Our Blog

We are currently in the process of composing a full length book about our first 5 years.  The following blog entries will give you a good idea of what to expect between its covers:  humor, philosophy, theology, narrative, memoir and more.  It’s truly genre-bending.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll buy several copies and send them to your family and friends!

“Against the Wind”

The following is a journal entry inspired by Bob Seger’s song, “Against the Wind.” “There are a lot of odds up against me right now.  But I believe there are more odds for me.  I would say that the majority of the kids who go through a program... read more


  This is Jon again.  I thought I might write a short reflection on my experience here at the ranch now that my time at Whetstone is nearly at an end.   And as I write these words, I realize how sad the thought makes me.   I also realize how foolish it was for me... read more

It’s Hard But Good

This is not Axel. Sorry to disappoint any of Axel’s readers who clicked the link for some of his eclectic prose, but this is the summer intern at Whetstone, Jon. You may have read about me in the recent newsletter, but if you didn’t you really only need to know that I... read more

Lessons from “Elvira”

There is a website out there dedicated to preserving misheard lyrics.  Its name (kissthisguy.com) comes from the most infamous misheard lyric of all-time.  “Excuse me while I kiss the sky,” from Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze,” has... read more


We start each day at Whetstone Boys Ranch & Boarding School, by logging the number of hours we have spent working on three things:  health and fitness, agriculture and wood-working.   Because our program is residential, we can budget every hour to maximize... read more

Memorial Day

I think it might be cool to post a bit of the boys’ writing at the ranch each week.  It will be encouraging for all involved.  A real win-win. Many of you already know that I introduce music to the boys through my extensive and ever-expanding record (as in actual... read more

Running the Race

We were on the last leg our first group 3-mile run.  All three boys and two staff had set out to “hit pavement,” 1.6 miles from our driveway, and run back without stopping once.  The farthest that one of these boys had run before now, was 2 miles…with much... read more

God’s Green Thumb

This entry is for all of those who have asked us at one point or another, “Are you guys going to have a garden out there?”  Our answer has always been “Yes,” but now we can go one step further. We have a garden out here. If you have been following this blog for the... read more

Thoroughly Equipped

Whetstone Boys Ranch is intentional and proactive when it comes to character development – a goal that is expressed in our very name.  Like the purpose of a whetstone is to sharpen a knife, our purpose is to sharpen the mind, body and soul of each boy on our campus,... read more
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