Category Archives: Alex Phifer

Tools of Morale: The Hero Plate

A twenty one gun salute to you Captain and welcome aboard the Fighting Ship Phifer! Tradition and ceremony have a role in nearly every aspect of daily life. One of the many underrated parts of being Captain is the ability to shape the particular traditions and ceremonies that will serve as bonds helping to forge your family’s connection. Some happen

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Outnumbered and Outranked

Fellow Captains, I have the honor to report to you, for your consideration and that of the broader community of captains, the following report:  This Saturday past, while on routine transport duty, I had occasion to chaperone the youngest Duchess of my entourage to a birthday party held at the local YMCA.   State of the art and equipped with the

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Engage the Enemy

“Maintaining and Improving the Morale of the crew is the constant duty of every Captain. This factor alone is perhaps the most decisive in their fighting spirit and the one you are best able to exercise at any given moment.”  A Ship Captains Guide to Dadhood.  Children’s bright light of potential can be intimidating and even, at times, a nuisance

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A Thanksgiving Voyage East

  A twenty-one gun salute to you Captain and welcome aboard The Fighting Ship Phifer, so settle in and lets begin. In sole command, I regularly embark with my three crew on various errands and adventures so the thought of public parenting while outnumbered doesn’t particularly phase me.  While visiting in-laws on the east coast for Thanksgiving break I was

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Dads Dual Dragons

Dad’s today have a difficult row to hoe.  Its always been true but precisely how changes with the times.  Much has been written on the diminishing expectations of fatherhood, in part as a natural extension of empowering women to the point where culturally many see men today as irrelevant and fighting a rear-guard action of a receding role.  I’m a

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Art Tray Tactics and Training

“You are hereby requested and required to convey to your crew the merits and methods to swab clear their mess in a timely fashion and to proceed with the utmost diligence to not dampen or dissuade their fighting spirit in the execution of these imperatives” –   A ShipCaptains’ Guide to Fatherhood A twenty-one gun salute to you Captain and welcome

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