I want you to learn at a very early age to be comfortable talking about your anxieties, struggles and fears. Most importantly, I hope these eight things help you live an authentic life with the understanding that you're never alone.
Around here, the high school homecoming dress code calls for a suit for boys and a cocktail-style dress for girls. My daughter's R2D2 dress is more casual. The biggest push-back against her decision has come not from me, her father, nor her boyfriend (a fellow Star Wars fanatic), but from the girls.
When we were blessed with a son, I was thrown for a loop. I worried about the big picture. I was having enough trouble adjusting to Thomas and Friends. How could I prepare him for love, relationships, making his way in the world as a man?
My personal relationships are great, I'm doing alright professionally, I live in a great city, I'm getting married soon. Things are not bad. It's a new feeling, this one I'm feeling, and I'm pretty sure it's something close to peace, but not quite. I still struggle with accepting my body, but not in the same way I used to.
"I'm going to play in the NBA. When I'm not playing I'm going to go on tour with my band and also be a vet," said my 10-year-old son.
Two animal videos caught my attention this week, with very different outcomes for the humans involved.
When I was entering my sophomore year, I piled up my schedule with everything there was. Not only was I taking a heavy course load, I was also in two shows, and trying to work outside of school. In addition, within the first couple of weeks, one of my good friends went through a major life trauma. I wanted to be there for her as much as possible.
What you don't realize when you adopt your first pit bull are all of the things that come as part of that package deal. Sure, you've got your normal puppy things, i.e. house breaking, training, the occasional potty accident to clean, etc. You also get a fair amount of ignorance, and hate.
It's easy to spot the deep tan that marks someone recently returned from vacation. But the most important and long-lasting effect of travel may be one of the least visible. Books like Eat, Pray, Love and Wild have become international bestsellers by describing it: that sense of renewal, satisfaction, and well-being that can come from "getting away from it all."
I still vividly remember the first time I saw naloxone in action. The day began like an average one at the drop-in center -- with the buzz of conversation, ringing phones and chaotic sounds of an old action movie on the television.
To be a true patriot, we must love the clashes of culture, race, national origin, sexual orientation, class, politics, ideology, and religion. We must relish the fact that this country will never be united, because these clashes are in many cases unsolvable. I think the key may be to embrace the chaos.
The children were delighted with this story and asked us to recount it many times thereafter. Over the years, this tale of the land and sea turtle has helped my children cope and accept the fact my marriage to their father was over.
They both went on to live their lives separately. Though they never lost the love for each other, they both married other people. But fate wouldn't let those last.
Like the majority of the population I was born with a colon. However, unlike the majority of the population, I no longer have one. I now have a j-pouch, and it basically changed my life. But the one thing that continued to haunt me was the main reason I almost declined having the surgery: infertility.
I love dogs, so I was thrilled last month when my town's animal shelter hosted the Bow Wow Film Festival. My husband and I had a fun date that involved popcorn, beer and watching about two hours of short films celebrating dogs.
Recently I launched Pilot.dog as a way to allow people to share in the future dog rescue flights my wife and I do. If you love dogs, you'll probably enjoy the story below of our most recent flight.