Dolly Parton on the cover of ManDad Magazine! – Issue 11 OUT NOW.

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Editor’s Letter from ManDad’s CEO – Issue 11… it’s all about Dolly & #DadStories.


Oh boy, are we excited for this Issue!

We are honoured and privileged to welcome a global superstar to the cover of ManDad Magazine. When we popped the question and Dolly said she “would be delighted” to appear, there was some jumping up and down, dancing, running about, high-fiving, and yes, a little bit of screaming at camp ManDad!

Dolly Parton is a living legend and both myself and my wife Sara (Creative Director) heard a lot of Dolly growing up. Sara was raised on country music in the valleys of California and I had a mother who used to play a lot of country music. Naturally, we were ecstatic when we got the news. Not only is Dolly a singing, acting, and writing sensation, but she’s a humble, spiritual, honest, and true human being who is also a businessWoman and an incredible philanthropist.

From donating to charity to setting up the Imagination Library which gifts millions of books to children every year, Dolly has also announced that anyone working at Dollywood Theme Parks and Resorts will have their education paid for, should they decide to go back to school. Wow! That’s 100% of tuition fees and books for over 11,000 employees. The Grow U program is available to full and part-time staff for diploma, degree, and certificate programs.

There is a lot of Dolly in this Issue! We’ve taken a look at her many projects on the go, including the recent release of Run Rose Run, a book co-authored by Dolly and James Patterson. And of course, there’s an album by Dolly to accompany the new novel. We take a look at past and present film and TV, as well as encourage you to get involved with the Imagination Library this National Share-A-Story Month.

This Issue centres around storytelling and so we’ve included several #DadStories. We hear from a couple of people who didn’t have a Dad in their life growing up, and from some Dads who are experiencing the highs and lows of parenting. Being a Dad isn’t easy. The more often we can share our own stories and read others, the more powerful Dadding becomes. Men, Dads, and society in general need to hear more from us and to understand how to support Dads and the Men who care for children. My thanks go out to those who contributed to this Issue.

What else? We’ve got your male grooming covered with 20% off at MANSCAPED, plus Yoga, American food, and our new In The Now Section – current affairs and important topics.

We’ve included Part IV of our Domestic Abuse/ Violence series and we’ve pushed Part II of our Masculinity piece to next month – we decided to save it for Father’s Day!

To contribute a #DadStory, email us – and title your message with #Story.

This month’s Issue is fantastic and I’d like to say a MASSIVE thank you to Sara who has worked her butt off to design yet another amazing publication, with the support of our new Layout Editor, Wendy Silvey. There’s a little bit of #GirlPower behind ManDad Magazine and I’m a very lucky guy to have them on my Team!

Be safe, be well, and ‘Do It Like A ManDad’ – #dilamd

Lordë De Laurentiis

Editor In Chief

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