Accident at the Vitamin Factory, 1976

Worker

An injured man is forced to reassess his relationship to family and work in this moving poem from Jia Oak Baker.

An Open Letter to My Father: What It Means to Be a Man

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This is an open letter to my father, Marvin Jacobs, describing his character—and even more important, the actions he’s taken to demonstrate it through his life.

As A Separated Father, Did I Fail? Did I Succeed?

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Raising a boy when you’re not married to his mother is difficult, but sometimes it’s the right thing to do

Teaching My Boys By My Example, Not My Words

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We know that our actions speak louder than your words, but how much louder?

I’m A Transgender Woman, But Still Her Father

A timeless moment

Christine Connelly shares how family turned against her when she changed gender.

What Do You Do When Your Wife Is On A Spiritual Journey And You’re Not?

The key is on front of you.

Steven Lake faces the challenges his wife brings up through her spiritual practice. Resistance is futile!

5 Ways You May Be Damaging Your Son’s Reputation with Social Media

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Even before your sons have their own profiles, your online choices make a difference.

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Jan Clausen’s remembrance of her father reminds us that memory is complex and grief is never linear.

Why I Stepped Back From Building My Dream

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Jason Pockrandt stepped into fatherhood by stepping back, at least for now, from entrepreneurship.

How My Business Saved My Life

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After several miscarriages, they found peace and a way to move forward. — Have you ever experienced deep loss in your life? A loved one dies and you are set adrift in an ocean of your thoughts. You search for a memory—some meaning—or anything you can to bring you back to shore. I almost kept floating. For […]

Making Mistakes Doesn’t Make You Less of a Man

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His grandfather taught him how to be a man. His death left him questioning himself. — I called him “Papa” growing up and idolized him when I was a kid. Not so much during my teenage years—of course, Papa was “unhip and uncool” then. However, sometime in my twenties I regained my senses and a […]

How Could I Not See

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Lauren Camp recounts a woman’s tender moment with her father-in-law, bonding over Emily Dickinson.

The Perfect Dad and Newborn Moment

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If you’re looking for 60 seconds of pure rapture, this is it.

The Readers (after Robert Hayden)

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Recalling Robert Hayden’s classic poem “Those Winter Sundays,” Philip Clark presents his own remembrance of a father and his sacrifices.

Inspiration Unpacked: You Don’t Have to Do it Alone

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Together we stand. And laugh. And love. And learn. And sometimes break down and cry. Together.

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Maura Alia Badji’s poem about a sister, a brother, and a jock strap is funny and, in a surprising way, tender.