January 4, 2016: Annual Letter to My Grandsons

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:   Welcome to 2016. This begins your eighth year with us. I think you would agree that at this point in time, life has been better than good. May it remain so.   Today, you are sowing the seeds for your future. Of course, nobody can predict what that future will […]

January 6, 2015: To Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Some Advice From An Old Man

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: For the past 15 years, I have taken the opportunity at the beginning of the New Year to share some advice — first with your dad and his cousins and now with you, my great-grandson. I hope you don’t mind and will bear with me. You would probably rather be playing […]

January 6, 2014: To Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Have Fun And Give Life Your Best Shot

Dear Cameron: You have been in this world for a tad over five years. I think you would agree it has been a pretty good ride to this point. A lot of people love you and care deeply about you.  When you are older, you will understand just how fortunate you are. You have brought […]

January 7, 2013: To Cameron: Thank You For Reminding Us What Really Matters

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Over the years it has been a tradition at the first of the year to impart some words of wisdom in this space to your father, uncle and cousins, who double as my grandsons.  Perhaps some of my observations were useful to them.  Maybe some fell on deaf ears.  I have […]

December 26, 2011: To Cameron: The World May Change But The Fundamentals Remain The Same

DEAR CAMERON: For the past decade, I have written an annual letter of advice to your father, your uncle and their cousins, trying to give them a little perspective on what life was going to be like for them as they grew into adulthood. Today, they are all adults and are experiencing first-hand the ups-and-downs […]

Jan. 12, 2009: To My Grandsons: Live Your Life As Zack Lived His

To Nicholas Wansley; Brian and Thomas Yarbrough: This is my ninth year to dispense some grandfatherly advice to you at the beginning of a new year. Things have certainly changed since I began this correspondence. Not only have you gone from pre-teens to adults during that time, including one newly minted father among you. We […]

Dec. 31, 2007: To My Grandsons: Work Hard and Have Passion

TO MY GRANDSONS: WORK HARD AND HAVE PASSION To Zachary and Nicholas Wansley, Brian and Thomas Yarbrough Thinking about what I wanted to share with you this year, I was struck at how much we — you and I — have changed since we began this annual correspondence back at the beginning of the new […]

Jan. 8, 2007: To My Grandsons: Some Advice For The Year Ahead

To Brian and Thomas Yarbrough, Zachary and Nicholas Wansley, In case you are counting, this makes the eighth straight year I have written you with a little grandfatherly advice at the beginning of the New Year. You might be interested to know that this is far and away the most popular column of the year […]

Jan. 1, 2006: Annual Letter To My Grandsons

To My Grandsons: Cool Isn’t Cool. God, Country And Family Are To Zachary and Nicholas Wansley, Brian and Thomas Yarbrough: It has become tradition to write you guys at the first of the year and lay a little unsolicited advice on you. I’ve never asked what, if anything, you do with these pearls of wisdom. […]

Jan. 3, 2005: To My Grandsons: Life Is Too Short To Waste

To Brian and Thomas Yarbrough, Zachary and Nicholas Wansley: Don’t look now, guys, but we are halfway through the first decade of the 21st century. That may not seem like a big deal to four active teenagers with the best years of their lives ahead of them, but from one who first saw the light […]

May 2, 2004: To My Grandsons: Never Forget Our Heroes

To Zachary and Nicholas Wansley; Brian and Thomas Yarbrough: I have been sharing some thoughts with you at the beginning of each year in the hope that some of my reflections might prove helpful as you grow to adulthood. I will continue to do so as long as I have something meaningful to say, and […]

Dec. 29, 2002: A Letter To My Grandsons

To Brian and Thomas Yarbrough; Zachary and Nicholas Wansley: When I wrote you this time last year, we had just experienced the worst terrorist attacks ever in our country. We were still in a state of shock over the events of Sept. 11, and were trying to absorb just how much evil human beings can […]

Jan. 1, 2002: Annual Letter To My Grandsons:

As we begin this new year, I wish your great-grandmother were around to put things into proper perspective for us. She always found something good in everything and everybody — although I imagine network television news and Osama bin Laden would be a stretch even for her. If Granny were here, no doubt she would […]

Jan. 1, 2001: To Brian and Thomas Yarbrough; Zachary and Nicholas Wansley:

Well, boys, it looks like we made it to the new millennium. The last time we did this was a thousand years ago, and if the planet doesn’t self-destruct in the meantime, it will be another thousand years before we do it again. You are fortunate to have lived through a change of centuries and […]