June 15th marks a celebration I didn't know if I'd ever see: my son's fifth birthday. We assembled a quote board of Nicholas's most memorable lines from the year, including his prayers one night when he asked, "God bless the Superheroes who keep us safe. Superman, Batman and Robin."
Let's face it--most kids prefer screen time to sleeping outside in thunderstorms and frigid temperatures. I sat down with the Kid in the Tent to learn more about the "what" and "why" of his adventure.
I live in a world where I didn't hear someone romantically call me desirable until I was 26. I live in a world where either body privilege or racial privilege is always against me. So I point my camera at my face and I click. I am what some would call ugly, but I don't see it.
Around 2 a.m. the other night, I had just slogged my tired wet feet on to the 6 train after having worked another nine hour shift behind a bar.
Every dog has his day, and this Friday, June 21, just happens to be a really big one. It's Take Your Dog to Work Day, your four-legged friend's turn to prove who is truly the boss.
Who says only cats have nine lives? Molly, a yellow Labrador Retriever who has lived through the worst, will tell you otherwise.
In my talk, I mentioned that the Strandbeest would develop a digital brain. Let me tell you about the evolutionary development of Strandbeest after 2007.
Louie was a wonderful companion, a true friend who stayed by my side for 12 years after that day, playing ball and Frisbee and bringing strangers into our circle, who remain my friends today.
This 9-year-old cancer survivor is on a mission to take back the term "bucket list." One game of "messy twister" at a time. Maya, a third grader from Ohio who is battling a rare form of leukemia, wants to share her "bucket list for summer 2013" (below) to inspire others -- healthy or sick, old or young -- to get busy living.
To say we have rallied together to save my dad would be understating what has actually happened. My dad rallied us together -- and as a result we have become the closest as a family that we have ever been.
This will be a very special Father's Day. It will be my first Father's Day since my husband and I adopted our baby boy Lucas. It will also be the first Father's Day in many years that I will get to celebrate in person with my own father, who's been living in Ecuador for many years.
"Medicine is the bridge to working together. We're all people and there's absolutely no difference between us," added Bruria Adini, the director of the BGU program. "We need a joint and collaborative response that can save lives."
When Katie was little she asked me a question that quickly became our template for a successful day, which -- when added to the next day and the day after that -- makes a successful life: "What are we going to do fun today?"
That note changed my life. I messaged her back, explaining that I was her sister, and our father was very much alive and well. Trying to explain the joy and shock that crossed my father's face that evening is impossible.
He played from last night, Thursday, into this morning, Friday, here in embattled Taksim Square in Istanbul. His audience was mainly protesters with riot cops looking on.
Too many things are left unsaid, like "I love you" or "I appreciate you" or "I admit it, Toy Story 3 made me cry." I've decided to jot down some notes that way if something awful happens to me in the near future, my girls will get at least some sense of who I am, who I strive to be and what I value in life.