Brian Bailey Preface to the Revised Edition

Raising boys

Tony Woodlief is a terrific writer and blogger who I've read off and on for years. He writes many excellent posts on fatherhood and raising boys, two things I think about a lot. We crossed paths a couple of years ago when we nearly participated in a book featuring many different bloggers, a project that never saw the light of day.

Last weekend, I was reading my treasured copy of the weekend Wall Street Journal when I came across a piece that sounded vaguely familiar. The theme and writing style struck a chord and I skimmed to the end to see who wrote this interesting article — none other than Tony Woodlief!

Wow — a Father's Day essay in the Wall Street Journal! You can read it online. Of course, it's excellent and well worth the read. The only thing missing was a quote from one of the best movies of all time, Say Anything: "The world is full of guys. Be a man. Don't be a guy." I'm thinking of having this printed on a t-shirt for Ben.

If you don't already read his blog, Sand in the Gears, be sure to check it out. Congratulations, Tony!