Family Filter
  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. “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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Inside the Mind of a Gender Creative Boy

    Lori Duron’s 10-year-old gender creative son: “I’m a boy who likes girl stuff. I don’t even like calling it girl stuff and boy stuff. There shouldn’t be girl stuff and boy stuff; it’s all just stuff.”

    Family
  12. What We Don’t Eat

    Jess and Graham’s aging Rhodesian Ridgeback, Bromley, has been a difficult dog to get close to: “she’s a miserable, loveless creature with no need to please anyone.” But after a bone cancer scare, they finally figure out how to love her.

    Animals
  13. Goodbye Piper

    Dementia took the mind of Bruce Jenkins’ mother, but it could not erase their shared love of words. “Take a book, and read to her just as she read to you.”

    Books
  14. If Honeyfunds Were Realistic

    From Lactaid Fast Act Chewables to “one year of marriage counseling,” Marika Malaea gives honeymoon funds a more prosaic (and hilarious) spin.

    Family
  15. Parent Co.

    With equal doses of information, inspiration, and opinion, Parent Co. is a modern parenting site that caters to families with children of all ages, genders, and needs.

    Diversity