Generations

The World Doesn’t Bend for Disabled Kids (or Disabled Parents)

My kids have been kicked out of many, many places for being different—just like I was.

Jul 10, 2018
What Has Feminism Looked Like in My Grandma’s Life?

When she held hands with a man and walked down the street, it was an act of responsibility to herself.

Jul 10, 2018
“More Pieces of Us”: A Quilt, Mental Illness, and Things Passed Down

A quilt made by my great-grandmother became a life preserver when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Jul 02, 2018
Orbits Around My Grandmother: On the Anxiety of Loneliness

“The phenomenon of lonely deaths for aging populations echoes in many pockets around the world.”

Jun 21, 2018
Fountain of Youth: Floating Between Being a Motherless Child and a Childless Mother

“I am unmoored, my place not easily defined, my presence not immediately understood.”

Jun 07, 2018
My Father’s Final Gift to Us? He Planned a Natural Burial

His bluegrass band at the gravesite? Check. No embalming? Check.

May 15, 2018
Lost Cause: On Estrangement and Chosen Family

Staying in contact with biological family no matter what they’ve done is a message beaten into us from every side.

May 10, 2018
Cursed: Baseball Lore and Saving My Daughter’s Life

“Does cursing beget being cursed? Had I brashly yielded a power unchecked, unaware of the consequences?”

Apr 30, 2018
My Mother’s Secret Garden

The students turned a gray patch of earth into their own tiny Eden, a secret oasis of their own.

When the Moon Met the Tiger: Homecoming and Loss in Myanmar

A homecoming could happen across many continents. It was not a physical place, but a family’s embrace.

Apr 19, 2018
When We Knew Our Boy Was Slipping Away

We were so worried about surviving that we’d forgotten to show him even little ways to live.

Apr 02, 2018
What Isn’t Mine Is Mine: Accepting Intergenerational Trauma

We inherit trauma through the actions of family members and through the stories they share.

Mar 22, 2018
“Words Are Wind”: How Do You Help a Child Cultivate Both Confidence and Kindness?

I was thin-skinned as a child, with an ego that could put bruised peaches to shame.

The Version We Remember: On the Truth and Fiction of Photography

We remember only a version of the story, and we tell only a fraction of that version. And sometimes, even that will fail us.

Mar 01, 2018
‘Spanish Harlem’: From Childhood Song to Caregiving Anthem

“My parents are quietly crumbling, and their house is crumbling around them.”

Feb 21, 2018
My Brother Died from a Heroin Overdose

I leaned over the casket with tears streaming down my face. They dripped onto my brother’s body, his hands, my hands.

Feb 14, 2018
Death of a Hen

If life is a precious gift that is over when it is over, how are we to stomach a death that comes too soon?

Feb 07, 2018
The Perils of Raising a Black Feminist Girl

I promised myself I would not threaten, shame, or scare my daughter into compliance. I kept that promise.

Jan 18, 2018
In the Kingdom of Tamarac: Shuffleboard and Other Acts of Remembrance

What I knew about my grandparents was enough to fill every hidden closet, every secret candy drawer.

Dec 13, 2017
Closed Casket: One Family’s Story of Suicide

“I never told dead brother I loved him. My fear of him was too great.”

Dec 07, 2017