We don’t need fathers! …Or, do we?

By Zeke Pipher on May 25, 2016

My son is connected to my wife through strong, natural bonds. Her body kept his alive for two years. For his first nine months, her voice was the soundtrack of his universe, and it will always be a melody of…

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Why wait until you're a grandparent? Take your second chance NOW.

By Zeke Pipher on November 10, 2015

One of the common statements I hear today when I talk with grandparents is, “I’m loving this second-chance at parenting.” I’m all for second chances and for grandparents making the most of grand-parenting, but it seems that if we first-chance…

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Fatherhood, hunting, and fishing… too brutal to go together?

By Zeke Pipher on January 10, 2015

“I do hunt, and I do fish, and I don’t apologize to anybody for hunting and fishing.”  – Norman Schwarzkopf I started thinking about being a dad when I was in high school. Fatherhood… what could be more rewarding? Nothing. My…

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Fathers…Superheroes or Superzeroes

By Zeke Pipher on June 3, 2013

“Would you tell me about your dad?” That’s one of my favorite questions to ask another person. Few inquiries surface strong feelings quicker. I’ve had people respond by turning fifty shades of red. Some have sobbed with disappointment. Others have…

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Driven By Dreams – Men Living Well

By Zeke Pipher on May 3, 2013

Excerpt from Man on the Run: Dreaming is easy. The challenge lies in choosing the best dreams. In Ordering Your Private World, Gordon MacDonald recounts a conversation he had with his father. “Years ago my father suggested that one of…

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New Year's Resolution #1

By Zeke Pipher on December 31, 2012

Let’s make something other than body fat our focus in 2013. If you’re like me, you’re doing a lot of reflecting on your life this time of the year. As I think of my hopes for 2013, many of my…

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Slaying Dragons and Eating Peas

By Zeke Pipher on September 3, 2012

What my nine-year-old son hears: I’m going to be gone for about a week…so you’re the man on the house, Son. You’re the one to slay the Kraken if he’s released in our neighborhood. You’d better sharpen all your weapons,…

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Let Them See You Sweat

By Zeke Pipher on July 24, 2012

It’s strange what I remember from my childhood, and what I’ve forgotten. For example, I can’t remember a single birthday party from before I was six…but I can remember a commercial for women’s deodorant (Dry Idea, I believe) that ended…

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Does Your Family Want You Home?

By Zeke Pipher on July 8, 2012

“The kids…and I, to be honest…like it when he’s gone.” Michelle was at the end of her rope. She’d come in for advice on how to deal with her husband, Mark. As we talked, it became obvious that Mark’s presence…

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Laying The Smack Down

By Zeke Pipher on June 26, 2012

My nine-year-old son, Aidan, already has a few solid friendships. He and his buddies love to fish, hunt, swim, camp, catch snakes, and explore nature. But above all else, they love to wrestle. They remind me of a group bear…

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