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Thursday, May 18, 2006


Fisherman's Blues

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This fisherman perched himself on a sharp little rock in Lake Coeur d'Alene for about twenty minutes, but didn't catch anything.

My son watched him and said, "Let's go fishing!" I told him to add it to his list of Things He Wants To Do This Summer. So far he's thought of: playing in the park; watching movies; reading Hardy Boys books; swimming in the lake; and riding rollercoasters. I'm encouraging him to think of some personal projects he can work on over the summer.

Before we do any fishing, I'll have to give myself a refresher course. It's been about thirty years since I baited a hook.

What will you be doing with your kids this summer?


Anonymous Jared said...

We took my then two-year-old son fishing last summer, and it was a blast. And I knew nothing about fishing.

My father-in-law bought a license, and is planning on taking my son fishing more often this summer.

Use crickets, not worms!

6:24 AM  
Anonymous Hogan Hilling said...

I didn't know how else to contact you. So I'm doing it via this blog.

My name is Hogan Hilling, husband to wife, Tina, and father to three boys, Grant (18), Wesley (16) and Matthew (12). And 15 year at-home dad veteran.

I’m co-writing a book with a mom, Jesse Rutherford. The tentative title is “What Dads Want Moms To Know.”

Jesse and I have already received some great input from many fathers and are looking for other fathers who would like to contribute their experiences and/or opinions on fatherhood. And more importantly share comments on what they would like moms to know. My email address is - Subject: Proud Dads.

Here is your chance to voice your opinions and thoughts. Anonymously if you like.

Feel free to forward this message to other fathers in your social circle.

We have several publishers reviewing our proposal. One has already made us an offer. We hope to have this book available in the bookstores by summer of 2007.

I posted a brief bio at the end of this post.


Hogan Hilling

Hogan Hilling, is a 1995 California Courage to Care Award recipient; author of The Man Who Would Be Dad, Capital Books, 2002 and Motivational Speaker.

For 15 years Hilling has served as an instructor for expectant father classes at various hospitals in southern California; as a facilitator of open discussion groups with fathers; and conducted workshops for mothers on fathering issues throughout the United States.

Hilling has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC’s The Other Half and Unsung Heroes, and in an ABC “Fathers and Sons” Documentary. His writing has been featured in newspapers such as the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Portland Oregonian, and Christian Science Monitor. Hilling has also worked as a guest columnist on fathering issues for the Orange County Register.

Hilling has also been a featured speaker at the Lamaze International Conference,
Northwest Area Childbirth Educators Forum, Conferences for Parents of Children With Special Needs and other Parenting Events.

7:36 AM  
Blogger SkylarKD said...

I used to love going fishing with my Dad when I was a little girl. Can't wait until he can teach my kids! :)

2:11 PM  
Anonymous nikkirae said...

We homeschool and our kids had more of a winter break so we'll be doing school during summer. Other than that I plan to read aloud to them, play Halo and City of Heroes with them, take some time to play lots of board/card games with them, goofing off at my parent's farm, visiting the lake to picnic/walk/swim and perhaps do a little fishing *smile*

I'm more of an indoorsy person myself and my husband has a disability. So our activities outside the home are limited.


9:17 AM  
Anonymous brettdl said...

Visiting the ocean and camping are high on the list.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

My kids all have kids of their own now; but when they were young we spent the summers, camping, fishing, hiking, little league games, picnics, bike rides, horseback rides.......if I could turn the clock back......sigh....

7:48 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Lots and lots of water play. In fact, every summer we give our preschool class buckets of water and big paint brushes to let them paint the side of our brick child development center. We do this for 2 reasons, 1) the kids have fun and are occupied and 2) the teacher's don't have to clean the outside of the building because the children have done it for us.

Have a great summer!

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Jacob Cord said...

"Fisherman's Blues"? Is that a reference to The Waterboys? I have been a long-time listener of their music, and love Irish music in general. The title made me think that it's been a while since I've listened to them.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

Jacob, you're right... I usually look to my CD collection for blog post title inspiration.

I'm a big fan of Irish music too... The Pogues, Pierce Turner, U2, Pugwash, Luka Bloom... so many more.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous mejaka (jmauldinheiner at verizon dot net) said...

Camping. Geocaching (something new to help keep the 17-YO engaged). Paddling/sailing our little boats (btw, there's a kayaking club in town where you might be able to get some ideas about tandem kayaks: ). Going to a big small-town 4th of July party in Melba, Idaho. Playing with the dogs. Daily trips to the beach (Hayden and C d'A). Maybe paddle camping at some point. I LOVE it when they're all home for the summer!

8:21 AM  

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