The Power Of The Yellow Card

Feb 28, 2012 by

Yellow is a color that, at times, gets a bad rap. Some will call it soothing or cheery. Those types like magazines with the words...

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Teaching A Son To Fish … Or Use A Laptop

Feb 22, 2012 by

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and  you feed him for a lifetime. (Chinese proverb) So Eldest Son...

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The SONS Check Out Miss America

Jan 17, 2012 by

The Miss America pageant was on television the other day. I realize that is not the greatest opening I’ve ever written, but...

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Saying Goodbye To Some Of The Men Of 47

Nov 18, 2011 by

A big day. Tonight, I will be saying goodbye to the eldest members of the Men of 47. Me and about 100 others. Emotions conflict....

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An Incentive Or A Bribe – You Decide

Oct 25, 2011 by

I realize there is a difference between an incentive and a bribe. Incentive has such a nice ring to it. It’s positive, uplifting...

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Have I Not Commanded You? Be Strong And Courageous

Sep 28, 2011 by

Eldest SON of Thunder wanted to go to school earlier than usual today. There was a rally he wanted to attend. It wasn’t one of...

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Repost: To The Youngest Son Of Thunder On His Day

Aug 17, 2011 by

A tradition around here at Just Flip the Dog is that I write each SON of Thunder a letter on certain days – like a birthday. And...

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A Father’s Day Letter … To Myself

Jun 19, 2011 by

Winters: Being Father’s Day, and the fact you have the three Sons of Thunder, I thought it appropriate to write you a letter....

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And In This Corner, Our First Teenager

May 17, 2011 by

I remember standing in the middle of a river waving a stick, what others call fly fishing. I had a very nice little Dolly Varden on...

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Hang On, I Need To Die First

May 10, 2011 by

As regular readers know, the Little Black Dress loves those “special days,” which really aren’t days. Her birthday...

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When The Pastor Tries To Be All “Hip” And Stuff

Apr 20, 2011 by

One of the major advantages of our public educational system is the development of a robust vocabulary. For example, one of the Sons...

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Learning Lessons From The Scene Of The Crime

Mar 21, 2011 by

Death is rude. Never a “may I,” “pardon me,” or “so sorry.” About the only nice thing one can say...

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The “No Thumbs” Rule

Feb 16, 2011 by

The thumb is a fascinating device. It’s something we don’t think about. It’s just hanging out there with its...

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An Open Letter To The Little Black Dress

Jan 28, 2011 by

It was, as I recall, about 7:05 p.m.  A friend was behind me, cracking jokes in my ear. Suddenly, very audible gasps and...

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The Middle Son Of Thunder Goes Double Digit

Dec 8, 2010 by

Ever wake up real early with a sudden fearful jolt that someone, who shouldn’t really be there, is in your room? Yeah. Most kids...

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A Son Of Thunder, A Writer, A Mask

Jun 4, 2010 by

Being awoken at 6 a.m. by a snarling, drooling and bellowing Rottweiler outside one’s door is never a good sign. Until...

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The Lost Files – A Father’s Advice For His 4-Year-Old

May 17, 2010 by

The Lost Files were weekly columns written back around 2001-2003 while I was running a newspaper in the Midwest. They seem to have...

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Blue Balls

May 4, 2010 by

Recently I’ve been on a “what if” kick. What if the electricity went out. What would the Sons of Thunder do? No...

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The Little Black Dress Can’t Smell

Jan 31, 2010 by

Please note I did not say the Little Black Dress smelled or has a smell; rather, she can’t smell. Seems she developed a cold...

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Define “Take Care Of My Sons”

Jan 13, 2010 by

Women view “cleanliness” differently than men.  They also see “take care of my sons” in a slightly different...

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The Calm Before The Artic Blast

Jan 9, 2010 by

Weather is playing havoc with school.  Christmas break is extended a day due to weather. The Sons of Thunder are finally sent packing...

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And Manna Falls

Jan 4, 2010 by

We awake to another three inches of snow.  Correction – we are awoken by one of the Sons of Thunder thundering into our room...

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Dig To China? And Why Not?

Dec 29, 2009 by

Snow hit our little area of the world, six inches or so. It started Christmas Eve, and even factoring our five-year stay in Alaska and...

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Knowing Your Fears

Dec 23, 2009 by

The middle Son of Thunder has a gift – he knows what scares him. This knowledge is laser-focused when it comes to movies. ...

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We Are Free!

Dec 19, 2009 by

That sound of wildebeests stampeding across African plains? Yes, the Sons of Thunder are home. “We’re free!” Ah,...

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