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Relationship With Parents

Listen Up, Dad: Ask Noah

Noah Kass | Posted 08.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Noah Kass

Your dad may feel that you are "in on the joke," and indeed this may have been par for the course in the past. However, it's now your job to make it abundantly clear times have changed and you will no longer tolerate being publicly humiliated. You have a responsibility to advocate for yourself.

Fading Away: A Lesson in Life, Death, and Reconciliation

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 12.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert L. Cavnar

She looked at me and asked if I had anything to say. It all came out at once; I burst into tears, unable to speak. She apologized for the years she was hard on me, saying she only wanted me to be successful. It didn't matter what words she used. I understood her meaning, and forgave her.

A Bucket Of Ashes

Deborah Gaines | Posted 09.25.2012 | Fifty
Deborah Gaines

I recently got custody of my father's remains. This is a challenge for several reasons. First, the urn itself is two feet high, even though its contents would fit neatly in a half-gallon paint can. My stepmother felt that "a big man should have a big urn," and no one was in the mood to contradict her.

Happy Birthday, Mom and Dad!

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 09.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hamady

As another birth year comes to a close and a new one stands poised to begin, I find myself pondering our cultural ideas about birthdays and the very nature of age.