“These snippets of a lifetime make me ponder on how vital stories are. How we keep people, traditions, habits, alive through words. I’ve heard you die twice. First your physical death. And then again, when there’s no one left to tell your story.”
Teaching My Kids to Survive in ‘Merica
A mom reflects on preparing her 12-year-old sons to fly alone, to grandma’s house in today’s America: “I thought we would at least get to girls before we got to guns. But this has been an extraordinary year, full of violence and bigotry.”
A very good dog
Lacy reflects on her aging dog, Una: “I know that summer and its fruit, like the life of a good dog, won’t last long. Or at least not nearly long enough.”
On Grief, Patton Oswalt’s Engagement, and “the Heart’s Expansion”
In a powerful viral post, Erica Roman — who lost her husband in April 2016 — replies to Patton Oswalt’s online detractors after the comedian (and widower) announced his recent engagement.
A Rainbow for Moonbeam
“I got to thinking:
Say something that will let her close that door and move on.
I got to thinking:
Say something that will let you close that door and move on.”
Musings from Terah van Dusen on her mother.
Summer Yoga Wisdom for Parents
Nicki on life lessons learned at hot yoga ” . . . look ahead, look beyond, look for something new. Where your eyes go, your body will follow.”
My Gender Creative Son’s First Pride
C.J., age 8, on his first Pride parade: “I liked the vibe. I liked all the colors. But, most of all, I liked all of the people. Nobody judges anybody. You can just be who you want to be. There should be Pride every week, because it’s so much fun,” he explained.
Sara Dorner explores feelings with her four-year-old daughter. “Missing is remembering. How we long is an interpretation of our own worth in this world.”
Lillian Ann Slugocki reflects on her brother’s death: “I bore witness, and believe me, this is infinitely more difficult because it’s acknowledging that you are helpless, and power greater than you is in control.”
Rye and Tuna Patties
A tale of two immigrants — one Indian, one German — and how a single can of tuna can nourish the body and the soul.
“I walk around like I have a lightning rod through me. I can’t sit because I feel like I should be doing something. I pace, and I’m short with the kids, and I picture my life without them all and I feel like my lungs will explode.” A fraught, bittersweet journey from foster to adoptive parent.
What Is It Really Like to Be Married to a Blogger?
Expat Panda is a South African expat blogger living in Kuwait. In a tongue-in-cheek post, her husband (Expat Fox) spills the beans on the challenges and rewards of life as the companion of a serious blogger.
Losing a Pet in an Autistic Household
On how an Autistic son copes with loss: “At last, he asked how I felt. A grief inquisition ensued. As if he knew emotion collapses me inward, Tyoma tugged and pulled each word out of me, like an invasive, but beneficial medical procedure.”
All the males in Neil Kramer’s family had an inherited muscular disorder — but none of them ever talked about it, or sought help. Neil breaks that pattern.
Daddy Coping in Style
E.C. Knox is a dad to two little boys, and you can learn from his mistakes. “Parents: I’m speeding up my ‘traveling with little kids’ travel series and jumping to the conclusion – little kids are the reason for all-inclusive Cancun resorts.”