BY Lily Percy August 01, 2016

“When I'm running, I'm in my body, with all of its limitations but with all of its capabilities at the same time.” Mike Stavlund wrote "A Force of Will" about the death of his four-month-old son. “Running became a metaphor for my life,” Mike says.

BY Sam Yang June 18, 2016

Often the most valuable lessons are fathers' teach us are the ones we didn't realize we were learning. A son of Korean immigrants expresses gratitude for a lifetime of tough-love education from his wartime father.

BY Lily Percy June 10, 2016

“You're running often side-by-side, or one person in back of the other, rather than looking somebody in the eyes as you're being vulnerable with them.” John Cary is an architect, a father, and a marathon runner. For him, running is a spiritual practice.

BY Jane Gross May 17, 2016

A former sports writer, Jane Gross revisits a lifetime of rubbing elbows with our greatest athletes, from Joe DiMaggio to Muhammad Ali. Wisdom from the stadium press box on the humble, human face of fame.

BY Trent Gilliss April 26, 2016

We lost a beloved cultural icon last week, and his life of work has inspired an outpouring of love in music and story. Celebrations of Prince's life accompany praise for standing up together, in support of our strengths and growth from moments of weakness.

BY Fleda Mask Jackson February 06, 2016

A song of hard-working shipyards inspires the daughter of an African-American railroad man to honor her father, a man whose quiet strength fueled both his work and his love for family. A testimony to labor and providing for future generations.

BY Chris Martin December 17, 2015

A father's poetic awe at his elemental connection with his son, and the thrill he feels in witnessing this miracle of new life.

BY Chris Martin November 25, 2015

With the gift of a poem, a father marvels at the infinities embodied by his young son in this lyrical moment of parental reverence.

BY Parker J. Palmer July 22, 2015

The imprint a father leaves on his child remains. Parker remembers his deceased Dad and the values he imparted with a poem.

BY Trent Gilliss July 07, 2015

Mysteries of an expanding universe and other ties to what makes a life worth living.

BY Rachel Meyer July 04, 2015

A longtime yogi sees fatherhood through the lens of the complementary balance of effort and ease, strength and softness.

BY Omid Safi July 02, 2015

Feces can be a powerful thing, but not in the way that you might gather. Before becoming a father, Omid Safi thought love was something you feel or experience, the everyday ritual of changing his daughter's diaper taught him about a love that's stronger than shit.

BY James T. McDeavitt June 22, 2015

With nine out of ten family dinners, little of consequence occurs. But, during the tenth mealtime, something sparks. A father's case for the unscheduled magic of the family dinner.

BY Matthew S. Rosin June 21, 2015

A father of young children contemplates the messages and the survival skills passed from father to son on how to live with the burdens and the suffering of human life.

BY Bart Erbach June 21, 2015

What training did we give to our fathers? A reflection on inventing, rather than inheriting, the type of father a man wants to be — for himself and his children.

BY John Cary June 19, 2015

When the crush of a beige cubicle and endless meetings deaden creative impulses, a newborn baby girl prompts an explosion of creativity — and the celebratory, enthusiastic person the author's dream job had taken away.

BY Zubin Mistri February 22, 2015

The memory of a father weeping reminds a son how men often don't tend to grief well. But, by sharing emotions, fathers may be a key in helping boys grow into stronger, more compassionate human beings.

BY June 17, 2010

“Now men can have it all — a successful career and being a responsible daddy.”
—Birgitta Ohlsson, Sweden’s Minister of EU-Affairs and a mother-to-be