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The Writer’s [Inner] Journey
Bestselling authors, professional creatives and emerging voices in quirky dialogue about how they write and why it works.
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More Than Caregiving:
The new truth about life with aging parents.
Diamond in the Rough
It was a gorgeous stone with an underlying flaw, and I never understood why my mother wanted me to see the speck instead of the splendor…
National Adoption Month: Bittersweet
This was the year I looked forward to ever since I became a mother. It’s what gave me the courage to have my girls in the first place-knowing someday they’d leave…
Mama is a Four-Letter Word
August was hot, the air conditioner droned, and my mother burrowed beneath the blankets of her four-poster bed. Tiny aisles of carpet led to the bathroom and kitchen, where she wobbled back and forth, using the packing cartons as handrails…
I don’t know when I started biting my nails. But by the time I was in the first grade, I couldn’t stop. My teeth serrated the edges of my fingernails, ripping away the half moons of new growth, leaving the tips of my nail beds, at times, exposed and tender…
Too young to have a mother that old
With all the medical technology that enables older and older women to have children, maybe it’s time to consider the child’s point of view. For me, the true impact came at 40, right before my mother died at 82…
The Odyssey of Tentinger
“Military membership is a higher calling,” says HMC (FMF) Larry Tentinger on why people gravitate to the armed forces. “My dad,” a Marine in Okinawa, “embodied the military core values in the way he lived his life,” he says…
When A Parent Dies – How To Cope With A Loss When Planning Your Wedding
A few months before my wedding I was standing in my parents’ bedroom, when I burst into tears. Across the room my mother stood by, helplessly searching for soothing words. But she started to cry, too…
We Didn’t Need the Past–Or So I Thought
Last year I was in St. Petersburg, Russia, meeting the family that gave our daughters up for adoption. I didn’t want to go. I didn’t want my daughters to go either.
Inside the Ward
Formidable Tante Esthère
from The Complete Book of Aunts
from Dancing at the Shame Prom
Narcissism: Surviving the Self-Involved:
A Little Primer on Narcissism and Self-Care