The Empty Laundry Basket—Sending the Firstborn to College

I find myself talking to friends who have already done this stage of parenting and telling them, “I’m not gonna be able to do this.”

The Leopard

Joy Ladin employs a stark, visceral metaphor in this account of an unforgettable childhood lesson.

What Don’t You Believe Anymore? (Call for Submissions)

As a person, parent, adult, or worker–what don’t you believe in, hold to, or trust anymore?

Be a Man and Make Your Life Worth Living

Sean Swaby reflects on what it means to take what you are given and make something out of it.


Dean Kostos uses the tight repetition of the ghazal form to create a powerful meditation on boyhood and growth.

It Happens to Men, Too

Women are the victims, and men are the aggressors. At least that’s how the story is usually told. But men can be victims too.

Children Love the Dumps

Much can be learned from detritus. For Stephen Scott Whitaker, the dump is where children can “study the worst of us.”

Daddying Up for the Kids

Why are dads more likely to see the value in a business conference than they are in a parenting conference?

Call for Submissions: Being Brotherly

A lot of focus is put on men as husbands, fathers and children. But let’s not forget the important role that men play as brothers.

My Son the Graduate

Diane Lowman reflects on motherhood and how boys become men.

Dear Son, About that Door in Your Bedroom …

A father asks for forgiveness… from his infant son.

Ben the Builder

A child’s love for building is a magical thing.

How Stories Help You Get What You Want in Life

Stories have a way of making us dream. But they can also help us let go and move on to what’s next.

Purpose, People, and His Unplanned Yet Examined Life

Sometimes we can’t find the purpose-filled life until we stop looking.

What’s Your Transitional Object?

Everyone had a transitional object when they were children. The thing is, we likely carry this same habit into adulthood. — Last year I had Bruce Van Horn on The Old Soul Podcast (you can find that episode here). One of the things we talked about on the episode was transitional objects. The main example […]

The 8 Stages of Becoming a Human Being

Sean Swaby has found that life is hard. It just is. But waking up is more fun than dreaming.