Welcome to Total Dadass! Glad you’re here. I’m James, and I guess since you’re on this page, you want to know a little more about me. So, here goes nothing.
Why did you start a dad blog?
It’s meant to be more of a guy’s lifestyle blog than just a dad blog. That said, I definitely focus more on my family than my work, my hobbies or anything else. At the end of the day, they’re what’s most important.
Total Dadass is meant to be a resource for the “family man”—husbands and dads who want to grow closer to their families and maybe even find a cool DIY or some good grub to try.
I’m married to the only woman I’ve ever loved, my high school sweetheart. We’ve been together for 21 years now—since high school, and we’re both in our late 30s. She’s a work at home mom, and you can find some of her blogs here and here.
We have one son, and he’s the funniest kid I’ve ever known. (I realize I’m probably biased.) He makes us laugh every day. We’d love to have more kids and are considering adoption in the near future.
A Little Background
I was born and raised in West Virginia and currently live in Virginia with my family. Growing up, my mom raised us in church and kept us pretty sheltered; my dad worked and drank. In the end, though, my siblings and I all turned out great, and that’s entirely in credit to my mother.
After graduating college where I majored in sociology and minored in social work, I worked as an in-home services provider for an organization that partnered with our local Department of Social Services. I worked in homes where children had been removed (or were on the verge of being removed) to help their parents improve their parenting skills and to serve as a mentor of sorts for the kids.
I went on to pursue a career in the criminal justice field a few years later.
Is this blog your job?
Nope. I still work in criminal justice. I’m a supervisor in my current role. I’m certified in hostage negotiations and SWAT. I’m the shield man if negotiations break down.
What do you do for fun?
Anything outdoors suits me just fine. I enjoy hiking, ATV riding, fishing, archery, shooting, knives and other typical “manly” things.