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#TalkToMe Yai Yai

Ellen Rohr | Posted 04.07.2016 | Parents
Ellen Rohr

I asked my 86-year-old mom -- we call her Yai Yai -- to be the subject of my #TalkToMe Facebook Live interview. Yai Yai said, "Yes. Of course!" and I am 100% sure that she has no idea what a hashtag or Facebook Live is. That kind of sums her up.

The 7 Basic Stories Families Tell and Why We Need to Tell Them

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 05.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Marshall P. Duke

Since Bruce Feiler so graciously and artfully introduced our work at Emory on the health-giving power of family stories, Robyn Fivush and I have recei...


Tricia McCallum | Posted 04.05.2015 | Books
Tricia McCallum

This story is included in Tricia McCallum's first book of poetry: Nothing Gold Can Stay: A Mother and Father Remembered .

Sharing Our History

Stephanie Bender | Posted 03.29.2015 | Fifty
Stephanie Bender

Reading my grandmother's journals with an eye toward how she may have felt during her menopause was a tender and meaningful experience for me. It was inspiring to realize that she lived her life to the fullest, demonstrating the kind of strength unique to women.

The Moment I Knew I Was Turning Into My Parents

Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents

From the time you were a little peanut up until, well, your last phone call, your parents have dispensed pearls of wisdom and ushered you into adultho...

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.

Easter Stories, Passover Stories and the Families Who Tell Them

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion
Marshall P. Duke

This year, at both Passover seders and Easter family gatherings, in addition to telling the grand Passover and Easter stories, find some time to tell the parallel individual family stories.

When You Should Call Your Grandparents

Ko Im | Posted 04.27.2014 | Women
Ko Im

Both of my grandfathers are the strong but silent type. One is from the modern-day capital of North Korea before the 38th parallel was drawn. The other has roots in the deep South of the Korean peninsula. Neither are talkers.

Give an Everlasting Act of Love This Holiday

Kare Anderson | Posted 02.17.2014 | Good News
Kare Anderson

A bus driver guides a frail, elderly woman off his bus and over to an unfamiliar restaurant a few steps away where she's meeting friends. As he turns ...

The Big Car Years

Jennifer Meer | Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Meer

As our family prepares to grow from four to five, we've decided my little sedan will just be too cozy and that we are reluctantly somewhat forced to graduate to the land of three rows.

The Importance of Ice Cream

Kelsey McQuade | Posted 11.04.2013 | Taste
Kelsey McQuade

I can't remember how my family came to know about the creamery. It was a little farm in Newtown, Connecticut that boasted more than 50 flavors of ice cream -- a little scoop of heaven, to be cliche.

Lights Go On Part IV: Our Little Car

Thomas Bähler | Posted 06.08.2013 | New York
Thomas Bähler

Dad was a visionary. He delighted in following and building upon his dreams. He loved a challenge. For instance, he might look at a piece of scrap and see a car. Michelangelo seemed to do that with marble.

The 'Do You Know?' Test

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 05.23.2013 | Parents
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

Do you know where your parents met? The story of your birth? Can you recite a tale of suffering from you ancestral archives? It turns out that possessing those answers may help you develop resilience.

The Stories That Bind Us: What Are the Twenty Questions?

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 05.23.2013 | Parents
Marshall P. Duke

The major criterion for inclusion in this set of questions was that they test knowledge of things that children could not possibly have learned first hand.

The Old Maid Is Still the Queen of My Heart

Rob White | Posted 04.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob White

Aunt Theresa may not have appeared very pretty on the outside, but to this day I've never met a more beautiful person on the inside. Kat is the love of my life, but Aunt Theresa will always be my special Valentine.

True Love Truly Does Endure All

Dianne Williamson | Posted 01.14.2013 | Good News
Dianne Williamson

The courtship of Matthew Smith and Adele Guinee began in 1942. They'll be married 67 years Nov. 25 and have been blessed with a full and happy life. The Smiths know they're lucky.

The Lure: Some Things Are Better Left Hidden

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 12.04.2012 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

If you were to peel life like an onion, you'd find layer after layer of hidden meaning philosophers have debated over for centuries and will continue ...

Will Your Children Remember?

Ann Blumenthal Jacobs | Posted 07.01.2012 | Parents
Ann Blumenthal Jacobs

Here are 8 tips on keeping memories of grandparents alive for children who won't have the gift of years with them.

Indie Theater on the Rise: Empanada for a Dream written and performed by Juan Fransisco Villa

Jody Christopherson | Posted 06.25.2012 | Arts
Jody Christopherson

Writer/ Performer Juan Francisco Villa on his solo show Empanada for a Dream, a story about growing up downtown on Allen Street in the Lower East Side...

'Every Time I Talked To My Mom, Her Eyes Looked So Worried'

| Claire Overland | Posted 01.16.2012 | Home

This is a regular column featuring original fiction by and for high school students, provided by, an online community writing site for you...

No More Questions!

Dave Isay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dave Isay

2011-05-04-grab.jpgOur stories -- the stories of everyday people -- are more powerful and interesting than the lives of celebrities that clog up our airwaves every day.

What Happened in Mumbai is Very Personal

Mallika Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mallika Chopra

My hope is that as a global community we can address the deeper issues that have fostered terrorism in the first place.