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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Fairy Tales, Reimagined: A New Series from Jerry Mahoney

    Author Jerry Mahoney talks about writing his first book series for young readers.

    Authors
  10. The Old Green Singers

    Angie recalls her family’s beat-up truck, “Old Green,” which became a concert hall on wheels as she, her mom, and her brothers sang their way through good times and bad.

    Family
  11. Negative Inspiration

    When there was nothing else for Kevin Richard White, there was writing: “I want them to know we’re given a voice at birth. We’re given a chance to use it. All you need is paper and time.”

    Essay
  12. “I spoke about achievement and beginnings, pausing and smiling as my voice reverberated. And I told God, privately, that I would saw off both of my legs and never take a sip of alcohol if only he would let me die somewhere other than up a holler in Lincoln County.”

    Family
  13. Questions My Grandmother Never Had To Grapple With

    “And she never reflected upon ‘the five questions to ask when discovering your personal brand.’ Her personal brand was the purple and silver blouse she bought herself after my grandfather died but she didn’t think of it that way because grandmothers don’t have personal brands.”

    Family
  14. “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.”

    Family
  15. 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.”

    Family