You can’t buy Christmas spirit, but you can make it.
Robert Barsanti teaches in the Berkshires and is the father of two boys. You can follow his Twitter feed here.
Robert Barsanti gives a eulogy for a local man killed in a hit-and-run accident—a man who, in another life, could have been him.
In our age of terrorism, we have become a nation of lifeguards. When tragedy hits, Americans have learned to open their doors instead of closing them.
When Bob Barsanti was his eldest son’s age, his adolescent ego was stoked by shoveling snow: a modern John Henry against the snowplow. That was then…
“I piled up his clothes, vacuumed his floor, and got rid of the flotsam and jetsam of an unclicked mind.” Robert Barsanti takes his father to the hospital.
Emerson wrote that a hero is no braver than any other man, but he is braver five minutes longer. Robert Barsanti suspects it is the same with successful marriages.
To his old girlfriends, Robert Barsanti’s father would always be Romeo. But for Robert, Benito was Lear.
Robert Barsanti wishes he had eaten more cake, kissed more women, and seen Sarah Vaughn when he had the chance.
Robert Barsanti reflects on his father, the skier. “Every other role was a costume he wore in order to get into the car and drive north to snow and slopes.”
Hats off, slide the chair, hold the door. Robert Barsanti reflects on traditional gender roles, and how, in the end, a man does
Fifteen years after her death, Robert Barsanti’s mother still helps him through difficult times “with the whisper of iron and the strength of bone.”
If we are going to change attitudes to gendered violence and women’s equality, school is a good place to start before the wider lessons of life.
Sarah Ann Winn sends the iconic “Good Witch” on a journey that is perhaps more important than the destination.
In another testament to animals personifying humans, a Grizzly Bear indulges their inner cub.
Transfer the wasted energy of jealously to something else, maybe how lucky you are to have a person who is so awesome you would hate to lose them.
Striving to be an Earth Mother Goddess isn’t particularly liberating. We seem to have replaced Doctor God with an equally demanding deity: Mother Nature.
When the child sits with a tree or a stone, they do not perceive one as animate and living whilst the other remains inanimate and devoid of life.
Mediation is the most sensible way to divorce, but when was your (almost) ex ever sensible?
We are programmed to fear our desires and treat them as alien invaders. So we create fetishized images and guilt.
If Hillary Clinton doesn’t become the Democratic presidential nominee next year, who could replace her?
The lessons we teach our daughters about dating will define their success.
Give yourself an edge on parenting tweens by learning about adolescent personality types and you’ll banish those “close encounters of the teenage kind.”
Ross Rosenberg helps us understand narcissistic codependent love.
Alex Yarde encourages his children to play dirty. And if yours do too, you can enter for a chance to win a grand prize trip to the World Series, plus a Maytag Top Load Washer and Dryer.
Jed Diamond can’t think of anything more important for the peace and well-being of the world than deepening the dialogue of what it means to be a good man.