“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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
A father's poetic awe at his elemental connection with his son, and the thrill he feels in witnessing this miracle of new life.
With the gift of a poem, a father marvels at the infinities embodied by his young son in this lyrical moment of parental reverence.
The imprint a father leaves on his child remains. Parker remembers his deceased Dad and the values he imparted with a poem.
Mysteries of an expanding universe and other ties to what makes a life worth living.
A longtime yogi sees fatherhood through the lens of the complementary balance of effort and ease, strength and softness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.