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

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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

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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?

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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

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

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 […]

All the Men Went

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

My Grandfather Died Today and My Heart is Broken

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The death of the man who raised him left Kimanzi Constable reeling with anger, regret, and yes, gratitude.

Night Train

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Jarrett Neal reflects on the heartbreak and alcoholism that so often attended black men from “the Jim Crow South” in this searing poem.

Ice Garden

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Dean Kostos expertly weds form and content in this poem–a villanelle–whose use of refrain and repetition reflects an old man’s movement through time and memory.

An Open Letter to My Grandfather

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His grandfather gifted him a legacy, taught him to love story, and to live a life without regrets, now he has to say “thank you” and “goodbye.”

How the Greatest Lesson I Learned From Baseball Became a Lesson for Success in Life

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A baseball story of a boy and his grandfather, of wilting in the pressure of great expectations, and of succeeding by learning not to be afraid to fail.

Moving Up the Generational Ladder: How My Grandfather’s Death Saved My Family

Moving Up the Generational Ladder: How My Grandfather’s Death Saved My Family

Kevin Sterling reflects on the profound personal lessons and inspirations he was able to glean from his grandfather’s long and storied life.

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Alex Gallo-Brown shares the difficult adventures of three generations of men in an Italian-American family.

“Is That Sheep Placenta I Smell?”: Remembering the Scents of My Grandfather

"Is That Sheep Placenta I Smell?": Remembering the Scents of My Grandfather

Writer Ian Stansel makes peace with the profoundly terrible stench of his grandfather.

The Day After Father’s Day

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Bruce Linton reflects on the ways he has been able to make a meaningful, connected life for his family.

Breaking Open

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Peter LaBerge writes tenderly about his grandfather and the mysterious powers that young boys sometimes attribute to their elders.