And then there are just some things you can’t be without. Here are some miscellaneous items that are good to have.

  • Place to call home
  • Cash
  • Pickup
  • Toolbox/Tools
  • Car care emergency kit
  • Knife/Multipurpose Tool
  • Rope
  • Duct Tape/Zip Ties
  • Wool Blanket
  • Journal/Pen
  • Laptop/Tablet/Smartphone
  • Camera
  • Music Collection
  • Speakers/Headphones
  • Books
  • Collection/Item of significance
  • Coffee cup/Mug/Bottle
  • Adventure/Travel/Memories/Stories – Do stuff
  • Passport
  • Backpack/Duffle bag
  • Sunscreen/Lip Balm
  • Hobby
  • Bicycle


It may seem strange that furniture is on the list but there is nothing more satisfying than coming home to a comfy chair and cracking open your favorite book. While it may not seem like much, here are a few things you’ll want to indulge in.

  • Leather chair/Ottoman (or Lazyboy)
  • End Table
  • Lamp
  • Comfortable bed/pillow


“Be well dressed, behave like a gentleman, and keep your shoes shined.” ~Joseph Abboud

Dress for success! Wear what you need for the time and place you are. Here are some staples that every man will need.

    • Button down, collared shirt
    • Jeans
    • Comfortable undergarments
    • Jacket/sport coat
    • Leather belt (Dress/Work)
    • Nice shoes and/or boots
    • Shoehorn
    • Shoeshine kit
    • Wallet
    • Watch
    • Hat
  • Work gloves


Every man needs to be well groomed and generally have good hygiene. Not only does it make for a healthier person but it also helps with relationships, feeling good about yourself, and it’s easy to do! There are more things you’ll need but these are some highlights.

  • Dopp kit
  • Toothbrush (regularly changed out), Floss
  • Good razor
  • Groomer/Nose hair trimmer
  • Fingernail/toenail clipper
  • Tweezers


Relationships are the bedrock of life. I believe nurturing these relationships, in order of priority, will lead to a happy life. I can’t wait to share stories of relationships and adventures I’ve had with each of these.
  • God/Faith
  • Spouse
  • Family – immediate/extended
  • Friend/Confidant
  • Mentor
  • Dog/pet/fish/plant


As I start this blog, the next few posts are the foundational concepts that started me on this journey. I’ll expand on each as time goes on.


  • Faithful
  • Dependable
  • Honest
  • Interpersonal/Storyteller
  • Fatherly
  • Sense of Humor
  • Intelligent/Intellectual
  • Passionate
  • Confident
  • Kind/Inclusive
  • Generous
  • Fit
  • Craftsman/Creative

It’s a Journey!

There’s no instructional manual for raising kids. While there are plenty of books on the topic, lots of material on the Internet, and no shortage of advice from friends and family, raising kids is a deeply personal and individualized journey not only for me but for the kids as well. This site is for them and encompasses the ideas, values, and stories I want to share on our journey together. Enjoy!