A Mermaid, a Goddess, and the Scent of Childhood

Night blooming star jasmine takes him back to childhood’s summer days of enchantment.

Are You Killing Your Child’s Childhood?

During hard financial times Keola wonders if his children are losing their childhood.

The Child, the Monster, and the Adult in Me

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?

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

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.

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

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

In Utero

For Drew Diaz, trouble with alcohol began early.

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

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

Oliver’s Pink Bike [Video]

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

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

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.