The Child, the Monster, and the Adult in Me

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In my quietest moments, my monster, my child, and my adult all feel that this might work.

My Dad Taught Me About Storytelling


John Trybulec’s father gets the last laugh about a 100-year-old trunk and its journey across the ocean.

Which is Better the Card or the Gum?

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Sean Croghan’s early confrontation with the things boys thought were cool.

Remembering Bridget


Stephen Parrish had an imaginary childhood companion. One he never completely let go.

Frankenstein At The Foot Of Paul’s and My Bunk Bed

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Even as a young boy, Sean Croghan had compassion for anyone, the scariest of monsters included.

OMG OMG OMG OMG! Tales of a (not-reluctant) fanboy.

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JJ Vincent knows that when he runs into a pop-icon he truly admires, he will end up being totally un-cool. And he’s cool with that.

My Dad and the Eternal Kite

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Adam Barr’s father comes through for him on grey cold day with a kite.

In Utero

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For Drew Diaz, trouble with alcohol began early.

What Happened When I Told: A Boy’s Sexual Assault Story

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The neighbor boy came into my room and asked if I knew anything about sex.

Oliver’s Pink Bike [Video]

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A three year old boy’s pink birthday wish makes a man consider the kind of father that he wants to be.

Helicopters in the Stomach

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A young Andy Bodle gets his first lesson in survival of the fittest.

Talking and Not Talking: Sexual Abuse and the Inability to Ask Questions

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My earliest memory is of wanting a grappling hook, so that I could climb walls like Batman. My boyfriend’s earliest memory is of being sexually abused.

Life Is a Lesson, Not a Test


Here’s to the girl who made me the man I am today.