There are a lot of things I enjoy about this blog and continuing to be a part of the N*avy experience even after my son commissioned and collaborating with other content creators is one of them. Last Spring, when I wrote Prayer for a Plebe, I knew at some point I’d want to turn it into a narrated video, similar to what I did with the prayer I wrote for my son’s class.
The key would be finding the right voice. I know my limits and readily agree with those who have told me I have a face made for radio and a voice made for mime. Well, I found the right person and the best part is, they agreed to do it!
I asked Steve Wade, the brilliant writer behind The Naval Academy – A Parent’s Ponderings from Home Port: Untying the Bowline on I-Day, to do the honors, but it took a little convincing. I’m so glad he stepped a little outside his comfort zone and know that you’ll agree he did a fantastic job. You can hear his handiwork here:
For the Class of 2026, Plebe Summer is close to ending, but the challenges don’t end on Plebe Parents Weekend. One-third of their USNA journey may be completed, but these young men and women have a whole different set of obstacles to overcome during the academic year. If they haven’t already, most will have their Dark Night of the Soul in the months ahead and as parents, we’ll be along for that part of the journey, too. That’s why I wrote this in the first place. I hope some find comfort in it.
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Other recent N* collaborations:
Annie Shine’s podcast where her husband & I discuss the USNA journey from a Dad’s perspective –
Steve was also a guest on Annie’s podcast where he talked about his brilliant book:
Annie was also gracious enough to invite me to talk about the Dark Ages:
The Herndon Playlist for the Class of 2025 features Susan Weisberg, the brilliant author behind the Chester Midshipmouse series (the final edition is coming out soon – can’t wait!):
Hopefully, there’s plenty more to come!