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  1. One More Christmas

    Blogger Ann is especially grateful to have one more Christmas with her beloved dog, Lucy. “And the fact that Lucy will get at least one more chance to find the special present that Santa Dog left under the tree will just make this Christmas that much sweeter.”

    Animals
    Photo by Ann Coleman
  2. Ellie on the AT

    Baby Ellie is the youngest person to thru-hike all 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail! She made the trip with her mom Bekah and her dad Derrick. Read all about their amazing adventure!

    Exploration
  3. The Death Project

    Susan Briscoe’s blog documents her life with advanced terminal cancer, and focuses on her belief that “it’s important to talk about death and dying in this society that tries so hard to avoid it.”

    Culture
  4. I Think, Therefore I Am Getting the Goddamned Epidural

    Western philosophy clashes with Rebecca Schuman’s birth plan in her hilarious, harrowing Longreads essay.

    Essay
    Illustration by Annelise Capossela
  5. This is my rock and roll love letter to you.

    Veteran blogger Angela has been writing Fluid Pudding since 2001. The warm, witty voice that has kept fans reading for almost 17 years is in full effect in this ode to her recently-demolished childhood home.

    Family
  6. The Problem of Pain

    As Leslie Kendall Dye suggests, pain is indeed inherited, but treating it as an affliction need not be handed down from generation to generation.

    Family
    Illustration by Kjell Reigstad.
  7. When Flood Waters Wash Up Memories of a Refugee Childhood

    “I couldn’t cry during the flood, but I did beg. Please God, just don’t let my kids lose their home. Because I know what it’s like to not be able to go home.” Anna left her home in the Soviet Union at age 7; her daughter Alma fled Harvey’s floodwaters at the same age.

    Current Events
  8. Hope Is The Light of A Smoke-Streaked Sun

    “The world is burning yet the sun still shines.” As Northern Califonia burns, Lisa depends on hope, family, and small moments of beauty to work through each day’s new series of disasters.

    Current Events
  9. His First Real Camera

    Like father, like son: Rob Moses’ love of photography has taken root in his son, Cameron, age six.

    Family
    Photo by Rob Moses
  10. “Your parents will . . . find a cemetery, one close by, so your Mom can visit you every day; pick out a nice four by eight foot plot, maybe beside a tree, and buy the only piece of real estate you will ever own.”

    Death
  11. The World of Disabilities in Relationships

    As Codi Darnell relates, when you’re confined to a wheelchair after a spinal cord injury, sometimes it’s others’ prejudices and preconceived notions that present the greatest challenge.

    Family
    Photo by Sasha Blaney Photography
  12. Behind the Big Top

    Photographer Ben Whitmore’s photo essay gives you a rare, behind-the-scenes look at Webers Circus, a family-run circus that travels around Australia for 10 months of the year.

    Culture
    Photo by Ben Whitmore
  13. One Phone Call Can Change Everything

    “A lot can change in the course of one phone call.” At Commode to Joy, Jamie Muscato writes about her father’s death, her strong bond with her brother Troy, and the call that changed everything seven years ago.

    Death
  14. The Uneasy Life of a Middle East Skeleton

    “So for those who knew, it must have been very strange that we have dead bones in our closet.” The Caspers are an American expat family in Cairo, Egypt. Jayson Casper tells the story of Max, the skeleton they’ve lived with, and explores a different view of death in Middle East culture.

    Culture
  15. While It Still Says Welcome

    Ms. Z sits in the waiting room at a Homeland Security office while her husband, who came to the US 15 years ago, has an interview — a fraught event at any time, but especially in the current political climate.

    Current Events