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I Release You

"I Release You..."

I'm sure I heard that or read it somewhere, but it has become a very powerful phrase in my life, especially when it comes to living a joyous life.


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This Is Why I Love You Trauna James

Trauna and I celebrated our 20-year wedding anniversary this July.

I found a song for us

MAJOR. - Why I Love You.


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SAHD Life: Being a Strong-And-Healthy-Dad

I get these "google alerts" every day, which are basically just articles and posts from around the web related to certain keywords I want to monitor. "SAHD" and "Stay At Home Dad" are keywords I monitor and I have been getting a great deal of posts lately.


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Days End - Original Moody Instrumental Music

Days End - Original Moody Instrumental Music by Taurus M. James (TauurusBeats) Piano Freestyle

Slideshow/Video of our vacation trip to Salt Lake City/Ogden, Utah (just before we moved to Alexandria, VA). Featuring "Days End" - Moody instruMental Music created with Propellerhead's Reason 4 software, Akai MPD32 and M-Audio Oxygen8 v2.

Days End Music Download Available


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Back to School: Doing My Daughter's Hair

The start of school means that I have to work my magic on my daughter's hair in the mornings. Yay!

Here are some pictures of me and my daughter on the second day of school for 2012. I'm finishing her hair before we move into the next step of our morning routine - breakfast.

Doing my daughter's hair has never been a problem for me. I've been doing her hair since she was an infant. I've done mom's hair a few times as well. I just can't get my hands to cooporate for braids and plaits, so I just stick to twists.


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Quote of the day - Love and Move On

No matter what they have done to you and said to you, you cannot stop loving them. No matter how much they disappoint you, if you think you love them, you probably do. Do not tell yourself you don't love somebody if you do. What you might want to do is make a choice about whether you want this person to be a part of your life. You can love them in the deepest part of your being and choose to move on.

- Iyanla Vanzant


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SAHD Life: Being Ready When Disaster Strikes - What Sandy Taught Me
The devastation left behind by super storm Sandy really got me thinking about being prepared. As a stay-at-home dad, I have more time to think about things like being prepared for disasters and just every day activities my family has. But listening to the heart wrenching stories about people left without power, without heat, and without homes, prompted me to look more into expanding my preparedness/readiness plan for my family.

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SAHD Life: My First Daddy-Daughter Dance Sweetheart Ball

The YMCA Adventure Guides Father-Daughter Sweetheart Ball was not on my radar until a good friend of mine told me how he takes his daughters each year. I thought, "Cool! You and your girls are really excited about this thing, huh?" When my wife started getting emails about the event, there was no controlling her excitement. She was even talking about renting a car for the night!

Yeah...

In case you didn't know (like me), a dadddy-daughter dance allows dad an opportunity to set an example and standard for how his daughter should be treated on a date. It is also an opportunity for dad to build that special bond with his daughter and make special memories.

Okay, based on the description above, I tossed the whole daddy-daughter dance thing out the window because my daughter and dating don't even go together in a sentence. And I can build that special bond with my daughter at the creek - FISHING!

But I thought about the whole thing (I do a lot of thinking) and with my "try-almost-anything-once" attitude, I went all in.

That's right! I went to my first daddy-daughter dance AND I LOVED IT!


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My Life-Changing Experience - Quest - Moody instruMental Music made with Reason 6

I did a video talking about my life-changing experience at Camp Classen with my daughter this past weekend. The video features one of my new songs "Quest" from my upcoming "Moody Grooves" collection of Moody instruMental Music.

 


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Tamilyn's First Steps

I was blessed to see Tamilyn's first steps back in 2006, while we were living in Los Angeles, California. Here's the video that I put together.


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