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I’m willing to bet good money that dads don’t often get together to discuss their fears, frustrations, and deep thoughts on parenthood. Which is why I surveyed a little over 100 dads across the country from vastly diverse backgrounds, political affiliations, religious beliefs, and age groups to find answers for us daughters, wives, mothers, and other fathers who may feel alone in what they think about being a parent. My husband is many wonderful things, a devoted father to name one, but an...

I recently walked into a store and almost right into a huge display dedicated to Father's Day. As the store so obviously intended, I stopped to look over the gifts for dads, but, while It was great to have a reminder that a day to celebrate dads was approaching, as I scanned the display I wasn't impressed. It had the typical t-shirts, barbecue sauces and grill supplies, coolers, some Swiss army type devices, grooming kits, neckties, and 'exciting' brain teasers. Seriously, it's like...

Becoming a father was like being transported into an alternate universe. A dimension alongside the one I’d always lived in, much the same, yet completely different. The first several months, my wife and I (mostly my wife) existed in a semi-conscious, sleep deprived state between the reality we had known, and the reality we had (after 9+ months of waiting) been thrust into.  Finding a few seconds, minutes, dare I say hours, of rest was like hunting down a unicorn. We learned quickly we...

  The Story Thus Far… After shopping at the hardware store, Lutreo, age 21 months, let me know he had to go “peepee”. In the parking lot, I whipped off his pants, said “psss psss pssss” and a stream of urine arched out and anointed the asphalt. A passerby glanced at us crouched between cars with a look of complete incomprehension before hurrying on.

When it was time to make a decision about the circumcision of my first son Jack, I felt that it was a no-brainer–he should be circ’d just like his dad. After all, how would I explain how our johnsons were different when he’s older? Its cleaner and anything else would be weird, right? My wife kinda put the ball in my court to make the circumcision decision but it wasn’t much of a decision at all... it was almost understood that he would be circumcised like his dad and so he was.

Photo: Laughing Coyote Project   On a colorful and crisp fall day, a group of children were practicing the skills of living close to the earth. One nurtured a fire, adding sticks to maintain a bed of hot coals. Two children were using the coals to hollow wooden containers, to be used as bowls. Deer hides were scraped over a beam, to be transformed into beautiful, supple buckskin. Several children were watching the meandering path of a caterpillar through dust, adding its unique trail...

I am sitting outside on my farm on a beautiful Indian summer day. A playful breeze is coming from the west. Fallen leaves lie scattered at my feet, the breeze causing them to whisper to one another. A magpie calls from a leafless willow, a chickadee whistles from a thicket. This morning a whiff of skunk swirled on the breeze, I saw raccoon tracks in the dust on our road, and vole trails in our field. I am surrounded by nature, and spend my time outside each day, connecting to the landscape...

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