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“Nobody Loves You Like Your Mama Does”

“She loves you. You could come home with snakes tattooed on your face and she still would see the good in you. Most great men were mama’s boys. She encouraged them long before anybody else could see any talent there.  Your mother is on top of the situation. Your father has a hard time remembering...

A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

Norman Maclean always had a complicated relationship with Paul, his younger brother by three years.  Paul was a drinker and gambler, often closer to chaos than Norman liked.  “I knew there were others like me who had brothers they did not understand but wanted to help.  We are probably those referred to as ‘our brothers’...


John Ames, a 76-year-old minister, dying from heart failure, writes to his son about how he has experienced life.  “See and see but do not perceive, hear and hear but do not understand, as the Lord says [Mt. 13:13].  I can’t claim to understand that saying, as many times as I’ve heard it, and even...

Home Before Dark

“The few times my male classmates did ask me for dates, they were met at the door by my father–transparently eager, instead of the stern, law-abiding parent they expected. He was positively euphoric with gratitude and relief. He thanked them profusely for asking me out and urged them to keep me out as late as...

“Here’s a Toast for the World’s Regular Dads”

My father never compared me to Gandhi. “My father never compared me to Nelson Mandela. I know that Tiger Woods’ father, Earl Woods, has compared his son to both those men. I know that Tiger’s father said in TV Guide last week that Mandela was one of the few people ‘as powerful as Tiger is.’...

Rich Man, Poor Man

The Jordache family, by the mother’s description: “The rich were out of her reach and the poor were beneath her contempt. By her reckoning, lazy and unsystematic as it was, she, her husband, and their three children were not a family in any way that she could accept or that might give her pleasure. Rather...

The Last Lion. Volume 1: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932

Randolph Churchill was terribly spoiled by his father Winston (who had been abused as a boy). Some abusees abuse, and some spoil. Winston was a spoiler. Randolph, thus, “was a grim prospect for any bride, or, indeed, for anyone who crossed his path . . . . The constitution of one club had actually been...