dustin lafferty

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Life’s Reflection

I read this story today on Relevant Magazine and had to share it…for a couple reasons…

(1)  It’s an illustration, Watterson style, of Bill Watterson’s commencement address from 1995 at Kenyon College. Bill Watterson wrote & drew the narrative of my childhood through the adventures of a precocious young boy named Calvin and his best friend Hobbes.  Believe me, if you’ve never read Calvin & Hobbes, you’ve missed out.  In fact, stop right now and check it out.


(2)  It’s the best career advice you may ever receive.

(3)  The artist has captured the magic of Watterson in a very faithful form.  <– Check out the full cartoon.

In the pursuit of “ambition” don’t end up trapped in something that sucks your soul dry.  Leave time for family, friends…don’t spend your whole life accumulating riches that leave you lonely.

Find your life’s meaning outside of “stuff.”

“I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.” – Bill Watterson.

Don’t forget to check out the full cartoon, you’ll be glad you did.


My kids think I’m a hero. I hope I can live up to that label. But there are real live heroes out there – check out this story and you’ll see what I mean.


What are you doing to be a hero to those closest to you today?


Those lazy, hazy, crazy days

You ever had a bad cup of coffee?


Some say there’s no such thing as bad coffee…of course that is completely false.  There IS bad coffee and you’ll know it when you drink it.

Does it make you shake?  That’s for you to decide.

Do you run for the bathroom 10 minutes after drinking it? Also up to you.

Whatever the circumstance, bad coffee is a quick way to ruin a day.

You’re not drinking bad coffee now, are you?  By all means, don’t allow one more second to pass without redeeming that situation…I’ll wait…

Ok, fresh java? Good, welcome back.

I’m a coffee nut, give me a good cup of coffee and I’ll savor it as long as I possibly can. It’s the simple act of being in a moment. My senses can carry me to another place – if even for a moment.  You know that feeling too…perhaps smelling your Grandma’s famous apple pie cooling in the kitchen, the roaring fire at the autumn family reunion, the song that triggers a memory from years ago.

As summer winds down, I look back at all the fun that we’ve had and grow nostalgic.  My wife & I will have these memories, and their triggers, for years to come.  We’ll tell the stories to our kids about this or that and they will try to remember, at least for a while; however, after a short time they won’t remember riding a bike for the first time without training wheels…being thrown in the pool over and over all afternoon…eating cotton candy until they couldn’t stand it anymore…water balloon fights…

…but Em & I will remember. Emily and I agree, this summer has been one of the best we’ve had as parents.

When I’m old, and the kids are gone, the smell of burning wood will take me back to making s’mores around the fire pit in the backyard.  A fresh tomato from the garden will remind me of the time the boys and I planted our own garden, and the excitement in their eyes as they picked their own tomatoes.  The smell of fireworks will trigger memories of watching the boys run laps around the yard with their sparklers.

While my kids will be making memories of their own, I’ll smile and repeat that familiar phrase, “I remember when you…”

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer…


Tissues ready

Ok, you’ve been warned…

A wonderful, touching story.

I pray that I am able to live long enough to dance with my daughter. Should I not be so fortunate, may I at least be there in spirit.

Welcome back

“…to that same old place that you laughed about…”

After an extended time off the blog has returned. Why did it go away?

Summer fun!

Summer fun!

That’s why. We became a party of 6 and, needless to say, I’ve had plenty to write about and little time to sit down and do it.

But it turns out, I like writing. There exists a very therapeutic effect in writing. The creativity flows, we can share some laughs…perhaps even reflect.

So here’s to a relaunch, hope you like the new look of the blog. Look for plenty more posts on the #dadlife, things that I find interesting, reflective, or just an occasional throwback (#TBT).

If you want to find me elsewhere in the cyberspace, I’m also hanging out on Twitter (@doostman), Instagram (@dalafferty) and Facebook.

Cya soon,


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