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Hometown News Includes Dear Austin
in Annual Special

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The Azle News, a small regional newspaper in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of North Central Texas, published its 20th Annual Celebration of the Art and Artists in our Community on November 11, 2010. Included in this annual special section on the arts is a generous article by Carolea Hassard about Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son.

I’m grateful to Bob Buckel, publisher of The Azle News, and to Carolea Hassard, writer/reporter for including me along with dozens of talented artists, writers, and performers who live in and around Azle, Texas. While I grew up in Azle, graduated from high school there, and still have close friends and family in the area, I haven’t actually lived there for many years. So it was particularly kind of them to allow me to be counted among all these wonderful Azle artists.

Most visitors to this site will not have had access to this regional publication so I have posted the article, including the photographs, here on this site. Or click the image above to see a scanned image of the original article.

David M. Perkins, and Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son, can now be found on Facebook. We’d appreciate you clicking the link below, and clicking the “Like” button on our page. The more followers we have on Facebook, the faster our message gets spread. Thanks for your help.

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I just want to say hello, and welcome, to all of you who are a part of the Cleveland SAS fund raiser. I had a wonderful evening speaking to the SAS meeting tonight. It was a great group, almost an even mix of parents and students, and a good discussion broke out after I babbled for about 30 minutes. Thanks for allowing me to participate in your meeting. It was an honor to be invited.

Thanks also for being here, and for participating in the promotion to help your SAS program at Cleveland. I hope it’s a huge success. Spread the word. Please feel free to click on the “comments” link above to leave your thoughts, or use the Contact page. I’m always happy to get feedback on the fund raiser, the book, or just your feelings on any topic related to parenting teenagers, or the discussion earlier this evening.

Please browse the site, leave your comments, and come back often to keep the discussions going.

Thanks so much for the emails following the AirTalk show on KPCC. I got several wonderful messages from parents who offered ways of saying goodbye to their college-bound children that I had not thought of.

A woman in Michigan wrote that she sat down a few days after her son left for school, and recorded a video “letter” in which she wished him love and success, and cautioned him about some of the things that worried her.

Another mom wrote that she left a message on her daughter’s iPod. Clever idea, but what if she always listens in shuffle mode, and it never comes up?

How did you say goodbye to your college student? Click the “comments” link above, and let us know if you have any thoughts on the subject. Maybe we can spread a few new ideas around that will help parents get through this period a little easier.

If you’re a departing college student, what would you like to hear from your parents, and how would you like to receive it?