Author Archives: Jenell Hollett

About Jenell Hollett

I have the privilege of writing and speaking about families. We all have them and we all know the joys and challenges that come with being part of a family. By sharing my experiences and the lessons I learned from those experiences, I bring laughter, courage, and hope to audiences facing joys and challenges of their own.

Reruns and Late Evening Garlic Bread

GUEST BLOG POST this week is by Preston Beach, a husband, father, surfer, musician, and high school English teacher. His wife Lori was diagnosed earlier this year with colon cancer. These are his words–the words of a good man: So … Continue reading

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Is Personal Responsibility an Outdated Concept?

It’s been a couple of weeks since I wrote my last blog post. I’ve been really busy, and I’m fighting an inflection that’s sapped all my energy, and… and… and…  I just can’t bring myself to take personal responsibility for … Continue reading

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Strength for Service Not Status

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the responsibility of those who possess strength and power. Maybe it’s because I just read an amazing quote this morning  “Strength is for service not status.”  Or maybe it’s because the early presidential … Continue reading

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Good Men are NOT Boring

It’s time we stopped portraying good men as a little low on the excitement scale. It’s time we destroyed the stereotype of the boring good guy and replaced it with reality. Good guys can be very interesting men. Continue reading

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Good Men in Tough Times

Recently I asked the question “What is one characteristic of a good man?” Over 40 men and women responded with answers that ranged from thought-provoking to funny—“selfless” to “enjoys being clean.” All the answers spoke to character traits and I realized … Continue reading

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My Frustrating Day

Yesterday, I was tired and frustrated. In my world those two often coexist. The funny thing is, today I can’t fully remember why things seemed so bleak yesterday. The day was filled with good and bad just like any other … Continue reading

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A Dad By Choice

For as long as I can remember, Bob Loder has been a second father to me—a dad by choice. Although I don’t share his DNA, my heart knows he’s my second dad as strongly as if his name was listed … Continue reading

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He’s Not Purposely Trying To Frustrate You

    Good men don’t purposely frustrate the women they love.  But it happens—often when there’s a need for information transfer.  The phone call he took about a party, a job change, or the kids’ schedules becomes an irritating game … Continue reading

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Appreciation Is The Best Father’s Day Gift

Father’s Day is just a couple of weeks away. If you are fortunate enough to have a good man in your life,  maybe you’ll give him a card and a Sunday afternoon together. Or you might even splurge for a gift he’s wanted… an … Continue reading

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Daddy’s girl

My dad taught me what a flawed good man looks like. He wasn’t perfect. He made mistakes and sometimes did things that still baffle me. But he was a really good man. Continue reading

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