When Does the Pain of Losing Someone Subside?

Losing someone dear is painful. Yet it is possible to find a piece of what has been lost and begin to heal.

The Men I’m Missing

A voice on the radio sent me on a trip down memory lane.

My Grandfather, The Illegal Immigrant

Why do I have to tell the Republican Party the opportunity immigration reform presents?

Living up to My Father-In-Law’s Expectations

Marrying into a family isn’t always easy. But for Barbara Abramson, a humble and kind man made it so.

How my Grandfather Saved my Life

We all have the potential to be anything in life— it is our decisions, the people around us, and their decisions, that shape our destinies.

What Can Prayer Do For You?

When his world was crumbling and darkness was knocking at his door he turned to an ancient practice for help.

My Dream: One Last Hunt With My Grandfather

If you could spend one last day with someone who’s passed, who would you choose, and how would you spend it?

Why I Just Want To Punch You In The Face

On the field he learned that violence was the way to deal with conflict. Off the field he had to learn a better way.

Currents

Ashley Inguanta and Sheila Squillante build bridges between past, present, and future in this jointly-written poem–a first for the Good Men Project!

What Was He Like?

My grandfather made mistakes. He abandoned people who needed him, he alienated people who loved him, but he taught me one important thing — not to have any regrets.

Surviving the Stresses of Life, A Dad Discovers His Own Father Did Pretty Well After All

Jeff Jackson strives to live up to the standards of being a “good dad,” and does the best he can. As he ponders what that means, he realizes his own dad was pondering the same thing.

4 Things I Learned About Life After My Grandfather’s Suicide

Despite its brutal tragedy, there are important lessons to be learned from a grandfather’s beautiful life and death.

How Do We Find Perspective in the Wake of Tragedy?

His grandfather was his hero. When he was diagnosed with cancer, he was crushed. When he committed suicide, he was broken. Here’s how he healed.

Upon Hearing that My Grandfather Would Like to See More Tears

Brian Baumgart goes to a darkly reflective and emotionally honest place in this poem.

Making Mistakes Doesn’t Make You Less of a Man

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 […]

All the Men Went

In this remembrance of a grandfather, Charles Bane Jr. writes of coal mines and light, death and the sublime.