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Another Neck Tie For Father’s Day

It’s Father’s Day. I’m gonna get a necktie. I have for every Father’s Day since I became one, and so have you — even if the only place you have to wear a tie is on the tractor. Don’t blame your unimaginative loved ones. A necktie is a gift for a guy who has everything, and that pretty much describes you and me, fella. Look around: Your life is choked with stuff. Your garage is always full, your truck is always full, your tool box is always full, your tackle box is always full, your closet is always full, your gun cabinet is always full, and by the look of your belly hanging over your belt, you’re always full. Say it with me one time: You don’t need anything/Steve Crump, Twin Falls Times News. More here.

Question: What did you get for Father's Day?

Crapo: Father, Take Care Of Yourself

In a column for Father's Day, U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, urges men to take better care of their health: “Fathers take care of us, and one Father’s Day idea is to encourage them to also take care of themselves. Men often pay too little attention to their health until a serious problem emerges. According to the Men’s Health Network, men have a higher death rate for most of the leading causes of death, including heart disease and cancer. Additionally, the life expectancy of men is approximately five years lower than the life expectancy for women. Maintaining healthy lifestyles and preventive efforts are fundamental to changing these statistics. Men’s health concerns affect far more than men alone. They affect families and loved ones.” More here. (SR file photo: William Jackson Smart, father of Sonora Smart Dodds, the founder of Father's Day)

Question (for fathers): Do you get an annual physical & otherwise take care of yourself for your family's sake?

Keith Comes Up Big On Father’s Day

Dunno what you fathers got for Father’s Day. But it might not compare to the gift that Keith Erickson received. For those of you keeping score at home, Keith (a former Coeur d’Alene Press reporter) and I were rival local government reporters back in the day. Now, fast forward to Sunday when Keith’s wife gave him a $5 Aerosmith-“Dream On”-themed, Idaho lottery ticket. Which turned out to be worth $500. Coincidentally, Aerosmith’s “Dream On” was playing on Keith’s head set when he turned it in at a local convenience store for the cash.

Question: Do you give lottery tickets as gifts to friends and family? Any of your recipients ever won much money on one?

Father’s Day Began In Spokane In 1910

Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of Father’s Day, a holiday now celebrated in 50 countries around the world but whose origins are from right here in Spokane. Sonora Smart Dodd, the woman who founded Father’s Day, was one of six children raised by her father, Civil War veteran William Smart, who was left a widower after his wife died giving birth to their sixth child. It was her appreciation and love of her father that spawned the idea and on this centennial of the holiday her family is in town to share her story. Father’s Day started as a quiet reflection inside Central Methodist Church/Sally Showman, KXLY. More here.

Question: How important is a father in today’s family?

63% Of Dads Work 40+ Hours Weekly

CareerBuilder’s Annual Father’s Day Survey finds one-in-10 working dads said their spouse or significant other has become unemployed in the last 12 months, with half indicating that it is causing stress at home. Forty-two percent of those polled are the sole provider for their household and nearly one-in-ten (nine percent) have taken on a second job in the last 12 months to provide for their family. Leaner staffs are creating more demands at the office, making it harder for working fathers to achieve a healthy work/life balance. Sixty-three percent said they work more than 40 hours per week/Consumer Affairs (via Public News Service Twitter). More here.

Question: How many hours do you work per week?

Sunny: Thanks, Dad, For Little Things

So Dad, here’s to all the little things….the little things you have taught me and shared with me on this path called life…they are really the big things…the things that mean so much to me: Thank you for the family hikes, the family bike rides, and the family picnics at Farragut State Park…and thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to take us kids fishing at Hayden Lake (even though it was me you were usually fishing out of the lake). Thanks for teaching me how to mow the lawn, how to pick potato bugs, wash the car and clean the pasture. Thanks for teaching me that girls can do anything boys can do. Thanks for teaching me that it’s okay to dig in the dirt. Thanks for teaching me how to be tough…physically and emotionally/Sunny, Bent’s Beer Garden. More here.

Question: What did your dad teach you?

High Noon: A JibJab Father’s Day Promo

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

On Facebook, Bent (who appears to be the face on the card) posted this JibJab video and the reminder: “Don’t forget Father’s Day this weekend.” My Father’s Day will have to take a back seat to my 35th anniversary on Monday and my mother’s 85th birthday. Then, Father’s Day has never been a big deal to me. How about you?

Question: Do you do something special for Father’s Day?

Ties Have Use Beyond Father’s Day Gift

This undated photo provided by Laura Kluvo shows a necktie skirt designed by Kluvo. Neckties are not only handy as last-minute Father’s Day gifts. They also provide a multitude of materials and designs for sewing projects. (AP Photo/Laura Kluvo)

Question: Is a tie the best gift you can give dad for Father’s Day?

Father’s Day Centennial On Tap

A poster announcing the centennial celebration of Father’s Day created by Spokane tourism officials portrays Sonora Smart Dodd, founder of Father’s Day, and a drawing of her father, William Smart, is seen Thursday in Spokane, Wash. This June 20 marks the 100th anniversary of Father’s Day. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios).

Question: What role did your father play in making you the person you are today?

Obama Gets Personal w/Fathers

In this Aug. 12, 2008, file photo, then Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. walks down Kailua Beach in Kailua, Hawaii, with his daughters Malia, 10, left, and Sasha, 7, during their vacation in Hawaii.  (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)

Item: Obama to fathers: Be involved in your kids’ lives/AP

More Info: Growing up without a father left a painful hole in his heart, President Barack Obama told boys at the White House Friday in a remarkably personal Father’s Day weekend message. He implored fathers everywhere — and the kids when they’re a bit older — to be involved in the lives of their own children.

Question: Was your father involved in your life?

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