Early Summer 2012 -- My Dad

Dear Friends

My Dad was a trip. Even though he's been gone for years, no one who knew him can mention his name without chuckling and rolling their eyes. This was a man who felt compelled to inform his family every night at the dinner table what astronomical number the National Debt had reached that day. Needless to say, his two teenage daughters hung on his every word. His head spun around the day it reached $3,000,000,000,000. This was a man who predicted that in his kids' lifetime the oceans would be so polluted that we would have to think twice about the safety of eating seafood; that inflation would result in the cost of a loaf of bread being close to $5; and that we'd be buying and drinking water from bottles. Dad was pretty smart. And when Ronald Reagan ran for President, Dad cast an absentee ballot and then proceeded to have a heart attack and die - his vote being counted, even in death. Grief-stricken that we were, we knew he was laughing from the grave.

Some of you might remember my letter in the recent spring catalog, in which I described how my parents really wanted a son, but not having one, sort of raised me as a boy. I was the daughter who mowed the lawn, started the BBQ, and stayed up late with Dad to listen to baseball games on the radio. Dad had what we now know was a stroke a couple of years before he died and was never the same after that. That stroke took just about everything that made the husband, father, and friend he was out of him and left behind someone who was hard to recognize.

I'm writing this because Father's Day is coming up and I wish Dad were here, as his hot-headed, funny, smart self. He's my Dad story and we all have our own. And whether or not some of us are fathers of young children right now, or we are older kids honoring our own fathers, my wish is that each father's child has stories that make us proud, make us smile, and make us grateful for all the ways fathers care. Even if part of that includes being informed daily of the National Debt. (Which, by the way, is now up to $15,000,000,000,000, bless his heart.)

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From our archives -- Taking Time to Listen

Late Spring 2014 -- Seeing More Clearly

Spring 2014 -- Savor What Makes Your Heart Sing

Early Spring 2014 -- The Power of Quotes

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Holiday 2013 -- Taking the Time to Listen

Holiday 2013 -- Open our Hearts to the Good Around Us

Fall 2013 -- How to Cope in Tough Times

Late Summer 2013 - The Priceless Gift of Friendship

Midsummer 2013 -- My Luck is Pretty Good Luck

Early Summer 2013 -- Slow Down Enough to Smile

Late Spring 2013 -- Recognizing Gifts

Spring 2013 -- Doing the Best We Can

Early Spring 2013 -- Know Where You're Going

Holiday 2012 -- Our Power to Adapt

Fall 2012 -- Gratitude for What We Have

Early Fall 2012 -- See the Beauty in Front of Us

Late Summer 2012 -- Modify So It Works for You

Summer 2012 -- Finding Balance

Early Summer 2012 -- Go Ahead and Take that Risk!

Late Spring 2012 - Trusting Your Gut

Spring 2012 - Living Life to the Fullest

Early Spring 2012 - New Year, No Excuses

Winter 2011 - A Thoughtful Tip

Holiday 2011 - How Did I Get Here?

Fall 2011 - Giving Thanks for What We Already Have

Late Summer 2011 - Taking Ourselves Off Automatic

Midsummer 2011 - Friends Through Thick and Thin

Early Summer 2011 - The Power of Nice

Late Spring 2011 - The Gifts of Spring

Spring 2011 - Worst Case Scenario

Early Spring 2011 - Break Away From the Herd

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Holiday 2010 - The Art of Imperfection

Fall 2010 - When the Student is Ready...

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Midsummer 2010 - Hurry Up and Wait

Early Summer 2010 - Don't Just Stand There. Do Something!

Late Spring 2010 - Gifts From My Mother

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