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  • blessed

A Father’s Beatitude

Blessed is the father who spends time with his child, for he shall reap a garden of remembrances. Blessed is the father who gives consolation to his child's minor misfortunes, for he will be called on for great things in life. Blessed is the father who is proud of his child, for he shall have a child who is proud of his father. Blessed is the father who imparts love, for ...

By |2023-08-28T12:03:21+10:00August 28th, 2023|Dads, Children|0 Comments
  • peace

Fighting for Peace

What can one do to fight for peace? Get out in the street, march with your feet. What can you do if you oppose war? Lay down your weapon and fight no more. And if your politician is filled with hate, vote for the other candidate. For we really do have a choice if we speak out and raise our voice The sword will fall before the pen if we stand ...

By |2023-06-23T07:01:56+10:00June 18th, 2023|FAIRNESS & JUSTICE|0 Comments
  • gestures of love

Gestures of Love

Few poets have explored the weight and wonder of fatherhood like Andrew Lansdown. Over the years, Andrew has established a high reputation for his subtle, insightful poems about his wife and children. I have known Andrew Lansdown for over two decades. As a songwriter and would-be poet, I have long admired Andrew’s poetry and turn of phrase. Acclaimed poet and critic Geoff Page observed, “Lansdown has a very sincere and ...

By |2023-06-10T10:12:04+10:00June 9th, 2023|Dads, FAMILIES, GOOD BOOKS & VIDEOS|0 Comments
  • men in crisis

Men in Crisis

“Can you help me?” These were the words I first heard when I picked up the phone. “I can’t see my kids and I don’t know what to do. I feel like giving up and I am thinking about killing myself to shut off the pain.” The matter-of-fact way he said these words told me that this was no veiled threat, but a carefully considered option. Men don’t usually tell you ...

Gestures of Love – Fatherhood Poems

It is so hard to explain fatherhood and the many emotions it entails, but Andrew Lansdown, from Perth, has done a cracking job. His new book of poems called ‘Gestures of Love – the Fatherhood Poems’ is full of moments and emotions experienced by fathers the world over. Les Murray, arguably Australia’s greatest living poet, writes: “Many of Andrew Lansdown’s poems have to power to bless, to unsettle now with mysterious ...

By |2013-09-21T22:52:15+10:00September 21st, 2013|Dads|0 Comments

Celebrating Fatherhood this Fathers Day for all the Right Reasons

I know many men who feel uncomfortable with the attention that they get on Father’s Day. I guess for many years as a father, I was one of those. I was very hesitant to celebrate Father's Day. Many years ago I had the same negative attitude to Christmas Day, because of all the crass commercialism. I changed, you can too. As a man once said, “When you eat the chicken, make ...

By |2021-05-18T13:42:32+10:00August 24th, 2013|Dads, FAIRNESS & JUSTICE, FAMILIES|1 Comment
  • missing you in my heart

Right Here Waiting

Cup in hand, deep in thought, It's like this every day. And it twists my heart I know But there is no other way. I dream of you, there's nothing else, No picture I can see. To see your smiles and how you've grown Or how much of you is me. To hold you close, to hear you laugh, To put you to bed at night. To tell you things a ...

By |2021-06-29T12:03:41+10:00September 25th, 2005|SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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