fathers – Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Sat, 07 Apr 2018 17:41:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 The prodigal and I http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/02/19/the-prodigal-and-i/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/02/19/the-prodigal-and-i/#comments Thu, 20 Feb 2014 03:26:17 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4250 I passed through Wichita today, which was no small thing for me, because on every corner is loss. That is the place we took our children to see a game not long before we divorced. There is the building where I used to gather with men who were my friends. Here is the hospital where …

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Homecoming http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/07/03/homecoming/ Wed, 04 Jul 2012 01:09:09 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3417 Some of you may like my latest essay at Image Journal’s section of Patheos, “Coming Home to Fatherhood.” Here’s an excerpt: “Or perhaps it’s closer to truth to say that nearly everything we do, so long as we love our children, keeps us moving closer to the full heart-knittedness that we yearn for with anyone …

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A father’s waning day http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/06/21/a-fathers-waning-day/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/06/21/a-fathers-waning-day/#comments Mon, 21 Jun 2010 05:04:46 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2514 As I write, there are nine minutes left in Father’s Day, which is just right, given that every father I know feels like he has so much left to do, and just a scrap of time in which to do it. I’ve had two and a half lovely days at home, and tomorrow as well …

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We need more parents http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/01/29/we-need-more-parents/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/01/29/we-need-more-parents/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2009 16:02:52 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=1424 “The truth is that only men to whom the family is sacred will ever have a standard or a status by which to criticise the state. They alone can appeal to something more holy than the gods of the city; the gods of the hearth.”  (G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man)

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On the Dearth of Manhood http://tonywoodlief.com/2008/04/15/on-the-dearth-of-manhood/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2008/04/15/on-the-dearth-of-manhood/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2008 15:57:28 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?p=789 A new study argues that single parents cost American taxpayers $112 billion, in the form of welfare, education, prison, and other expenses. There’s also a pernicious estimate of foregone tax revenue, as if it’s unproductive fellow citizens that cost you and me, and not a cabal of Congressmen who spend our money like drunken New …

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A Father’s Day http://tonywoodlief.com/2007/06/18/a-fathers-day-2/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2007/06/18/a-fathers-day-2/#comments Mon, 18 Jun 2007 16:24:10 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?p=672 Father’s Day morning, the Wife brought me homemade blueberry muffins in bed. I sat reading short stories and eating blueberry muffins, and it was blissful. Soon I heard them conspiring outside my bedroom door, the little ones and their mother the ringleader. In marched a little troupe of celebrants, each bearing a gift. They perched …

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A Different Kind of Father’s Day Gift http://tonywoodlief.com/2007/06/12/a-different-kind-of-fathers-day-gift/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2007/06/12/a-different-kind-of-fathers-day-gift/#comments Tue, 12 Jun 2007 13:00:25 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?p=667 Rick Hilton needs a swift kick in the ass. That’s my opinion on the never-ending Paris Hilton spectacle. And while we’re at the butt-kicking, we can line up any number of successful businessmen, movie stars, and sports heroes who have neglected the fundamental duty of fathers, which is to train up our children in the …

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The Storm http://tonywoodlief.com/2007/03/29/the-storm/ Thu, 29 Mar 2007 13:43:17 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?p=633 The two younger boys crept into our bed in the black morning, driven by a snarling storm. They curled into me, shivering, as if I am a safe harbor. There is no keeping out the storm; this is what I thought. The cool peaceful evenings line themselves up between the vibrant days, and we forget …

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Terrible fathers http://tonywoodlief.com/2006/11/14/576/ Tue, 14 Nov 2006 18:37:27 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?p=576 I’m sitting in an airport restaurant near three men, three boisterous men drinking at 10:30 a.m. on a Tuesday. The oldest, who appears to be about thirty-five and dressed like he’s twenty, is instructing the others on the tragedy of fatherhood. “My advice,” he says, “is not to have kids. Or if you have them, …

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Daddies http://tonywoodlief.com/2006/06/03/daddies/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2006/06/03/daddies/#comments Sat, 03 Jun 2006 16:50:13 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?p=551 I found myself on a train to the Atlanta airport weeks ago. There was an aggressive panhandler in my car, the kind who stands right up in your personal space and holds out his hand while mumbling about money for food. He walked like a chicken, his head bobbing and feet shuffling as he went …

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