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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.

Dear Austin has a Facebook page

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.

David M. Perkins on Facebook

Thank You Cleveland SAS

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.

A Warm and Encouraging Open Letter to a Son

from Jordan Rich, WBZ Radio Boston

Jordan Rich, host of The Jordan Rich Show on CBS Radio station WBZ in Boston, has posted an open letter to his son Andrew on the occasion of Andrew's 18th birthday. It is warm, and comfortable, and full of love and fatherly advice. It is straightforward and without the slightest hint of pomp or judgment. It's what a letter from a loving father should be. Read it and take note, should you have need to pen a similar dispatch in the future.

Note: Jordan was gracious enough to invite me on his show in September, after the publication of Dear Austin. That interview is posted and can be heard on this site.

A NAPPA Award for “Dear Austin”

NAPPA Honors seal

While the official announcement won't come until June, I just learned today that Dear Austin ~ A Letter To My Son has been named a 2011 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Honors Winner. NAPPA tests and evaluates thousands of books, CDs, toys, and other children's and parent's products every year, and publishes a list of their top recommendations.

The NAPPA awards are sponsored by Dominion Parenting Media and promoted in association with parenting publishers across the United States. I'm honored to be featured in their publications, to be on their list of recommended reading for parents, and to be allowed to display the NAPPA seal on this site. Thank you, NAPPA, very much.

How did you say "Goodbye?"

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?

Reflections on September 11, 2001

It seems the atmosphere of late is less receptive to the thoughts I jotted down in December of 2001. Maybe that's an even better reason to dig them back up this year. I don't know. But, if you're offended by them, then you're probably just the person I was writing to.

My Christmas message for 2001 is posted here.

KPCC Los Angeles Interview Done

The interview on AirTalk with Larry Mantle went off without any problems today. The previous segment ran a little long, which left less time for the “velcro parents” segment, but it was a worthwhile discussion nonetheless. The other in-studio guest was Barbara J. Avery, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Occidental College in Los Angeles, a lovely lady who expressed a strong interest in getting Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son into her student handout packet. Today's host was David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times.

You can listen to a replay of this segment HERE.

WBZ Boston Interview Postponed

The interview scheduled for September 4th on WBZ News Radio Boston has been rescheduled for Friday night/Saturday morning September 10-11. The time is not set, but will be between Midnight and 4:00am Eastern time.

The reason for the move was hurricane Earl, which was predicted to hit the Massachusetts coast at approximately the same time I was scheduled to hit the airwaves. WBZ decided that Earl was more important to its listeners. I certainly can't argue with that.

I will post the airtime for the rescheduled interview on this site as soon as I know it. The interview will also be posted here as soon as it is available. Thanks for the emails and messages of encouragement.

Another Radio Interview!

Got a call today from the producer of AirTalk with Larry Mantle at KPCC 89.3 Southern California Public Radio. They're producing a segment about parents who won't let go when their kids go off to college, and they invited me to join the in-studio conversation. It's very exciting. My wife won't get off the phone.

I'll be on the show scheduled for Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 10:30 am Pacific time. If you're in the Southern California area, please tune in and then leave your feedback here. Maybe we can start a constructive conversation of our own about letting go when your kids leave home.

If you're not in Southern California, you can listen in on the internet at http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/

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