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Here’s some things I wish my dad had taught me better (or hammered into my head harder, because God knows he tried) and some things I wish I had taught my son better. I shall try to pass them along to my grandsons.

“Advice to my nephew on becoming a man”
By W. Thomas Smith, Jr. at townhall.com.

http://townhall.com/Columnists/WThomasSmithJr/2007/06/11/advice_to_my_nephew_on_becoming_a_man

Read the whole thing, but here’s three of the 25 points that jumped out at me.

10. Don’t despair over things you cannot control, and never give up. If you suffer a career, financial, or personal setback, put it behind you and move forward. If the setback is reparable, fix it. If it is not, learn from it and move forward. As Winston Churchill said, “Never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

11. Be slow to anger, even slower to physical violence. In fact, avoid violence at nearly all costs; the exception being in defense of yourself or others when danger is at the door.

12. If you do find yourself in a position of having to defend yourself or others from the wolf at the door, don’t scrap with the wolf. Don’t toy with it: Destroy it.
 

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Sole Survivor

Here’s a gripping story from the Washington Post of the heroic survival of a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan. Well worth the read and brings up the question: Where’s the rest of the heroic stories about our men and women fighting and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan? Nobody’s writing them. Well, almost nobody. There is Michael Yon. http://www.michaelyon-online.com/

The Sole Survivor
A Navy Seal, Injured and Alone, Was Saved By Afghans' Embrace and Comrades' Valor

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/10/AR2007061001492.html?referrer=email
 

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"Where’s the rest of the heroic stories about our men and women fighting and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan?"
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Deliberately buried so the war does not catch the positive imagination of the public.
 
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