A special father lost his life over the weekend, and that loss brings great sorrow to not only to the wife and two young children who loved and cherished him as only family can but also to hundreds of other fathers who made up his extended family, virtual and IRL, in the dad blogging world. Oren Miller of Owings Mills, Md., author of the blog A Blogger and a Father and the founder of the "Dad Bloggers" Facebook community of more than 1,000 fathers strong, died Feb. 28 after a nine-month battle with lung cancer. He was 42. He is survived by his wife, Beth Blauer, and his children, Liam and … [Read more...]
Editor's Note: City Dads Group has again joined with The National At-Home Dad Network, Dad 2.0 Summit, the Life of Dad network and dad bloggers everywhere this month to raise money and awareness of men's health issues through Movember. We do this by growing mustaches to serve as a living "ribbon" we wear with pride. Philly Dads Group co-organizer Chris Bernholdt writes about why he participates. It comes in scraggly and multicolored. If it were part of a forest, it would be the sparsest in woods -- the veritable Charlie Brown Christmas Tree of mustaches. I can go for days without anything … [Read more...]
I attended my brother’s funeral recently. Cancer took him, just as it’s taken other members of my family and just like it tried to take me. While I stood there, trying to comfort my family members and reflecting upon my own memories, I couldn't help but reflect on all that cancer has taken from us – some of the strongest and most vital men and fathers I’ve ever known (right along with our mothers, sisters and children). It’s easy to say that we’ll take a stand right now – to end cancer, and I do believe it’s important to aggressively pursue better diagnostics, treatments and life-long … [Read more...]
Oren Miller, the man behind A Blogger and a Father and a good friend of City Dads Group, recently received a diagnosis of Stage 4 lung cancer. The cancer has spread to his liver and brain. The prognosis is not good. Oren, who founded the popular Dad Bloggers Facebook group, wrote about the devastating news with unbelievable grace and – to properly use a word often tossed around when bloggers make online admissions – bravery in a post simply titled Cancer. Several of Oren’s friends got together to try raise $5,000 to pay for him and his family to take a vacation together. The funds came … [Read more...]
Ham's brutally honest and revealing storytelling in Laughter, Tears, and Braids that makes this book so memorable.
One of the situations anyone who has a spouse or partner fears most is the loss of said spouse or partner. This situation is exasperated when there are children involved. This is what unfortunately happened to Bruce Ham.
In his harrowing, yet inspirational book, Laughter, Tears, and Braids: A Father's Journey Through Losing His Wife to Cancer, Ham shares just how challenging losing one's spouse at a young age can be. It … [Read more...]