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From “Kid-napped” to Called - Unclehood’s Unique Journey

Where would you be without yours?
Uncles, uncle-like characters, outliers...and their impact on lives, families, and society.

 

This week I’m attending the Dad2.0 Summit in La Jolla, California. Like many of the dads attending, I’m going to listen, learn, network, and share. The only thing is, I’m not a dad. I’m just an uncle.  

And while I’ve never been a dad and will likely never be a dad, dads have been important in my jou...

Richard Branson. Sorry, Sir Richard Branson.  Regardless of what you call him, he is without a doubt one of the world's pre-eminent entrepreneurs, philanthropists, humanitarians, adventurers, and visionaries. Record labels, airlines, space planes, kite surfing,…record-breaking balloon trips...the gu...

I’m outside with my teenage nephew. It’s cross country season in the Pacific Northwest – cold, drizzling and dreary. He has just finished practice and his mood matches the weather. He’s explaining to me how badly he “sucks.” He wants encouragement, support, or even advice. He’d like a magic bullet f...

A crackpot to his peers, a magician to his nephews and nieces. 

“All things in this world must be seen with youthful, hopeful eyes.” Henry David Thoreau

If there ever was an outlier, an uncle-like figure who stands astride American history, it’s the non-conformist, truth and justice seeking Henry Davi...

My five-year-old niece is squishing my face between two tiny hands. Laughing, she presses the skin forward until my face puckers. “The day I met you my world started to rock!” she exclaims. This moment stands out, but there have been many such moments where I realized, like it or not…this child, the...

While living through Donald Trump’s first week and a half as president, I overheard an observation from New York Times journalist Glenn Thrush on CNN: “People are trying to figure out various modalities of how to deal with this guy…I think a lot of people are going to be dealing with him like he’s a...

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