It’s hard to believe that 15 years ago I experienced the scariest day of my life and the most wonderful day in my life, both on the same day. I stood in a room full of family, friends and co-workers and publicly declared what I had known for years…I’m going to spend the rest of my life with my wife Thurraya.

Our marriage isn’t always perfect, but I know that the love we have for each other is real because we’ve been through the good and the bad and we’re still together.

When two people have shared life, when they…


“We are born male. We must learn to be men.” — Kent Nerburn, Letters to My Son: A Father’s Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love

Dear Malcolm and Matthias,

Being your dad is the greatest privilege in the world. Cradling you both in my arms; lulling you to sleep on my chest; each of these moments are special to me. I’m tempted to say that I can’t wait to see what your future holds; the joys and challenges that await you and the legacy your life will create, but I’m enjoying both of you too much right now, just as…


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WASHINGTON — More than 50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr. made his famous “l Have a Dream” speech, many African-Americans in our nation are still dreaming of King’s equal nation. The reality is that while many blacks are living King’s dream of equality and fair treatment, many are not. While Dr. King is remembered for many things, his commitment to service stands out. If anything is to be remembered about King, it should be that “everyone can be great because everyone can serve.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments…


1. I pray for you and your mother daily.
2. I want you to always think you are the greatest kid in the world.
3. When things are hard, keep trying. You can accomplish anything.
4. School is important.
5. I am always behind you in all you do.

Inspired by 5 Back-to-School Conversations Every Dad Must Have With His Kids by Edward Lee at BlackandMarriedWithKids.com.

Originally published at www.absolonkent.com.

Absolon Kent

A Husband, Father, and Man of God. This Savannah State and Oklahoma alumni loves the Atlanta Hawks, Falcons, and Braves. Read more at absolonkent.net.

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