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Dear Rhonda: Life Lessons from a Father to His Daughter Hardcover – April 23, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; 1 edition (April 23, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375508422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375508424
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Knowing that his job as a police officer in Maryland could take his life, Kornegay began writing a series of letters to his young daughter Rhonda. He collects them in this book. Beginning with "18 Things to Remember" (among them, "always do your best" and "love can make fools or geniuses of us all"), he then moves on to advice for his daughter on how to deal with racial inequality, changing the world and dating. Though personal (he refers to Rhonda's status as an honor student and the passing of her grandmother), Kornegay's advice will be useful to many younger adults, and a good reminder to older ones.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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With these letters, [Rhonda] will always know how I felt, what I said, what I thought she should do, and how to tackle a problem. With these letters, she should know I loved her enough to sacrifice my wants for her needs, enough to make the unpopular decisions that would make her dislike me for a little while, but thank me later, enough to be the father more men should be. ?from the Introduction

Demitri Kornegay has served as a police officer for almost two decades. Because of the nature of his profession, he knew that he could be killed in the line of duty at any time. And this knowledge forced him to wonder how he could ever properly convey to his daughter, Rhonda, all of the fatherly advice that he had accumulated over the years.

So Demitri started writing letters to Rhonda. In each letter, he tackled a difficult subject and ended up touching on everything from love and relationships to death to race relations, all the while encouraging his daughter to use his words as a springboard to develop her own life philosophies. When he read over the completed letters, Demitri realized that even though he had written them to his daughter, they really could be read and appreciated by anyone.

This collection of fatherly wisdom provides the kind of sound advice that anyone?young or old?can learn from.

1. You ARE special.

2. God has an important job for you, and everything you go through prepares you for it.

3. Everything will be all right in the morning; maybe not tomorrow morning, but one morning is going to come and everything will be all right.

?from the chapter ?18 Things to Remember?

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth M. Solka on October 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am facilitating a teenage group and this is exactly the kind of book that I was looking for. It is so beautifully written and relevant to today's challenges that I read from it often to the group in order to inspire these teens to see a bigger picture. Consequently, it inspires me too. It is small, but packed with the wisdom that their parents may not have had the time or the eloquents to express. Each chapter deals with an issue that effects teenagers. The title indicates that it was written for the author's daughter, but boy or girl could relate to these reflections.
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I just got the Bypass GR8 Pruner and I love it! Cuts branches/limbs up to opening limit like 'soup'…AND doesn't pinch my hand or get hung locked like the Fiskars I last bought from the Big Box store. I want a cut like the Bypass makes because it doesn't leave damage on the under side of the cut. And I like a lifetime warrantee.

I'm 70 years 'oldER' so I've been thru a few pairs of pruners...and have an antique like the GR8…but on our Cabin Farm this pair will be in my hand or on the dash of my truck.

Recommend.
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By Rhonda Wagner on February 23, 2012
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My name is Rhonda and I purchased two books. I wish that my faather had given me the advise this insidghtful father gives in this book.
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