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In a poem that some will find creepy and others will find darkly funny, Ann Clark reminds us that the people we love often hide secrets.

Walk to Sharpen Awareness

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Ghost thoughts on the campo trail tell us, “we can play” while awareness tunes in.

Every Man Has to Die

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Duncan Alldridge laments the absence of rites of passage that taught men that “death was the primary way to build or rebuild a real life.”

Is Our Existence Intent on Death?

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Mark Brook opens our eyes on a contemplative stroll of death, existence, and change.

Greg Buckley, Jr. 21-Year-Old Marine Lance Cpl. Murdered in Afghanistan

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Perry Brass’s elegy for Lance Corporal Greg Buckley, Jr. demonstrates the dark truth that, in war, one can’t always know who one’s enemy is.

9-11 and the Lingering Aftermath

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As we remember and honor all those who dies on 9/11, we must care and support all those still suffering from the resulting health and disability challenges

Raising Compassionate Boys: Letter from An Absent Father

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Kozo Hattori writes a letter to his sons in case he dies.

A Boy’s Bike

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Diane Lockward uses a seemingly mundane occurrence to make a powerful statement about personal loss and, perhaps, the current state of boyhood.

Roy Wasn’t A Perfect Man, But He Was a Good One. Here’s Why He’ll Be Missed

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“He wasn’t a perfect man, by any means, but none of us are and just as our good cannot wipe out our faults, neither can our evils wipe out the small kindnesses that mean so much,” writes N.C. Harrison.

The Day I Stood in the Command Tent Hearing of Your Death, Father

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Veteran Airman Nicholas Miele skillfully juxtaposes a personal rite of passage with a personal loss.

Joan Rivers: An Empowered Trailblazer

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To use her own words, Joan Rivers “succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.”

If Robin Williams Was Your Dad: A True Story

If Robin Williams Was by Amy Scher

Amy Scher’s father chose to end his own life. She’s proud of him, and she never judged his decision.

Veteran Actor/Director: Richard Attenborough, Dies Age 90

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The passing of an icon of cinema is marked today.

Performing Masculinity and Grief: a Death of My Own

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Randall Horton reflects on his own experiences with grief, and wonders why being a man is to be sentenced to a life bereft of emotional support?

Dancing While Lying Dead In The Street

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“You can lynch us or beat us or shoot us, but that will never diminish our courage. Our legacy as a tenacious people will remain.”

A Peaceful Dignified Exit, and to All a Good Death

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Death, a natural and unavoidable part of life, should be painless, peaceful, dignified and a celebration of the life that was.