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Robert Ehlert: Today’s Question exists to elicit your answers

We had some great responses to our first Today’s Question entry on Sunday, when we asked folks on Father’s Day what the best advice was they had received from their dads.

Some could sum it up in a few words. For others answering the question was like lighting the fuse of a dad muse. They wrote paragraphs about what their fathers’ advice had meant to them. Here are a few samples:

Tj Jones The choices you make now WILL dictate the life you lead later!

Mark Stevens Dad’s best advice came not in words, but in his life choices. He was intentional in his career, his faith, his community involvement, his love ... his resolution to shape his life to make the best opportunity for Mom and us kids Love you, Pop, miss you every day.

Tami Sims Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.

Roy Heberger My answer came to me immediately. It has no large, societal-level ramifications, but it has had a rather profound effect on portions of my life.

When in junior high school and looking at class electives for my freshman year, my dad suggested that I’d not go wrong if I took what was then called “drafting.” The class taught one to use triangles, T-squares, pencils and ink, rulers, compasses, and French curves all with both precision and accuracy. I ended up taking four years of this class throughout high school and another semester in college There is no question in my mind that I would not have had the skills and confidence to design a house and build seven boats, but for my dad’s suggestion to take drafting — a good one. Thanks, Dad, for that, and so much more.

Kathy Hugulet I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes until I saw the man with no feet.

Teresa Miller Calkins Check the oil in your car. Or in other words, take care of business first and then have your fun.

Nora Carpenter Keep your eye on the ball and always follow through. (Good advice for life but it so happens that my dad was a golf instructor also)

Jennifer Bell Reynolds If you are going to play, then play to win. At the time it was a sports analogy, but now I find I continue to use it in everyday life.

Corey Surber Don’t forget where you came from, and don’t forget to come back home sometimes. Family and loved ones are worth carving some time out of your busy schedule.

Kelly Arnzen Shehee It wasn’t what he said, but what he showed me. Compassion.

Sophie Sestero Hard work can help you achieve anything.

Decker Rolph Truly pursue parallel paths. That is, intentionally and actively develop meaning for oneself and others across various life spheres, i.e., familial, professional, community, personal, etc. This paradigm has lead me to much of the meaning in my life — in part by buffering the dead ends.

I’d like to thank those who have been playing along so far. All you have to do is ponder the question and head over to Facebook and share your answer. We post the question a couple of times a day on Facebook and in print on Wednesdays-Sundays when we have a Depth section.

Some of you have asked us questions. “Aren’t you going to ask something edgy?” “Can we use Instagram instead of Facebook to answer?” “Do we have to use Facebook?”

As far as the questions go, we’re always on the lookout. I’d say we’re going for a mix of comfort food, and humorous and edgy questions. Got a good one? Send it to me, and I will more than likely put it up.

I’d say Thursday’s question is on the edgy side: What do you think of Boise Mayor Dave Bieter’s decision to take down the Mississippi state flag at City Hall?

As for Facebook, right now it is the common denominator of our communication for Today’s Question. We need a common “meeting point” so everybody knows where to go to respond, and where those who just want to read the responses can go to sample them. That said, we’re looking into adding Instagram as a secondary place for response. I am sure we will give it a try.

What else is on your mind? Let me know. We want Today’s Question to ignite a community conversation. Let us know what we can do to engage you and the rest of Idaho.

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