Father as a sparring partner

I’m writing this on Father’s Day.  I just spent a week with my two young adult children, ages 29 and 22, who live in Illinois. I am now visiting my 85 year-old father. I am experiencing multigenerational paternal whiplash. I think my father was able to semi-retire from fatherhood within a few months of his […]

Men as Mentors

Mark Twain once observed that “at the age of twelve a boy starts imitating a man, and he just goes on doing that for the rest of his life.”  I suspect this is truer today than in Twain’s day.  There is no time or event that signifies a boy’s entrance into manhood.  Our culture provides […]