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  • 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
  • Anzac Day

ANZAC Day: For the Fallen

While attending ANZAC Day dawn ceremonies just now, I was reminded of how little people understand the unknown/absent/single father from the poems that are read on ANZAC Day. I have re-written the originals slightly below, for those who are battling and those who have gone before, and for those who would like to understand the plight of the "unknown father" who daily still lays down his life. For The Fallen Laurence ...

By |2021-09-11T11:52:35+10:00May 3rd, 2004|SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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