Mitch Albom: When did fathers become expendable?

A third of American kids now live without their biological fathers. Nearly every statistic on kids turn sour when fathers disappear.

  • Youth suicides, five times higher than average.
  • High school dropouts, nine times higher.
  • Behavioral disorders, 20 times higher.
  • Runaways and homeless children, 32 times higher.

What does a father bring to the table?

  • Strength
  • Quiet confidence
  • Discipline
  • Responsibility
  • Love

— all displayed differently than my mother, which was fine. My father also taught us how to be a husband, how to respect a woman, when to lead and when to support.

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#1 Hottest Fathers’ Day Gift Idea for 2012!

I’m sure many people tuned into this post to find out about the hot new gadget to get dad for Fathers’ Day.   Sorry, but there’s no update on the newest in computerized grill accessories or digitized golf toys.  Instead, I wanted to share an idea for the ultimate gift – the one that more than pays for itself.  Unfortunately, there’s a major string attached to this gift – Dad doesn’t actually receive it until many years down the road.  In fact, with this gift, Dad needs to do most of the heavy lifting!  I know this isn’t sounding much like the traditional gift, but trust me – it’s the best gift ever given and ever received.

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4th Annual Fathers Fest

Join us for the 4th annual Fathers Fest  Saturday June 19th, 2010 (the day before Fathers day).  A special way for everyone – kids, teens and adults – to celebrate fathers (and father figures) in their lives. You do not need to be a parent or bring a child to attend – come as you are end enjoy the energy of this festival.

  • Honoring ceremony for dads & celebrate being men
  • Spend quality time with family & friends
  • Build community
  • Have some FUN: volley ball, horseshoes, frisbee and more

FathersFest 2010 MapWhere: Shiawasse Park, Farmington, MI

When: Saturday June 19th, 2010 – 12 noon to 5 pm (day before fathers day)

Cost: $5 per adult; $1 for 18 and under

Weather: Come rain or shine – we have a covered pavilion and tents in case of inclement weather.

Food: Bring picnic food or snacks to share. Hot dogs and other grill friendly food, plus non-alcoholic
(pets are welcome at this park – alcohol is not)

RSVP or Questions Contact:

Tom Fitzpatrick 248-229-6028 or
Larry Herren 248-420-0112 or
Dave Jacobs 248-981-3188