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For My Dad: Songs of Fathers and Sons

Post Update, Father’s Day, June 21, 2015:
Remembering my Dad, and all the inspiring men who are fathers, striving to be good examples, good men, in times of struggle as well as joy. My father died two months after I wrote this post but I carry the many fine memories I have of him with me every day. On Father’s day I also like to revisit these songs of Fathers and Sons, Harry Chapin’s “Cats in the Cradle” and Cat Stevens “Father and Son”.

My wife and I just had an interesting discussion about these two songs and the meaning of their lyrics. She correctly pointed out that they are sad songs, and that they are about fathers who had little time for their kids. And it’s true, I had a much richer life experience with my dad, who did spend time with me when he could. But he also dealt with the inherent struggles of life, having to be gone a lot to keep groceries on the table and missing out on a lot of poignant moments with his kids. I am grateful I had him for my dad. These songs are not about him or what my specific childhood was like, but they are songs that resonated with me as a young man, and I think they hold up to the test of time as examples of great storytelling and songwriting.

For My Dad: Songs of Fathers and Sons by Trace ~ October 30, 2010
My life has always been full of soundtracks, songs that resonate in any given situation. As I was thinking of my dad and all the twists and turns this world has brought to our lives, two songs began to seep into my consciousness from my past. Both were favorites of mine as a young man feeling my way out of the nest my parents so carefully laid for me. Now they come back to speak to me again. I hope you will enjoy these musical tales of fathers and sons as much as I do.

Great live performance of Cat’s in the Cradle by Harry Chapin, with a quick insight to family life at the beginning:

Cat Stevens – Father and Son (Live):

My dad, John Ready and mom, June Ready in 2005

My dad, John Ready and mom, June Ready in 2005

I am thinking a lot about my dad today, John F. Ready. Big John, Big J, we’ve called him lots of names, most of them nice. My dad is a great man, who always tried to do the right thing. Now he’s in poor health and at 82 is facing the end of his years with us. I cry and laugh as I think of the times I have had with my dad. He’s a man of integrity, honest to the core. His sense of humor and bright outlook have carried him and our whole family through many ups and downs, and he remains today jolly, with a twinkle in his eye. He’s also a man of great spiritual depth and wisdom. I know that he is at peace with himself and with God, and that brings me great comfort. While none of our lives are perfect and we might regret some of our words or actions, I know my dad loves me and I love him. I am proud to be his son.

Trace Ready "The Social Freelancer"

Trace Ready “The Social Freelancer”

Trace Ready is a Director of Photography, Writer, Producer and Vocalist based in Dallas, Texas. His band Trace Relations has released their debut studio CD “Prosperity Street”
Connect with Trace: TraceProductions.com

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Tuesday Tips: Tell the World Something Important – Darren Rowse

Today’s Tuesday Tips is a short, sweet family story from Darren Rowse of Problogger that helped me take a step back and think about the value of the moment and what I’d like to accomplish as a writer, and as a human. Plus, I like listening to his Aussie accent! Good stuff here:

“Daddy, make sure you tell the world something important…” ~ Xavier Rowse
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“The times where I have actually told the world something important, rather than something that I think might be profitable, they’re the times when things begin to take off for me.” – Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse @ProBlogger

Darren Rowse @ProBlogger

Darren Rowse has created an online presence that challenges, informs and inspires me. If you are a writer, blogger or aspiring entrepreneur, I encourage you to visit his blog for insight often, here: ProBlogger.net

Catch Darren’s excellent videos – Subscribe: Darren Rowse on YouTube

Follow Darren Rowse on Twitter: @ProBlogger

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“Welcome Back, Pluto” Video: Understanding Parental Alienation

Welcome Back, Pluto!

Welcome Back, Pluto is an educational DVD written and produced to teach children and parents how to preserve good relationships in situations that threaten to undermine love and respect.
What’s it all about? Check out this promotional video for the DVD release:


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Psychologist Dr. Richard A. Warshak Discusses “Divorce Poison”

Divorce can be devastating to families, with ripple effects upon the lives of parents and children.

Children often suffer long term feelings of depression and anxiety when their parents split. The children feel torn between fighting parents and will often reject a parent outright and refuse to see them, or act rude or misbehave while they are with that parent. The phenomenon is called “Alienation”. Even when parents are really trying to get along after a divorce, they will sometimes revert to sending negative messages to the child about their other parent. Bad Mouthing, brain washing, whatever you like to call it, it is devastating to children.

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“Divorce Poison: How to Protect Your Family from Bad Mouthing and Brain Washing” by Dr. Richard A. Warshak, now in it’s 20th pressing, is a well written and informative resource for parents who are divorced or are going through a divorce. Psychologist Dr. Warshak is a world renowned expert on the subject of alienated children. In this video, Freelance Media Professional Tracy Ready interviews Dr. Warshak about “Divorce Poison”.
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