Don Blackwell
Miami, Florida

Bio: I am and, for the past 32 years, have been a trial attorney in Miami, Florida. I attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, where I graduated with a B.A. in English in 1980. I then attended the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, where I earned my J.D. in 1983. I have been married for the past 34 years and have two adult children, Greg (29) and Ashley (27). At various times, I also have been a little league baseball coach, the founder and principal organizer (for 10 years) of a charity golf tournament benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, an adjunct Professor of Law (at Southern Methodist University, St. Thomas University and the University of Miami) and an award-winning author of 5 peer-reviewed feature articles that have appeared in the Florida Bar Journal. I also have authored 3 children's books, My first, The Bunt, tells the tale of a little leaguer's struggle to overcome his fear of failure. The second, Rounding Third, uses the volatile relationship between a perfectionistic father and his sensitive, but equally self-demanding son to explore the importance of learning from, rather than dwelling on our mistakes. The third, Todd's Story, which is not yet published, draws on the beautiful relationship between an accomplished young baseball player and his doting Down's Syndrome sister to illustrate the criticality of perseverance. This blog, however, arises out of my most recent book, Dear Ashley - A Father's Reflections and Letters to His Daughter on Life, Love and Hope (Imbue Press 2013), which is a compilation of life lessons learned in the midst of my daughter's struggle with a life-threatening illness. I hope you enjoy both the blog and the book and that you will take time to comment on my posts!

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