The Funniest Stuff I Saw on the Internet This Week – Papa Does Preach

If you spend any amount of time around my Facebook Page (and you should!!!), then you know I try and bring you the funny every day. But I can’t always share ALL the funny stuff I see, or I’d be posting every 2 min.

So, I decided to give my hand at this weekly-round-up thing I see some other pages do. But, I’m not just gonna share memes from Facebook. Nope, I’m going to share memes, status’, tweets….hell, I’ll even share a random picture if it gave me a good chuckle or two.

So here’s the funniest stuff I saw on the internet this week:
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That Time My Wife Got Cozy With Another Man on Our Honeymoon

The Wife and I are coming up on our 7th wedding anniversary. I was reminded (early) a by a little photo from Timehop today…oh, and the Wife posting it to Facebook. We’ll just call the photo, that time my wife got cozy with another man, on our honeymoon. Below is a blog I wrote (on another site) 6 years ago. Enjoy

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This is Where I Leave You: Gone, But Never Forgotten

My grandmother died. Probably not the best, or most subtle way to start a blog post, but I think I just needed to write it down, and then read it out loud, over and over. Maybe that way I’ll start to believe it, because it still doesn’t feel real.

I haven’t spent much time talking about my grandparents in my writing. Out of four possible relationships, only one during my childhood was meaningful; my maternal grandmother. So, I would like to talk about her now.
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Redefining Feminine One Story at a Time: Book Review of Feminine Collective Raw and Unfiltered

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If you’ve even spent a little time over on my Facebook page you know monster…er, baby #2, is arriving in July. As nervous as I was to become a father for the first time, it pales in comparison to the wave of WTF that came over me when we found out we were expecting a girl this time round.

It didn’t take long to realize with my son that I knew nothing about raising a boy (even being one), but I KNOW that I know zilch about raising a girl. Hell, I proved that the time I (jokingly) tried to write about the female anatomy.

But in all seriousness, I’m excited about becoming a father to a little girl; a future feminine warrior, because let’s be honest, that’s what she’ll most definitely grow up to be if the women in my life have anything to say about it. But I want to have something to say about it too.

I’m a fairly sensitive guy, and pretty proud of it. I may or may not still cry when I watch some of my favorite movies (Fox and the Hound), or whenever Sarah Mclachlan comes on TV to tell me I could be helping all the animals in the world. But see, that’s a myth I would like to dispel right off the bat; being emotional, or showing emotion, in no way makes me feminine, or girly, or any other label society wants to attach to emotions. Emotions make me human, and that’s it.

So, if we take the emotional component, and even more the physical component, out of words like feminine and masculine, how do I define it, let alone teach my little girl what it means to be feminine? Maybe I don’t.

Maybe instead I focus on teaching not only my little girl, but the son that is already here, that a good meaning for being feminine, is the support and uplifting of women as a whole.marlajulie

During my short time in this writing/blogging adventure I have met some wonderful writers, who’s talent is only outweighed by how nice and generous they are. One of those people is Julie Anderson from The Feminine Collective. I met Julie via social media when she reached out to me about one of my articles, and we struck a friendship ever since.

Julie (a former supermodel) and her fellow co-founder Marla Carlton (a former international model) both lived the exciting life of high fashion and world travel, but have since started a new journey in life; starting an amazing California-based nonprofit centered around raising awareness and educating the public about issues facing women and children, as well as assisting at risk women and children.

They do this by gathering some of the best writers our there (women and men), who through stories, articles and poetry, help give a voice to the women and children who have large been ignored by our society.

The creativity and heartfelt writings now have a new home as well. In January of this year Julie and Marla released The Feminine Collective: Raw & Unfiltered Vol 1. This book is described as, “a collection of essays and poems about relationships, authentic, honest and at times self-deprecating and humorous. First published on FeminineCollective.com from 2014 to 2015, the women (and a few men) bravely share their unfiltered realities in an exploration of the relationships women have with themselves, their loved ones, and with their daily pursuit of having it all.”

I was so honored when Julie sent me a copy for review. Once I opened the book, I could not put it down. Each story after the next was moving, inspiring, and many just straight-up hilarious.

I may struggle with with raising a daughter; raising a son as been no cake walk, but knowing there are those out there like Julie and Marla who are doing everything they can to not only foster creative writing by giving new authors a home to publish, and in turn redefining the word feminine through selfless actions, helps me know that at least there is hope out there as the next generation of young women are being born.

Don’t forget to check out the Feminine Collective on there website, as well as Facebook and Twitter.

 

Find Your Pace

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“It’s not about sprinting. It’s about finding your pace; giving it all you have 100% of the time. When you finish, you should be exhausted. If you have the energy to sprint at the end, you didn’t give it 100%, and that’s something you’ll have to live with.”

I remember the first time I heard the above quote, and every subsequent time I heard it after. It was a favorite of one of the NCOs (Non-Commissioned Officer) I served under during my time in the Army. The man was, and still is, the literal definition of physical perfection, and he never missed a chance to let the rest of us bad-body-privates (another one of his favorite things to say to us) know about it.
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Hey parents; joke’s on you!!

It’s said that you have to take life with a grain of salt; meaning you can’t take things too seriously. I would agree with that, right up until the moment you have a kid.

Having a laid back attitude is nonexistent when you have kids; instead it’s a constant life of worry and misery. Are they eating enough, are their social and verbal skills on par with everyone else, holy shit what did they just put in their mouth?!?
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