US Army First Lieutenant Todd W. Weaver wrote a letter to his wife and his baby daughter to be read in event of his death. His wife Emma found the documents on his computer when he was killed in September 2010 by an IED during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. The letters are achingly sad and poignant reminders of the great sacrifice being born by our military and the need to cherish the ones we love in our lives, whether you’re a solider or civilian.

Weaver's widow had the letters superimposed on pictures of she and their baby.

Dear Emma

Dear Emma:

Well if you are reading this, I guess I did not make it home and therefore, I was not able to remind you again of how much I love you. I love you so much baby and I will always love you. Although I may not be here right now, take comfort in the fact that I am watching over you right now. I am not gone and I will always be with you in spirit. I know this time must be hard for you but I also know how strong you are. Never forget that God knew what was best for us before we were even born. Take comfort in that. This happened for a reason. Although you may not believe it now, you will one day.

I want you to know just how important you are to me. I could not ask for a more caring, beautiful and loving wife. The memories that we have shared over the last few years have been the best of my life. Although it may seem like my life was cut short, I lived a life that most can only dream of. I married the perfect woman. I have a beautiful daughter that amazed me every day. I even had two great dogs – at least most of the time. I couldn’t ask for anything more. If you feel sad, just think back to the memories that we shared. Look at our daughter and how beautiful she is.

Be strong for her. Remind her about her Daddy and tell her that I loved her more than anything else in the world. Her birth was the best day of my life and she was the best thing that ever happened to me. Her smile and laughter represent all that is good and beautiful in this world.

Tell her that Daddy is in heaven now and will watch over her and protect her every minute of every day. I love you Emma. But never be afraid to do what you need to do to be happy. It is so important that you continue to find happiness in your life. Although you may think this is impossible right now, have faith.

Much better times are coming. You and Kiley have a wonderful life ahead of you and I am so happy to have shared some of it with you.

I love you.
Your loving Husband,
Todd

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Dear Kiley

Dear Kiley, My Sweetie:

Although you may not remember me, I want you to know how very much your Daddy loves you. I left for Afghanistan when you were 9 months old. Leaving you was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. You are so very special to me sweetie – you are truly a gift from God. The best day of my life was the day you were born. Every time I saw you smile my heart would just melt. You were my sweetie – my life was not complete until you were born.

I am so sorry I will not be able to see you grow up. But remember, your Daddy is not gone. I am in heaven now smiling down on you every day. You are so very lucky to have such a wonderful Mom to take care of you. Make sure you are good for her and help her out whenever you can. Always remember to say your prayers at night and be thankful for all your many blessings. Never forget how important and special you are to so many people. We love you so very much. When you get older and start school, do your best and try to learn as much as you can about the world you live in. Always be nice and caring to others and you will discover that the world will be nice to you. But when things aren’t going your way, never forget that God knows what is best for you and everything will work out in the end.

You have such a bright and beautiful future ahead of you. Have fun. Enjoy it. And remember, your Daddy will always be proud of you and will always love you. You are and will always be my sweetie.

With very much love,
Your Daddy

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Among the Irish Traveller community a feud between three families has been brewing for over a decade. How do they decide to settle it? By stepping to the line for some bare knuckle boxing. There aren’t any rounds. The fights end when one man gives up or is knocked out.

Epic themes of honor, family, and revenge take center stage in this brutal documentary.

Knuckle was a big hit at Sundance and is set for release on DVD on August 29th. Watch the trailer.

Knuckle – Out Now in Cinemas, On-Demand and Download / On DVD August 29.

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Antonio Centeno, who has been writing top-notch style articles for us for the last three years, will be going back through the archives and making a video for all of his old posts for those who’d like him to personally walk you through the information.

This first one is on The Importance of Being a Sharp-Dressed Man:

For more style info, check out Tony’s own style blog: Real Men, Real Style.

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Last week we held a giveaway for a handmade, Made in America Mountain and Sackett tie. 2,456 of you entered to win. We randomly drew one of the comments as the winner, and that lucky man is:

Danual Allen of Seattle, WA.

Everyone who entered the contest should have been emailed a discount code for 20% off any purchase from Mountain and Sackett. The discount code is good until August 1.

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Billy Goodman.

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In The Colbert Report’s regular feature, “Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger,” Colbert razzed the new razor from Schick, which touts itself as the first scented razor for men. The handle of the razor is scented with “notes of spearmint, citrus and rosemary.” A New York Times article about the release of the razor quotes a Schick exec as saying she hopes that for young users, “the scent provides an additional linkage with this razor that strengthens their bond with it. Scent is so evocative, and as they grow older we want this scent to be kind of another anchor that’s in their brain for this razor.” Addicted to the scent of your razor! Could it happen to you?

Colbert’s skewering of this rather unnecessary product (it puts the “chick” in Schick–sorry, couldn’t resist) is quite funny. You have to watch the video on Comedy Central’s site.

 

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While serving in Afghanistan, Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry, who had already been shot through both legs, saved his men when he picked up a live grenade that had landed by him and his fellow Army Rangers, and threw it away. It detonated as he threw it, amputating his hand. For his heroic actions, Petry was awarded the Medal of Honor, becoming the second living man to receive it for service in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

From CNN.com

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I enjoyed this video as it really gets to the heart of the importance of Master Mind Groups; oftentimes, great ideas are born when two people who have a hunch come together and form one whole idea.

Check out the other videos from RSA Animate. They’re always both interesting and strangely soothing at the same time. There’s something relaxing about a dry erase marker I guess.

Hat tip to Eric S. for the link.

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