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Navigating Loved Ones’ Delusions

After my mother’s suicide in 2009, I was left with a gnawing sense of guilt. My mother had suffered from an undiagnosed delusional disorder. Read...
Gayle Brandeis    |   05.22.18   |   SHARE
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The Quiet Violence At The Heart Of Motherhood 

From the beginning, mothering and being mothered are both brutal. One day you’ll hurt your mom, I thought. And she’ll hurt you, somehow, without Read...
Kate Washington    |   05.14.18   |   SHARE
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Every week, we'd gather in our family's small living room and watch Dawson's Creek together.

How Watching Dawson's Creek Brought Me Closer To My Dad

Every week, we'd gather in our family's small living room and watch Dawson's Creek together. And, thankfully, a tradition — and a bond — was formed. Read...
Melissa Blake    |   03.30.18   |   SHARE
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But now the jig was officially up. My daughter knew Santa isn't real.

Why Telling My Daughter "Santa Isn't Real" Was More Liberating Than Sad      

The jig was officially up. My daughter knew Santa isn't real. Had I ruined Christmas? Destroyed her sense of childlike wonder? Killed her holiday Read...
Sarah Bregel    |   12.15.17   |   SHARE
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For the past 18 years, my dad and I have run in the local Thanksgiving Turkey Trot together.

Homecoming: The Thanksgiving Tradition Of A Turkey Trot 

For the past 18 years, my dad and I have run in the local Turkey Trot together. Holiday rituals make it almost impossible to ignore the passage of Read...
Amanda Parrish Morgan    |   11.22.17   |   SHARE
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When I was a kid, my dad and I didn’t spend much time together. He was always taking my brother on weekend trips to go fishing, or waking him up when it was still dark to go deer-hunting, but I never wanted to go.

How I Caught A Dad On Pokemon Go

When I told him that I caught a Mantine, he wrote back, Yeah, I think I caught four or five of them today. I didn’t mind—for the first time in my Read...
Samantha Edmonds    |   06.16.17   |   SHARE
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Me, My Parents, Fox News, And A Screaming Match — Being An Adult Is Complicated

Becoming an adult didn’t magically open me up to their world and their psyche as I thought it would. Even having children of my own did little to Read...
Gemma Hartley    |   12.27.16   |   SHARE
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Dear Daughter, I Let You Down

Most days I am confident with how I look and how I feel, but I worry I may never be able to completely banish those thoughts about my flaws and Read...
Shelby Eckard    |   12.14.16   |   SHARE