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  1. The Problem with “Great Schools”

    “Why do ratings in general, and Greatschool.org’s ratings in particular, perpetuate segregation and resource hoarding?” Ali McKay at Integrated Schools take a closer look at the school ratings website, GreatSchools.

    Data
  2. A Comic About My Bad Ass Grandmother

    Lisa Lim creates a comic about her favorite matriarch in life, her grandma. It’s about a long Chinese tradition of loving boys over girls just because they’re boys. “It’s about a woman who scares the sh*t out of me, and the world, but who inspires me every day to be just as bad ass.”

    Comics
  3. Forgetting the Madeleine

    At Longreads, Paris-based pastry chef Frances Leech reflects on taste, memory, and literature’s most famous confection: the humble madeleine, immortalized in Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time.

    Cooking
  4. A Funeral and a Turf War

    The yellowed newspaper clipping Rita Byrne Tull found in a box of papers was her great-grandfather’s obituary. But when she turned the paper over, she discovered a story of life in rural Ireland.

    Family
  5. A River Runs North

    A blogger reflects on a series of tragic life events: “We’ll look for artifacts and make up stories and I’ll show them how, defying all logic, the river runs north, but still it flows.”

    Family
  6. Longreads on Motherhood: A Reading List

    Dive into four personal essays on motherhood.

    Essay
  7. My Tangled Relationship with My Daughter’s Hair

    Despite Leslie Kendall Dye’s tangled relationship with her daughter’s hair, she reconciles the fact that her daughter is very much her own, wonderful person: “She knows who illustrated the original Narnia; she is very much my daughter. I recognize the inside of her more and more.”

    Family
    Photo by Jennifer Moore from Pexels
  8. “White mother, black father in a part of Pennsylvania where pickups wave Confederate flags under a bruised sky. All four of them — parents and kids — have V names. Such hope in those names, their own little club of safety and love.”

    Family
  9. ‘Forgive Yourself. And Forgive Me.’

    Alice Driver considers what lessons to take from a late uncle’s life. “His whole life, my Uncle Lee harbored dreams of being a writer, and I had, in desperate fits and starts over the years, become one.”

    Family
  10. The Best Cross-Country Ski Trip Ever

    A fun-filled family cross-country ski adventure, inspired by Olympian Jesse Diggins: “I bet we’re the only kids in history to ski all the way across the lake and back!”

    Exploration
  11. Potty Talk Training

    Caren Chesler confronts her use of profanity: “‘Fuk,’ he said, holding up the fork. He then speared one of the bananas and stuck it in his mouth and smiled. . . . With Eddie now two, I was going to have to begin training my potty mouth now.”

    Family
  12. Dear POC: We Get Depressed Too

    Joséphine Mwanvua on the difficulty of asking for help as a person of color: “Here, in the West, black communities and other POC communities still carry a taboo around mental health issues.”

    Culture
  13. “So you keep a secret drawer with a few items of her favorite clothes. And you retreat to press your face into them, searching for the familiar scent of her that has long since faded.” — Suzanne Leitz on the marks left by loss.

    Death
  14. Confessions of a Part-Time Mom

    Angela Noel on co-parenting and experiencing loss as a part-time mom: “Sucked into this hole are the smiles I won’t see. The giggles I miss. . . . These all live in the hole in my body, the blackhole place where he lives a life outside of the life he shares with me.”

    Family
    Photo by Angela Noel
  15. 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