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Family Secrets

'Hard Cold Winter,' A Conversation with Glen Erik Hamilton

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.13.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Glen Erik Hamilton is a native of Seattle. He grew up aboard a sailboat and spent his youth around marinas, commercial docks, and islands of the Pacif...

The Candy Dish, Connecting & Cousins Over the Age of 50

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 01.19.2017 | Fifty
Barbara Greenberg

As a child I was always attracted to vibrant colors, glitzy jewelry and anything that seemed fancy. In fact, as an adult this attraction continues. W...

Letter to My 12-year-old Self (That Took Me 4 Decades to Write)

Kerrie L Cooper | Posted 01.19.2017 | Women
Kerrie L Cooper

Forgive yourself. Only now are you strong enough to face this. Aware enough to know that secrets, damaging when kept from others, are toxic when hidden within. You have taken the first step.

Everyone Has It, But No One Talks About It: Shame!

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 06.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

They say the opposite of shame is pride or honor, but most people -- and most countries -- have a lot more of the former than the latter. While a lot ...

A Conversation With Director Joachim Trier at Cannes about Louder Than Bombs

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2016 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Joachim Trier's intriguing Louder Than Bombs opens with the birth of a baby, an ecstatic young mother and a thrilled young father: a scene foretelling that, very soon, the concept of the happy family will be put in question.

Is Your Family Keeping a Secret?

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 02.07.2015 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

We tend to think of our children as reflections of ourselves. When something goes "wrong" with them, we feel that there's something "wrong" with us.

How Do You Write a Novel? By Listening

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.25.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

When people ask how I get ideas for my novels, I tell them that a writer's mind is like that junk drawer in your kitchen. You throw all kinds of things into that drawer: paper clips, rubber bands, business cards. Likewise, writers go around collecting snippets of dialogue overheard.

THE DEEPEST SECRET Shows the Strengths and Weaknesses of Carla Buckley's Writing Skills

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 04.14.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Book Review Jackie K Cooper ...

Betrayal: After the Anger, What Do You Do With the Love?

Jane Isay | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Jane Isay

Gradually, I began to recover the memories of our love. They contradicted the story of betrayal and disappointment I had told myself all those years. And then I had to face a very hard question. After the anger over a betrayal, what do you do with the love?

The Lowland

Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW | Posted 02.08.2014 | Books
Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW

The Lowland begins with a compelling narrative exploring the intricate relationship between brothers Subhash and Udayan. Just 15 months apart, these brothers growing up in Calcutta are exceptionally close but completely different.

How A Mother's Shame Can Morph Over Time

Jane Isay | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Jane Isay

As I walked out of my mother's room in Mt. Sinai hospital that summer day in 1982, I ran into my cousin, who was a surgical resident on her floor. My mother was recovering from the second surgery in six months. The cancer could not be stopped.

WATCH: 4 Reasons Family Members Keep Secrets

OWN | Posted 08.12.2013 | OWN

As a relationship expert, Iyanla Vanzant has worked with many different families -- from large groups such as 19 family members living under one roof ...

A War Story Is a Love Story, Anyway

Lea Carpenter | Posted 09.26.2013 | Women
Lea Carpenter

I'd never thought to map my father's life by experiences he'd had before I was born. Yet of course he'd had experiences, and some of those had been in the field of military intelligence.

Stories We Tell Dissects an Actress' Family, and Storytelling Itself

Brian Formo | Posted 07.21.2013 | Entertainment
Brian Formo

If you are interested in the craft of storytelling and/or documentaries I highly suggest that you see Stories We Tell. If you prefer dinner parties to dance clubs, I highly suggest that you see Stories We Tell.

Why Women Lie Differently Than Men

Susan Shapiro Barash | Posted 06.08.2013 | Women
Susan Shapiro Barash

Lies manifest as a woman's quest for reprisal, a way to avoid being evaluated and found wanting. Yet, even with an understanding of this behavior, the question becomes, when is it simply wrong to lie? When is the lie harmful, not helpful -- when is the gig up?

9 Things Wives Will Never Understand About Their Husbands

Posted 03.10.2015 | OWN

By Ben Schrank The author of the big-hearted novel about marriage Love Is a Canoe tells us what's really going on with our better halves. The Th...

'Why Do I Have To Be Adopted?'

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

This is the second post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, including ...

WATCH: Your Turn: Secrets

Posted 10.09.2012 | Home

Holding onto secrets can be bad for your health. Sometimes it's good to talk to someone you trust to get things off your chest. Do you have someone yo...

Spring Fever Is Totally Enjoyable Reading

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.01.2012 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

If you are making a list of "must read" books this one should be at the top of your list. It has romance, comedy and drama as well as a surprise here and there.

Madeleine Albright’s Prague Winter Reveals Family Secrets (EXCERPT)

| | Posted 04.30.2012 | Fifty

What does it feel like to be told your entire perception of your family and your childhood was wrong? Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of sta...

Divorcing Your Family

Ken Solin | Posted 05.28.2012 | Fifty
Ken Solin

There are too many folks who still suffer the fallout from dysfunctional families. I hope to encourage them to make the choice not to continue suffering.

Family Secrets: The Mystery My Mother Left Behind

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.27.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

Going through her things after the funeral, I found something shocking: My mother had kept the concentration camp uniform she was wearing when she was liberated by the Americans in 1945.

What My Son's Terrifying Diagnosis Revealed About Our Family Secrets

Victoria Costello | Posted 04.15.2012 | Fifty
Victoria Costello

That's the tricky part about family secrets. Their contents don't have to be secret at all; as long as everyone agrees not to see or speak about what's actually hiding in plain sight -- like Grandpa's likely suicide.

Shaken To The Core: Oprah's Surprise Sister -- And Mine

Eileen Flanagan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eileen Flanagan

Two years after my father's death, I discovered that he had been divorced before marrying my mother. Under questioning, my mother revealed that he had a daughter, who was about 10 years older than me.