boys – Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:11:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Children and pornography http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/02/24/children-and-pornography/ Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:56:35 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4302 Some of you might appreciate my latest essay for Good Letters. Others of you may not like it at all. Maybe it’s proof that I’m no less angry today than I was ten years ago, when some of you first started reading my little missives. I’d like to think I’m angry about more important things …

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Crafted http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/12/09/crafted/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/12/09/crafted/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 04:17:34 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3738 My mother died while I was at the beach and so while my children spent their days on the shore, I spoke by phone with the many professionals who position themselves between the living and the dead. My thirteen year-old wanted to build a sandcastle. He has so many preoccupations these days, perhaps chief among …

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A boy grows http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/02/12/a-boy-grows/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/02/12/a-boy-grows/#comments Sun, 12 Feb 2012 17:01:21 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3365 Yesterday was Stephen Caleb’s birthday. He’s twelve, and there are now only 364 days between him and the onset of teenagerism, which I associate — at least among American kids — with sloth and self-indulgence, ignorance and idiocy and all-around brain malfunction, the latter now being scientifically proven at last. We are all of us …

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Good men http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/04/29/good-men/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/04/29/good-men/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2011 22:57:21 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3269 Someone told me recently, “You’re a good man, Tony.” This made me think of a James Taylor concert I heard about once.┬áIn the hush between sets, someone in the audience shouted, “I love you, James!” Taylor stepped to the microphone and replied, “That’s because you don’t know me.” Do you ever feel some days that …

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The good in them http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/04/10/the-good-in-them/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/04/10/the-good-in-them/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2011 04:38:33 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3264 I didn’t mean to be gone this long; the hours piled up into days and then weeks, and once again I was a negligent blogger. Sometimes I think there should be a social services hotline for blogs, to have them removed from the homes of people like me. I’m talking about people who let our …

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The Loughner boy’s eyes http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/01/11/the-loughner-boys-eyes/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2011/01/11/the-loughner-boys-eyes/#comments Wed, 12 Jan 2011 04:31:20 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3208 When young men take up guns and set about killing to satisfy whatever dark insanity has possessed them, I think of my sons. I think about the world in which they walk, a world that is physically safer than most people have ever known, but which is singed by the devil all the same, and …

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On the giving of thanks, stomach viruses, and giant Christmas ornaments http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/11/26/on-the-giving-of-thanks-stomach-viruses-and-giant-christmas-ornaments/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/11/26/on-the-giving-of-thanks-stomach-viruses-and-giant-christmas-ornaments/#comments Fri, 26 Nov 2010 17:40:11 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3087 Yesterday we cooked and cooked and cooked, and ate and ate and ate, and it was delightful, even the cheesy squash casserole that makes my children instinctively gag just from looking at it. Especially the squash casserole, you little ingrates. My friend Johnny Utah, newly paroled, spent Thanksgiving with us. In order to make up …

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Render thy car seat unto… http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/10/12/render-thy-car-seat-unto/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/10/12/render-thy-car-seat-unto/#comments Tue, 12 Oct 2010 15:42:26 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2741 Six year-old Isaac had a running argument with three year-old Isaiah for a few weeks, on the question of who owns Isaiah’s car seat. Isaac, more than any of my other children, has seized on the God trump card in arguments. “You’re not the boss of me,” he will declare to one of his older …

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Nerf war http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/10/09/nerf-war/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/10/09/nerf-war/#comments Sat, 09 Oct 2010 19:58:10 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2728 A gymnasium strewn with upturned tables for barricades, a child-hearted husband and wife instigators of the fracas. Boys with single-shot pistols, automatics, rifles, rocket launchers, gathering to compare armaments. The older ones show the younger how to modify their weapons for greater velocity and range. Foam rounds fall from their pockets and collect around their …

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Memo to the NCAA http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/03/28/memo-to-the-ncaa/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/03/28/memo-to-the-ncaa/#comments Mon, 29 Mar 2010 01:23:46 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2300 Perhaps it’s a new phenomenon, or perhaps I’m becoming more curmudgeonly, but it’s gotten that I cannot abide watching the aftermath of NCAA basketball games. It’s almost a certainty now that, in the event of a close game, at least one player on the losing team will wallow about on the floor, covering his face …

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