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Table o Conten f ts


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contents

1 5

The Last Harvest

8

RI GH

Introduction Truth and the Santa Claus Moment corey harbaugh

CO PY

randi perkins

The Dad s We Were Given

11

Forgiving My Dad

14

Appreciating the Moment

17

kathy wells mcmenamin bryan mcguire jay hasheider

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Whistling in the Light

20

Lingering at the Doors

23

A Love Beyond Boundaries

26

Hunting Pennies

29

A Mark in History

32

Trimming

36

A Father Is Born from Many Strangers

39

The Cards Will Hear You

43

Finding a Different Way

46

Life Is Wonderfully Ridiculous

49

Never Give Up

52

The Choice to Do It Over Again

55

The Wonders of the Future

58

t. a. barron

john warley

brian schoeni james pfrehm rosita choy

amy rowland michele weldon eric larson bob may

claude knobler m. c. hackett

daniel flanagan

scott shackelford viii

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The Best Legacy I Can Leave

61

To Be the Best Humans We Can Be

64

Work Is a Blessing

67

Hands at Rest

70

The Myths of Manhood

74

Love with No Limits

77

An Ordinary Adventure

80

My Earthly Father

83

The Give-and-Take of Grief

86

The Lawn Is Life

89

The Bricks in the Wall Around My Heart

92

The First Breath

95

doug andrews tim wilson

lieutenant general russel honorĂŠ john r. corrigan andrew riutta scott zucker

david lintvedt margo frazier

michael newland greg vessar

judd pillot

kaz sussman

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Finding My Father in a Small World kate debiec

98

I Am Capable of More Than I Think I Am

101

Teacher

104

Five Dollars of Forgiveness

107

Nothing New Under the Sun

110

Respect Yourself

113

Gardens and Their Power to Heal

116

Embarrassing My Kids

119

A Father’s Lectures

122

Where the Soul of Man Never Dies

125

Forgive the Rest

129

His Difference Is His Strength

132

gregg rogers nick capo

daniel plasman

lawrence newton david westwood

alison van diggelen roger mummert seth chalmer

tim barnes

julie feeney james buchanan

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The Power of Fishing

135

The G reatest Thing

138

Big Thinking

141

Transforming Fatherhood

144

Keep the Tempo Steady

147

A Lesson from My Dad

150

Living and Loving Life

153

The Best Education in the World

156

What I t Takes

159

With Brown Shoes to Match

162

Forever in Love

165

My Father, Christ

168

johnnie barmore scott koonce

elizabeth shen adam kallish

claudette sikora gregory michael arndt keith wagner jeff sloan

shelby crowley brian m. wise greg wees whitney alt

Making Choices That Make Me Smile 171 christopher swiecki xi

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The Measure of a Man

174

Little Acts of Goodness

177

Leaving Work to Gaze at Sunsets

180

A Stack of Rocks

183

When Angels Miss

186

Appendix: How to Write Your Own This I Believe Essay Acknowledgments

189 191

susan cramer

howard miller

laurie granieri ron woolley d. john dyben

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