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  • I'm a creator, entrepreneur, author of DREAM YEAR, and aspiring novelist. My wife Ainsley and I live in Virginia Beach with our five kids Wyatt, Dylan, Cody, Annie & Millie

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- I loved Midnight in Paris, one of my favorites of the year
- It's true that kids can't roam free anymore, but it's sad that the innocence is lost
- Happy Birthday!
- G+ hangouts can now be broadcast live via YouTube

Happy birthday, Ben!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Ben!!

Just watched Midnight in Paris last night and really enjoyed it.

The tour of "Hobbiton" in Matamata, NZ is unreal. One of the best experiences of my life.
the owner of the farm was walking around while I was there.
They showed us the entire ideation/creation/execution process ... the detail Jackson goes into is meticulous. Almost overboard OCD.
I highly recommend everyone go if they ever get a chance.

and Happy Birthday!

Ben, I'd encourage you to read Richard Louv's amazing book, Last Child in the Woods. He has an enlightening chapter on how we've let unrealistic fears about child abduction keep our children inside and isolated. The chance of a child being abducted from a total stranger is incredibly smaller than you could even imagine (most are taken by other family members), but we've let the media hype scare us into living inside our safe cocoons. I train my children to be smart, but I also let them roam the woods around our neighborhood (they check in with me via phone). We've got to push back against this irrational fear or our children will never experience God's world...and their own stories and creativity will suffer (not to mention their physical health).

Eric, when my wife was a girl, she was walking along the sidewalk and a white van drove up and hovered beside her. The door swung open and a stranger invited her inside before she took off running.

When I was little, my mother was gardening during my afternoon nap. She had a sudden sense of panic and walked back to the house to see a man who had spotted her running out of the house.

When I was on-staff at a large church in Virginia, a young man volunteering at the church was caught enticing little boys to pull down their pants in exchange for candy.

Irrational? I don't even know where to start with you.

Happy Belated Birthday! To celebrate I just bought your book.

thanks Dan!

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