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Josh Misner, PhD

Mindful Living in a Distracted World

Changing More than Diapers

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The year was 1995. Microsoft released Windows 95, Michael Jordan returned to the NBA, and a little-known company called eBay was launched. More importantly, on a freezing cold Monday in January, I became a father.

At 19, I don’t think I fully realized the extent to which fatherhood would change everything, and I do mean everything. Continue reading “Changing More than Diapers”

12 Dads, an 84-Mile Walk, and 53 Gallons of Blood

An Indian writer named Shakuntala Devi once stated, “Numbers have life; they’re not just symbols on paper.” The numbers in the title above represent much more than a headline designed to build a reader’s curiosity; they represent life, laughter, and above all else, life-altering opportunity.

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In early July, 2016, one dozen renowned writers and fathers from all over the United States (from the Pacific Northwest, to the heartland, to the eastern seaboard) will embark on an epic journey, leaving their home country to cross the Atlantic and heading for England. Continue reading “12 Dads, an 84-Mile Walk, and 53 Gallons of Blood”

Today

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Today, I saw a man infected with rage.
Shaking his fists with furrowed brow
Belying his cry of war.

Today, I taught my children peace.
In war, there are no victors.
Anger spreads only the disease of hatred.

Today, I heard a child curse.
Racial slurs and innuendo
Tarnishing a young mind.

Today, I taught my children respect.
There are so many ways to wrap a present,
But no matter what, they all are gifts.

Today, I saw faiths mock one another.
You’re wrong and we’re right,
Each said, one to the other.

Today, I taught my children to care.
No matter who is right, my darlings,
With love, you will never fail.

Today, I saw the depth of despair
Alone in the street, with nothing to eat,
While people passed, unaffected.

Today, I taught my children hope.
Hope for change, hope for the best,
Hope to be strong, and hope to rise.

Today, I heard touting in arrogance.
Bravado, braggadocio, and brass,
Superficial, scornful swagger.

Today, I taught my children humility.
Sometimes the strongest remain unknown.
While the greatest among us will serve.

Today, I saw a world in turmoil.
Every woman and man for themselves,
Stirring the chaotic downward spiral.

Today, I will ignore the world.
Today, I will make a difference.
Today, I will make a gift to the world.

Today will become tomorrow,
While tomorrow will become better,
For today, I have taught my children.

Chatting About Fatherhood With Masterchef’s Stephen Lee

MASTERCHEF: L-R: Contestant Stephen and Judge Gordon Ramsay in the all-new “Top 22 Compete” episode of MASTERCHEF airing Wednesday, May 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Greg Gayne / FOX. © 2015 FOX Broadcasting Co.
MASTERCHEF: L-R: Contestant Stephen and Judge Gordon Ramsay in the all-new “Top 22 Compete” episode of MASTERCHEF airing Wednesday, May 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Greg Gayne / FOX. © 2015 FOX Broadcasting Co.
What is it like working with Gordon Ramsay? I always heard he is extra-coarse in front of the camera, but off-camera, one of the most compassionate and caring fathers we could hope to see. Do you get that from working around him?

Continue reading “Chatting About Fatherhood With Masterchef’s Stephen Lee”

Suppressing the Screen to Set the Standard

is-screen-addiction-realTake a look at the following litany of quotes taken from actual interactions I’ve had with people close to me over the last week or so:

  • “Hang on a sec, I have to check us in.”
  • “Do that again, I want to get a picture of it!”
  • “That is so funny! I absolutely have to post that!”
  • “Of course I was listening! I just had to check to see if an important email came through yet.”

I’d like to think we all have those people in our lives. We all know these types – the ones so addicted to their phones or tablets that they actually plan their time around their interaction with the screen. Continue reading “Suppressing the Screen to Set the Standard”

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