Family Filter
  1. California

    Amanda Fletcher on her mother’s suicide: “I will never be free of her dying. Even here in Los Angeles — two, ten, fifteen years later and three-thousand miles apart — I am still on my knees in the closet with the door pulled closed, clutching a piece of yellow lined paper.”

    Death
    Photo by NFarmer CC-BY SA 2.0
  2. Big Night

    Jill Sisson Quinn’s essay, “Big Night” — on the process of adopting a child and her fascination with salamanders — was recently selected for the “Best American Essays 2016” anthology.

    Essay
    Illustration by Phillip Taylor
  3. Family
  4. transcribingmemory

    Tour history at transcribingmemory, where Angie Scarfe shares passages and reflections from the journals of her 98-year-old grandmother.

    Family
    Image courtesy of Angie Scarfe
  5. Holiday Travel Nightmare, Reimagined as The Oregon Trail

    Author Rebecca Schuman had a straightforward family trip planned from Missouri to Oregon. The travel gods decided to make it a little more interesting (by which we mean, “incredibly miserable”).

    Family
  6. Plunge

    A chronically-ill daughter attempts to reconcile her relationship with her drug-addict father: “He died, perhaps not knowing if I’d forgiven him. I was the sick one now, and I didn’t know if he’d forgiven me.”

    Family
    Photo by Hector Lazo
  7. Home

    “India and I are like childhood sweethearts. We’ve moved on to different things, but there’s a special corner in our hearts for each other. I don’t have to choose. Both India and the US are home.” In this piece on family and India, Hema Nataraju reflects on the meaning of home.

    Essay
  8. “We no longer had the recipe or the creator of the recipe, just a limited supply of a cranberry sauce that would never be made in the same way again. And out of those limits arose a more pronounced gratitude than our Thanksgiving table had ever seen.”

    Family
  9. Simple Scimum

    How are jellyfish born? Why does exercise hurt? Next time your (or someone else’s) curious kid stumps you with a science-related question, head to Simple Scimum for accessible, thoughtful explanations.

    Education
  10. A Baby Is Born (Plus a Butternut Squash Soup Recipe)

    At My Jerusalem Kitchen, food blogger and mother Lauren Wilner shares her daughter Nava’s birth story — followed by a nap-friendly soup recipe.

    Cooking
  11. Undocumented, Unafraid, Unapologetic…Depressed

    “The fear of deportation never leaves our thoughts. Some of us might be protected under DACA, but our loved ones are still at risk.” Life in the US as a DREAM Act beneficiary — with parents still undocumented.

    Current Events
  12. Draw Two Circles, So Joined

    Melissa Matthewson on the beauty of contrasts: “I have no song but the everyday sound…a tractor’s distant rumble, the dog’s last growl, altogether a chorus important and worthy of remembering.”

    Family
    Trumpet by Ben N. CC-BY SA 2.0
  13. And full stop.

    Aleya Kassam remembers her granny: “I watched you struggle. I watched the battle as your soul navigated its way out of your body. How for days you sank into the space between two worlds.”

    Death
  14. Motherwell

    Motherwell tells all sides of the parenting story and is a space for parents to gather and think deeply: “The idea of a well conjures up images of community, of depth, of the essential nature of water.”

    Family
  15. Once Upon An Alcoholic

    Barbara H. Knowles reflects on 31 years of sobriety: “In my family, people were categorized as drinkers (normal people) and non-drinkers (odd people). ‘They seem nice enough, but they aren’t drinkers.’”

    Family