10 Things I Want to Tell My Kids Before They’re Too Cool to Listen

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This week, my daughter turned 10, and two things occurred to me. The first was how the heck do I have a 10-year-old.

One of the First Bands I Truly Loved Is Breaking Up

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Christian Clifton laments hearing the news of the impending break up of one of his all time favorite bands; Anberlin.

Rock Salt Blues

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“I was almost killed by men with shotguns, on a raft, down a river.” Sounds like the start of a blues song to us.

Pitman Creek

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Venturing up a small stream in southern Kentucky, a middle-aged man re-imagines his father—and himself.

The Giver and the Price of Being Human

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The Giver is not just another movie based on a book for teens; it is an adaptation of a powerful story about the cost of living, a story that is experienced by everyone.

Raising Tiny Humans: You Don’t Know Jack

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Checking your clothes for poop-stains, never going to the bathroom in peace again—raising tiny humans is dirty work. Fouad Alaa reflects on the insanity (and joy) that is parenting.

How Being A Momma’s Boy Is Totally Bad Ass

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Himay Zepeda has been called a momma’s boy, and he totally digs that. Here’s why.

Long Meadow

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Three generations of men populate Todd Davis’s poem about sons and grandfathers, a reflective piece on the circularity of past, present, and future.

Rediscovering “With”

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Mark Boles took time this past Christmas to visit relatives in Italy. What he found there was more than family—he discovered a reintroduction to the feeling of “with.”

Unexpected Lessons From Jeff, Who Lives at Home

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Christian Clifton finds some great lessons in Jeff, Who Lives at Home. All it took was being willing to watch it more than once.

How Poop Taught Me To Be a Responsible Husband

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Ben Martin needed the rudest wake up call imaginable to learn to take responsibility for his actions in life and in his marriage.

A Dad’s Guide on How To Stay Engaged With Your Teenager

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They pretend they don’t want you there. Here are some ways to be there for them anyway.

A Dad’s Guide: How To Keep Your Teenaged Daughter Coming To You For Advice

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The teenage years don’t need to be a time of isolation and turmoil. It just takes adjusting to a different needs.

Six Feet From the Sun: Climbing Houses with My Father

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Ryan Rickrode reflects on roofing, writing, and wanting to be like his father.

Dear Daughter: Give Love Like It’s On Sale and Going Out of Style

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Robert Conway’s daughter is away at college. He needs to let her solve her own problems in her own way. And yet, there’s always love.

Why It’s Good To Be David: Malcolm Gladwell Takes On Goliath

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Many of us know the story of David & Goliath, with it’s beloved tale of an underdog coming out on top, but what if we have been looking at it all wrong?