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  1. 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.”

  2. 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.”

  3. “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.

  4. 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.”

    Photo by Angela Noel
  5. 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.”

    Photo by Ann Coleman
  6. Ellie on the AT

    Baby Ellie is the youngest person to thru-hike all 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail! She made the trip with her mom Bekah and her dad Derrick. Read all about their amazing adventure!

  7. The Death Project

    Susan Briscoe’s blog documents her life with advanced terminal cancer, and focuses on her belief that “it’s important to talk about death and dying in this society that tries so hard to avoid it.”

  8. I Think, Therefore I Am Getting the Goddamned Epidural

    Western philosophy clashes with Rebecca Schuman’s birth plan in her hilarious, harrowing Longreads essay.

    Illustration by Annelise Capossela
  9. This is my rock and roll love letter to you.

    Veteran blogger Angela has been writing Fluid Pudding since 2001. The warm, witty voice that has kept fans reading for almost 17 years is in full effect in this ode to her recently-demolished childhood home.

  10. 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.

    Illustration by Kjell Reigstad.
  11. 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.

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  12. 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.

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  13. His First Real Camera

    Like father, like son: Rob Moses’ love of photography has taken root in his son, Cameron, age six.

    Photo by Rob Moses
  14. “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.”

  15. 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.

    Photo by Sasha Blaney Photography