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Fathers’ Day Forever Changed

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

For the past quarter century, waking up on the third Sunday in June has been a reminder of my status as a father.  From the moment my daughter was born, I knew she would change my life in every conceivable way. Along the way, these twenty-five Fathers’ Days, there have been moments of joy and celebration, times of consternation, and occasional periods of relative calm, but for the first time in quite a while, my darling daughter has succeeded in taking my breath away. Fishing outings, horseback riding, Halloween in a little tiger suit at three-years-old, and any number of other occasions are some of the decorations in my mind on Fathers’ Day.  This year, I think we’ve attained a new pinnacle.

Friday, in the hottest part of the Texas afternoon, she delivered a beautiful baby girl, my granddaughter.  Now residing on the timeless rolls of grandfathers, with the prospects good that the day will climax with a discharge from the hospital for glowing mother and radiant child. Having shared the news with my own father, our family’s living members now span four generations again for the first time in a decade.  One thing that has changed for me, probably for all times, is the realization that some part of me will go on, long after I’m gone, and that at least one more chance exists for me to help shape the future.  Children are and have ever been the real stars of Fathers’ Day, and it is on Fathers’ Day that we who are blessed with children, now grown and building families of their own, hope longingly for their frequent return.

Happy Fathers’ Day to all, and Grandfathers too. And congratulations to new fathers, especially!

Editor’s Note: It’s been a rough Spring here, with a heavy workload and unrelenting problems of varying sorts, but today, I might just take part of the day off after all.  Mother, daughter, and father are tired but doing well. 

 

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Personal Note

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Friends, readers, subscribers, ladies and gentlemen, I thank you for visiting.  It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and I’ve not updated the site because I’ve been at a loss for words.  As usual, my professional life is hectic, and the farm demands a good deal of my remaining attention in this part of the year, so with some problems that have arisen, I’ve been thoroughly preoccupied.  I had the occasion to take a few days off after an out-of-town conference, and I started that time off feeling pretty poorly.  The time off gave me a little time to reflect on a number of issues confronting me personally, and to begin the task of deciding what is next. It also gave me a few days to consider my perspective on a number of the issues confronting the country, and how we conservatives can help to put things right.  There’s no mistaking the fact that a good deal of the country’s troubles are cultural, inasmuch as it is quickly moving from one of work and achievement to one of sloth and indifference.  It’s becoming quite a crisis, but I think it’s worth noting that there are bright spots.  A few days off in a distant city, relaxing and thinking through my issues and our national troubles has done my frame of mind some good.

I mostly wanted to thank all of those who have written me during this extended absence to inquire as to my condition and state.  I thank you for your concern, and I apologize for not reading through my email daily.  Simply put, I have been exhausted, dealing with some health issues so that I needed to simply step away from it all for a little while.  When one finds one is under the gun, it’s often best to start paring back in the areas one can live without.  I think we all need that from time to time.  My hectic professional schedule has now resumed, and the punishment for a few days off has already overfilled my inbox, and while some things arose which would not wait, I’ve managed to get my mind in something akin to the correct frame of mind for what lies ahead.  There may be a day in the not-so-distant future when this site goes away entirely, but it’s not today.  Thank you for your extended and generous patience, and thank you for the notes of concern.  When I’ve had the time and energy to read them, they’ve been quite a bit of help to my frame of mind.  I can’t promise I will be resuming the full schedule of blogging you once came to know here, but I’m not going away just yet either.  I may even write some non-political or mildly political things. One never knows…

To all my readers, Thank You!

Mark

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Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

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