Author Archives: messagestoourfathers

Teaching moments

Kristen Tsetsi, the author of the novel Homefront and the short-story collection Carol’s Aquarium, reveals how a father’s subtleties, added together, amount to something big: My father has the color hair I hope mine grays into when I’m in my … Continue reading

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Hard lessons learned

I got so caught up in the descriptions of Janet Muirhead Hill’s books that I neglected to see the essay she sent along with them. It’s just as well; it deserves to stand alone in its description of a father … Continue reading

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Dads and dragons

In each of the middle-grade and young-adult novels by Janet Muirhead Hill that have been published so far, there is a father — either missing and missed, (Miranda and Starlight, Kyleah’s Tree, and especially Danny’s Dragon, in which the missing … Continue reading

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King of the Hill

My friend Adrianne Hurtig, who originally posted this on her Facebook page, calls it “one of those odd memories that haunt an old mind.” While I disagree with the “old” bit, I thank her for allowing me to republish it … Continue reading

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‘I’m Sorry’

From Thief Creek author Jeremy Soldevilla: His milky eyes looked deep in mine.  Tiny pools of dampness welled in the corners. It had been that way for days, but this time something was different. He needed to connect.  “I’m sorry, … Continue reading

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A stepfather’s literary influence

Author Cheryl Anne Gardner pays tribute to her stepfather and his ongoing influence on her life and work: Of course, I would have to thank my stepfather for setting me off down the literary path. Sadly I didn’t get to … Continue reading

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Welcome to the site

Whether you have a story to share about your father or wish to anonymously post what you’ve always wanted to say to him, we’re here to contemplate these men and the way they shape our lives. Feel free to jump … Continue reading

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