The Rising Sun Project: Inspiration, Failure, and Eternal Light

How to not learn nothing. A failed letter to my daughter.

Nick Nowak
A Parent Is Born

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I was walking my golden retriever, Winni, listening to I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, RBG had died three days before, and the sun was rising. During that walk, I decided I was going to start a “project,” not because of any of those things but because my first child was on the way, and those things also happened to be happening.

The Best Idea Ever

My mind was ablaze. If I was a scientist, I’d say something like, “Give me the samples! I’m making a COVID vaccine!” If scientists said things like that, which I’m sure they don’t. As an English teacher, I was thinking about an excerpt from We Learn Nothing, a collection of stories by Tim Kreider about learning nothing, and I was like, he’s got a point (see politician responses to RBG’s death).

Still, there’s got to be a way to not learn nothing, and I’m going to prove it by writing a book about every day leading up to the birth of my first child!

As with all my other great ideas, I told Julie (we’re married) the plan when she got home from the hospital (where she works as a nurse). She pulled the e-brake. “It sounds like a great idea, but right now seems like kind of a weird place to…

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Nick Nowak
A Parent Is Born

Dad, husband, educator, camp guy, founder of GoodMenders.com — building better culture, masculinity, and leadership.