My Father Wanted His Memorial Service at the Tavern

After a lifetime of avoiding his family, she realized he made his home behind the bar.

I was Raised in East Hollywood, and I’m Okay with That

One youth’s honest explanation of his relationship with where he is from.

Why No One Heard My Cries For Help

He never cried for help until he wrote a poem that no one heard. How can kids like him get the help they need?

Finding Peace With My Father’s Memory at Thanksgiving

Moving from feelings of abandonment to forgiveness wasn’t easy, but embracing compassion and gratitude made it worth the journey.

A Lesson in Fatherhood from Mister Rogers

What a lunchtime walk with Mister Rogers taught me about love, courage, integrity, and fatherhood. —- We stepped outside the studios of WQED into the warm sunshine. Fred Rogers—wearing a navy blazer, bow tie, and his signature blue sneakers—looked at the sky and then to me and said, “Let’s leave the car and walk to […]

The Invisible Daddy Asks “How Long Will You Refuse to See Me?”

The invisible daddy is one who wants to be visible, but others deny his existence. Here is the plea from one such dad.

An Open Letter to My Grandfather

His grandfather gifted him a legacy, taught him to love story, and to live a life without regrets, now he has to say “thank you” and “goodbye.”

How to Answer When Your Son Asks “Where’s Dad?”

All children from various types of families can benefit from having dad around, but when he’s not, it isn’t always easy to explain why.

Every Son, Please Get Your Father To Watch This Video With You

Father where are you?

Dear Dad: A Letter to the Father I Never Met

Christian Clifton thinks about the impact an absent father had on his life — and finds peace in forgiveness.

To Each Their Own Taste

As a chef, Jarad Dewing wishes his children weren’t such picky eaters. But he’s learning to adjust.

On Behalf of the Father I Barely Knew

Samuel Autman “trades ashes for beauty” in his haunting recollection of the father who came in and out of his life and then was gone.

Apologies to a Daughter From an Absent Father

Pete Wilson writes a poem to his daughter whom he hasn’t seen in three years.

A Modern Indignity

When David Perez was 11, he had two stated goals: to become president of the United States, and to meet his father. Thanks to LinkedIn, he’s halfway there.

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The Drill Instructor and the Lonely Boy: A Powerful Video

There is a lot to be said for discipline, and even more for positive male role models. This video has both.

I Don’t Know What It Feels Like to Love a Father. (But It Only Takes a Generation for Things to Change.)

Joni Kanata could never connect with her distant, absent father. But she’s learning to see the love of a father through the eyes of her sons.