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A Note To Our Children

November 10, 2016
A Note To Our Children

Election day note to my nine-year-old daughter.

When I got Kamiah down last night, after two hours of sharing what we had anticipated to be a momentous and joyous occasion, things weren’t looking good. After she fell asleep I went downstairs for a couple more hours of heartache and angst. By 11 PM MST, I was in disbelief–shocked and sickened.  When we turned on the TV this morning, my daughter and I both broke into tears at the announcement.  Donald Trump had been elected our new President.

I couldn’t bear seeing Kamiah’s disappointment.  We shared a talk about love. About rising above. About going high, when others go low. About how close we were to having our first female POTUS. And about how Kamiah is going to be president one day.

Then we turned on our Hawaiian radio station and danced. After we made gluten free chocolate chip pancakes (while listening to Harry Potter, The Goblet of Fire) we road our bikes to school.

I quickly realized I wasn’t the only one trying to figure out how to deal with explaining the inexplicable when I received a text from a dear friend who also has a young daughter. “How do we explain to our kids that we elected a bully, bigot and p**** grabber?”

I told him that I’m angry, I’m scared, but most of all, I’m sad.  As a father, I’ve made it my mission to elevate my daughter, and in the process of being her dad, she elevates me on a daily basis. It’s ok to be mad, angry, scared, and sad. It’s ok to cry, but like the great Michelle Obama, our fearless leader says, “When they go low, we go high.” My daughter makes me want to go high, to be like president Obama, graceful, thoughtful, courageous and kind.

That’s how I responded to my friend.  We let ourselves cry with our little ones.  We acknowledge what a sad day it is in our nation, for our planet—our climate, our oceans, rivers and mountains.  We don’t deny that we elected a bully, a bigot, a man who ran a degrading and fear mongering campaign.  We don’t deny that a highly qualified (and presidential) candidate with a policy road map and platform was beaten by the least qualified (and most demonstrative) candidate in history who has no plan.  We don’t deny that there’s a lot of racism, bigotry, homophobia, xenophobia, and rampant misogyny out there.  This is a sad day on so many levels for so many of us. It’s a sad day for women, girls, fathers to girls, African Americans, Hispanics, Muslims, Native Americans, LBGT’s, and those with disabilities.  It’s an angst filled time for people whose lives have been changed in a most positive way by Obamacare (myself included).  We admit that there’s a lot of angry people and a lot of hate out there, but we tell them love always wins in the end.

I assured my friend that we will rise.  That we will raise strong, brave, bold, and courageous daughters who will not tolerate weak-ass men and weak-ass bullshit. We will play these cards we are dealt, these shitty, scary and disturbing cards, and we will nurture and foster a more compassionate, loving, kind, and inclusive society. It’s going to be a battle and it’s going to take heavy lifting. One day at a time.
I told my friend, I love you. I love the father that you are. I love this text you sent me. Your girl, my girl, all the little girls, that’s what gives us hope.

With nothin’ but love, Michael W. Leach

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Ali Shook Up The World

June 10, 2016
Ali Shook Up The World

He was a generation before my time, but growing up in my house, Muhammad Ali was a religion.  He’s a transcendent figure whose courage and charisma truly shook up the world. As a kid in Chicago my dad fought, Golden Gloves, so I grew up on the sport of boxing.  Though I never saw an… Continue Reading

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Swimming Into Positive Visualization

April 4, 2016
Swimming Into Positive Visualization

Every Sunday morning I head to the pool for a rendezvous with 2,000 meters of water. Like all of life, some days are easier than others. On brilliant bluebird days like yesterday in Bozeman, it’s hard to go inside to swim, but yesterday, like all days, I emerged better for it. Swimming is my anti-depressant.… Continue Reading

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Because It Matters

April 3, 2016
Because It Matters

If you want to write, write. If you want to create, create. If you want to inspire, inspire. That is SUN pouring in the window at Sola Cafe. It’s a glory day in Yellowstone Country after a week of daily snow flurries. I rose early as I do every Saturday and busted out an upper… Continue Reading

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Love+Courage=Grace

March 25, 2016
Love+Courage=Grace

I’ve always loved the word grace. It simultaneously conjures up elements of fluidity and stability. A way of moving and a form of prayer. A symbol of respect and a gesture of generosity. To move with grace signifies finesse and to interact with grace represents an act of kindness. When we live with character and… Continue Reading

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Throw Like A Girl

March 23, 2016
Throw Like A Girl

I’m really excited to share my freshest “Love, Dad” column from Montana Parent. This piece is near and dear to my heart and it’s a little teaser for my next big project, a girl power/anti-misogyny manifesto. I’m a big believer that we should all be feminists, championing the cause and advocating on behalf of our… Continue Reading

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Love and Basketball

February 25, 2016
Love and Basketball

From the time I was a little boy, love and basketball went hand in hand. As an adult, love and wilderness have been my drink of choice, but basketball has remained a passionate presence. Traveling around the country with my Yellowstone sermons and more recently with my Grizzlies On My Mind book tour, I’m often… Continue Reading

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STOP Being “Busy”

February 19, 2016
STOP Being “Busy”

When did “busy” become the word of the day?  Think about it. When was the last time you asked someone how he or she is doing where “busy” wasn’t part of their response? In a society that values self-sacrifice and hard work over self-examination and personal growth, “busy” is the Holy Grail, while self care… Continue Reading

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The Sun Will Shine Again

January 26, 2016
The Sun Will Shine Again

Sometimes all that life can throw at us feels like it’s just too much. That’s ok. It doesn’t mean we are weak or lacking, it simply means we’ve maxed out our coping skills and need to step back enough to regroup and redirect our energy. Overwhelm in today’s world is natural. Don’t let the charlatans… Continue Reading