and he was seen within my family as the one who broke the marriage rather than my mother, who always portrayed herself as having been wronged.

    At the time, I was told that he had gone off with another woman, and I was to believe that for another 20 years or so, although it was never true. He had actually left penniless, a broken wreck, and went into a mental institution with manic depression. Although he recovered somewhat, he never got off the pills. Later, he married a White woman and her colour was seen within my family as a particular affront to my mother.

    Looking back, and considering my own experiences of my mother in adulthood, I can now see how she must have made my father’s life a living hell. As a child, however, I was brainwashed into hating him without realising it. For example, my mother would relay her fantasies to me about how I would take revenge against my father on her behalf when I was older, including one scenario where I was to slap him across the face in front of an imaginary audience. If you ever try to tell anybody this kind of thing, they think you’re an immoral misfit because you just don’t say things like this about your mother. I carried on hating my father into my forties. To my great shame, my heart was so closed that I may never have known my father or ever got to see what kind of man he really was.

    Read the whole thing.

  • don bosch 8:55 am on 09/08/2014 Permalink
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    How to Dad: Father shields 3 year old daughter with his body as they fall over a cliff:

    A 34-year-old Bainbridge Island man was called a hero Sunday after he grabbed his 3-year-old daughter as she went over a cliff and the man apparently shielded her fall with his body as they hit a retaining wall on the beach 80 feet below.

    Bainbridge police and firefighters — and emergency responders from Poulsbo, Central Kitsap and Navy Region Northest — converged at the scene near the western end of Hidden Cove Road just after the accident about 2 p.m. Sunday.

    Authorities said the man saw the little girl was about to go over the side of the bluff, but grabbed her and went over the side with her.

    Related: Father fights off mountain lion after it attacks six-year-old son

  • don bosch 8:47 am on 09/08/2014 Permalink
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    A sweet note from a daughter.

  • don bosch 5:09 pm on 09/05/2014 Permalink
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    Men and the Midlife Job Search, by Julie Cantor

    The prospect of dating in your mid-40s after a divorce or breakup is about welcomed as a shower without any heat on January 3rd.

    You feel like you are out in the world, exposed. Those extra tires around the waist, the kids, the mortgage, graying of the temples, you wonder how you will find time to meet The Love-of-My Future. What will she think of me?

    I have spent a lot of time with some great men who have been ‘married’ to their work for years and years and now they are in a place where they have to put themselves out on the market again. I see it in their eyes. The jovial ‘I am King of the World’ skip in their step initially seems gone, the fear creeps in, they feel embarrassed or some shame around whatever got them to this moment in time.

    These great guys brush off their resumes and talk about themselves like they are someHoliday Inn Express instead of the Ritz Carltons they were a year or two ago (and still are) under their post-professional-breakup status. They are just bummed out to be on the job market again and begin to lick their wounds and boost their morale once they come to the realization they have to ‘date’ again. They have no choice but to move forward.

    Guys, you have many choices and here are five thoughts on seizing this unique moment in time: (More …)

  • don bosch 1:58 pm on 09/02/2014 Permalink
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    So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the Promise.

    What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world.

    But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to son-ship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”

    So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

    Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces?

    Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

    — from St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians, 3rd and 4th Chapters

  • don bosch 9:01 am on 09/02/2014 Permalink
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    Unexpected Dad: Life In 3-Hour Increments

    At the most recent doctor visit, our daughter weighed in at 6 lbs. 3 oz, so whatever stress or fatigue we feel as a result of the feeding schedule is worth it. Our daughter is gaining weight and growing, playing catch-up from her initial small size. There are nights where shifts go well, but she just refuses to calm down and go back to sleep; most nights all 3 of us get very little sleep. The thought now is that she has colic, that vague, nebulous diagnosis that apparently has no treatment and we must deal with for at least another month.

    So for now we live our lives in 3 hour increments, squeezing in sleep where we can, and looking forward to the time when baby will sleep through the night, or at least for 3 or 4 continuous hours.

    Good on ’em! When our first came along I quickly realized how little compassion I had for our pink screamer at 2 a.m. Went better when I took the late-evening shift (tuck-ins are fun for dads!!) and the 5 a.m. I-have-to-be-up-anyway-so-come-hang-out-with-me-kid shift. The Missus got a good night sleep on either end. 

    Every couple – and baby – benefit when they work as a team.

  • don bosch 10:11 am on 08/29/2014 Permalink
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    Patricia Dickson: Michael Brown’s parents responsible for his demise.

    It is clear by the video images showing Michael Brown grabbing a much older and smaller store clerk by the throat that the young man did not have respect for authority. The fact that there was some kind of confrontation with a police officer reveals that this young man had issues with authority. The first authority figure in a child’s life is the parent. If parents do not teach and demand that children respect them, there is a good chance that the child will not respect any other person in authority (e.g., teachers, police, and other adults).

    Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you, that you may live long on the earth…

  • don bosch 2:05 pm on 08/28/2014 Permalink
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    Art of Manliness: How and Why to Create a Family Mission Statement

  • don bosch 12:32 pm on 08/25/2014 Permalink
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    FatherVision: The Curse of Hating Children. “Let’s take all the statistics and case studies and arguments from the articles mentioned above and tell it like it is: Our culture hates children.”

    Pope John Paul II predicted this.

  • don bosch 11:10 am on 08/21/2014 Permalink
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    Honoring Dad on his Daughter’s wedding day. The bride’s brother planned a tribute dance for her to honor of their late father. Get the tissues….

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