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An Ordinary Bloke Living With Purpose

Five days after burying his dad, Chris shares the impact an ordinary bloke can have living with purpose. Are the men who live great lives, who have great impact, supermen, larger than life, different to you and me? Or are they just ordinary people, just like you and me who have discovered something … … who somewhere along the line made small, right choices again and again, and together across time ...

By |2021-07-26T13:34:25+10:00July 28th, 2021|Dads, PODCASTS|0 Comments
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Fathers — Fun to Be With

It’s always fascinating reading about what other people have accomplished in life. Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, was the richest man in America when he died in 1992 at the age of 74. He started Walmart in 1962, so in forty years he had revolutionised retailing in America, received the Medal of Freedom and built the foundation of the soon-to-be-named biggest company in the world. Whatever you think of Walmart ...

By |2021-07-17T14:07:26+10:00July 17th, 2021|Dads, FAMILIES, GOOD BOOKS & VIDEOS|0 Comments
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Have You Got Your Marbles?

Most people love stories. I am a sucker for a good story. “Have you got your marbles?” is an old but good story with a powerful punchline. Let me know what you think! Check it out and post a comment below at the Daily Dad. I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes. I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily appraising ...

By |2021-07-01T15:49:48+10:00May 29th, 2021|Children|0 Comments

Dad with a Plan: the Answer to Apathy

We may have found a cure for most evils; but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all, the apathy of human beings. The above quote is from Helen Keller, which makes it all the more pertinent. Helen Keller was both deaf and blind, but somehow broke through her massive impediments in communication. Helen Keller was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts ...

By |2021-05-05T04:03:33+10:00March 14th, 2021|Dads|2 Comments

Encouragement — The Gift Money Can’t Buy

Ian ‘Watto’ Watson said, “I have never seen a bloke go backwards with encouragement.” Ian Watson spoke at the very first Men’s Leadership Summit at Paluma Range, north of Townsville, in 2013. Sadly, Ian passed away in 2019. The good news is that he left a massive legacy of encouragement for men the world over.   Rhonda McKenzie, Ian Watson’s niece, said this about him at his memorial service in a ...

By |2021-05-14T12:33:20+10:00January 31st, 2021|FAITH, FAMILIES, GOOD BOOKS & VIDEOS, LOVE & MARRIAGE, MANHOOD|1 Comment

Daddy-Daughter Duet

Father-daughter duo Mat and Savanna Shaw performed a version of The Prayer on their YouTube channel two months ago, and they could never have imagined what happened next. The musical family went totally viral, earning almost 6 million views on their video. They were both stuck at home because of the coronavirus, and they decided to use their talents to encourage people in the midst of the crisis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqFCbtRz1Z0   My ...

By |2021-05-21T19:16:48+10:00May 10th, 2020|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, GOOD BOOKS & VIDEOS, VIDEOS|0 Comments

Tipping Point

I have always felt that our society is at a tipping point when it comes to the restoration of fatherhood in our society. Part of that is my innate tendency to optimism. For me the glass is always half full. I can remember sharing as the conference organiser in the Main Committee Room of Parliament House at the very first National Strategic Conference on Fatherhood in 2003, saying very much in ...

By |2019-12-08T00:30:00+10:00December 8th, 2019|Dads, FAMILIES|0 Comments

Man in the Mirror

Some time ago Jeff Stacey, from my men’s group, gave me a copy of Wayne Bennett’s autobiography, Man in the Mirror. I was overjoyed. I have long been an admirer of Wayne Bennett, widely regarded as Australia’s greatest Rugby League Coach of all time. The Bronco’s football team which he coached for 21 years straight won six premierships. Wayne Bennett then coached the St George-Illawarra Dragons to their first victory in ...

By |2021-05-14T12:33:58+10:00May 20th, 2019|GOOD BOOKS & VIDEOS, MANHOOD|0 Comments

A Man Called Mick

Counting Crows had a hit in 2002 with Joni Mitchell’s famous song Big Yellow Taxi. Good songs never get old. The line that stands out in the song for me is “all and all it seems to go, but you don’t know what you got till it’s gone”. Such was the case of a good friend of mine, Mick Robbins. We had only met a half a dozen times, but he ...

By |2021-05-14T13:18:57+10:00April 7th, 2019|Children, Dads, FAITH, FAMILIES, LOVE & MARRIAGE, MANHOOD|2 Comments

Get Large

Some time ago a friend invited me to meet the Founder & President of ‘Champions of Honour’, a significant men’s network from the USA. I quickly rearranged my schedule and headed over to Gloria Jean’s Coffee Shop to catch up with Chuck Brewster (Chuck being a shortened term for Charles in American terminology). I must confess that I have a tendency to scepticism for many things that come from America.  My ...

By |2019-02-16T05:24:49+10:00February 16th, 2019|Dads, FAMILIES, MANHOOD|0 Comments
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