Tag Archives: Father’s Day

Fierce Love

Thought for the Week I’m not a violent person. In fact, when I was studying method acting in college—the tap-into-your-feelings approach made famous by Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro—I had difficulty inhabiting a particularly violent role because I’d never … Continue reading

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Fatherhood and Beyond

Photo by Josh Willink Today is Father’s Day in the U.S. A day when I remember how imperfect my father was, and yet how good a father he was. Just as I know my children can say the former of … Continue reading

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On Being a Real-Life Dad

I confess, I’m cheating a little, since I’ve posted this short dad video before, along with some thoughts on my own dad. But, hey, I’m also a dad, and I’m busy being celebrated today. So just a brief meditation here, … Continue reading

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I Turned Out Like You After All, Dad

Suggestion: Read post below before watching video! My Real Memoir Even when he wasn’t there, Dad was there. He was an invisible presence, like gravity, that kept us from flying off into space. Mom celebrated me just as I was. … Continue reading

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Good Gifts

Early in the book version of Peter Pan, Wendy’s father is jealous of the family’s beloved dog Nana. He plays a mean-spirited prank on her. And then when the children are dismayed, he complains bitterly, “Much good it is my … Continue reading

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Perfect Love

“And he will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers.” ~From Malachi 4:6 (the final verse of the Old Testament) Happy Father’s Day!

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All That Matters

“Love is a perpetual motion machine, the only one that has ever been invented. The more you use it, the more it produces.” ~From the in-the-works novel Over-the-Rhine. “All that matters is faith expressing itself through love.” ~Galatians 5:6

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Love is Like That

Both of my kids were unexpected gifts. Nevertheless, when my first child arrived I fell instantly in love with her. So much so that I was afraid I could never love another child as much. I needn’t have worried. When Beth … Continue reading

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Father’s Dud?

Tomorrow is Father’s Day in my country, and I realize not everyone has had the kind of warm, wise, loving daddykins they can wax sentimental over. If that’s a little too close for comfort, I pray you’ve reconciled with your … Continue reading

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My Father’s Apple Trees

(See video below) My dad (lower right hand corner) was a compact kid whose four big sisters called him “Wee Willy.” But he was a scrapper. Bigger and tougher inside than out. At 15, he forged his parent’s signature and … Continue reading

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