Love Survives

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About Tom Matlack

Tom Matlack is the co-founder of The Good Men Project. He has a 18-year-old daughter and 16- and 7-year-old sons. His wife, Elena, is the love of his life. Follow him on Twitter @TMatlack.


  1. Fantastic photography. Fantastic interview – gorgeous, vulnerability and REALness! Thank you so much for this!!

  2. David Wise says:

    Some people have great resiliency. That’s an amazing quality to have.

  3. Omer Jilani says:

    Great piece!! I am forwarding this to a friend who went through a similar situation last year and is now raising his 3 young children on his own.

    God bless you Ron. I cried while reading this and thinking about my wife and 3 young kids and I am so happy that you have found love again. I’m sure Lisa is smiling down on you and Kiki and watching over you guys.

    Thanks to you and GMP for giving me some gratitude to start my work day.

  4. What a wonderful piece, and the photos you included are beautiful. The one with the low stone wall stretching off into the horizon seemed to say what so many words can’t about losing someone you love.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go find my wife and squeeze her for about 15 hours.

  5. @tshaka_zulu says:

    I’m speechless. What a compelling story! Thank you.

  6. OMG! Beautiful story and photos!

  7. Beautiful piece. This is actually one of my biggest fears – to drastically lose the one I love. I, too, look for the good in “bad” situations. I’m glad Lisa left memories for you and Kiki. It’s almost as though she knew her time was limited.

  8. Encore!

  9. Really moving peice. Thanks for sharing.


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