Personal Musings Filter
  1. Gratitude When It’s Not Expected

    Alzheimer’s is a painful, drawn-out disease, especially for a child caring for a parent in decline. But in a fraught mother-daughter relationship, the disease’s emotional shifts also create moments of unexpected beauty where once there was only tension.

    Family
  2. Pick a piece of sky

    “Reluctant to give up the exclamatory joy of seeing, I have built a life at the untranslated point of an outstretched finger.” Roxani Krystalli writes about exploring the Scottish landscape and learning to see differently.

    Essay
  3. Years ago I trained to be a doula for the dying, a companion for those in the last stages of life, visiting an hour or so a week or a day. That did not prepare me for living with someone who tells me regularly she only has two weeks to live.  

    Family
  4. The Summer Australia Burned

    “My Christmas wish is for an end to these fires. For no more loss of life. And for rain.” As many in the Northern Hemisphere celebrate a white Christmas, Australia-based Lee Mylne mourns the devastation brought about by wildfires.

    Current Events
  5. Readers Respond: What Has WordPress.com Helped You Do or Achieve This Year?

    From keeping them accountable to providing a platform to amplify their voices, readers share how their sites have helped them soar in 2019.

    Inspiration
    Photo by Bich Tran
  6. How do I defy my gift-loving family?

    From Eve Andrews, at Grist: “Modern Christmas as its best self, I think, is a celebration of security and abundance and love, but that all takes place against a pervasive background fear that those things might be impermanent.”

    Family
  7. Violins and Violinists

    Happy World Violin Day! Benjamin Hebbert blogs about the life of a violin dealer and his passion for violins that sound beautiful — and tell an amazing story, too.

    Music
  8. Crutches and Spice

    “Disabled. Loud. Proud.” Imani Barbarin writes from the perspective of a black woman with cerebral palsy. On her blog, Crutches and Spice, she shares her thoughts about the world around her and the life she and others live daily.

    Diversity
  9. What Has WordPress.com Helped You Do or Achieve This Year?

    Share your blogging or website-building journey with us.

    Inspiration
  10. The Not-So-Slow Leak

    “Some are tired. All are broke. Some are gay or trans and suffer for it. All have professional ambitions beyond what they can achieve on a blockaded island.” At Here is Havana, Conner Gorry reflects on emigration, loss, and Cuba.

    Exploration
    Photo by Bibhash Banerjee
  11. ALAMORE

    “Putting the two sets of letters together – 96 in total – with my diaries, I realised I had invaluable source material which covered social attitudes of the time together with national and international events…. Throughout there is a love story and the building of a relationship.” At Alamore, Maureen Blake publishes letters and diary […]

    Current Events
  12. No One Cares What I Think about the New Star Wars

    With the final episode in the Star Wars saga just around the corner, writer Lucy Blue, a lifelong super-fan, reflects on the movies’ darker, more morally ambiguous tone, and the way the series has evolved since her ’70s childhood.

    Commentary
  13. The Wellness Almanac

    The Wellness Almanac is a community almanac from Pemberton, Lil’wat, Area C and N’Quatqua in Canada. The site is a project of the Winds of Change Steering Committee to help promote healthy relationships and respect between the First Nations and farming communities that reside in these areas.

    Health
  14. Home Is a Mug of Coffee

    “Just like the countless options on my office’s hot drinks machine, I fell in love with a fresh sense of possibility — that there was more than one way to live my life.” In this illustrated longread, Candace Rose Rardon reflects on coffee, life, and finding herself, no matter where she is in the world.

    Art
  15. Fifty Years of Mentoring

    “These days, there are two main populations I end up mentoring: CEOs, and kids. At some level, they’re totally different. But at some level, they’re surprisingly similar.” On his personal blog, Stephen Wolfram reflects on his role as a mentor to people of all ages.

    Academia