237. If your mom calls you a smart alec, it's best not to respond, "I know I'm smart, but my name's not Alec."

238. If your mom promises you a spanking you will never forget, you really never will.

239. When your mom says, "I'll tan your hide," or "I'll paddle your canoe," you know she's not just inventing clever little figures of speech.

My name is Joe. I am a survivor and a good man. You can count on me.


"[Insert your name here], I am [Chain Breaker]. Do you see that I am your friend? Can you see that you will always be my friend?"
--Wind In His Hair, Dances With Wolves