I was raised in a small, blue-collar, Alaskan town. It was a culture that hastened boys through adolescence yet didn’t seem to produce enough real masculinity. All that stoic, self-made, womanizing, overly sarcastic, machismo ideology worked well on a boat, or jobsite, but never amounted to much in the family.
After 14 years of marriage to my best friend, Angela, having three daughters, completing an undergraduate degree, and more than 10 years in full-time youth work (both secular and sacred sector); we now live on the Olympic Peninsula in WA state – mentoring incarcerated men, pregnant women, and at-risk youth. For the last five years, CanaVox has equipped me to parent more confidently, grow in compassion, and communicate effectively – in a cultural minefield of controversial topics.