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Are things really better left unsaid?: The father-son dynamic is fraught with uncomfortable silence

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MINNEAPOLIS — From the time Steve Anderson was 12, his relationship with his father had no warmth, just a slow burn.

William Cope Moyers spent decades with his famous father’s stature as a “self-imposed burden” on the road to addiction.

As the adopted black son of a white father, David Martin grew up “somewhat an outsider even in my own home.”

These three sons have traveled different paths with their fathers, but each found reconciliation where there once was alienation.

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