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A Year After Loss: Remembering a Beloved Uncle

Diane R. Wiener, Ph.D., L.M.S.W. | Posted 05.23.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Diane R. Wiener, Ph.D., L.M.S.W.

Calendars rustle about. Soon, it will be a year since Uncle Jerry died. Meanwhile, Father's Day approaches. I wrote this piece last year, on the Su...

Magic in Yiayia's Steamer Trunk

Paola K Amaras | Posted 10.12.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paola K Amaras

It was painted in battleship grey so many times, whenever a layer chipped, you'd be able to see the next layer of slightly-more-faded grey underneath....

Why Uncles Are The Absolute Best

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 08.16.2015 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

I was accorded several real uncles, who appeared automatically in my life the day I was born. But like most of the kids in my Long Island neighborhood in the 1950s, I was also entitled to other "uncles," not related to our family but connected in a way that was just as real.

Poem: "Advice for My Niece"

Bobby Elliott | Posted 07.15.2016 | Parents
Bobby Elliott

Depending on the kind of soul you have, it's either a digital countdown or an hourglass we carry around inside ourselves, doing the dishes or sitting on the couch in the next room as a reward for making dinner in the first place.

Man Dresses As A Princess To Boost His Niece's Confidence, Wins Hearts Everywhere

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.24.2015 | Good News

"Sometimes you just have to be a princess." So says Jesse Nagy, the 25-year-old uncle to Izzy, age 4, who was a little nervous to wear a princess o...

On Being a Gay Uncle

Paul Florez | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Paul Florez

Last year, my fiancé's sister, Julie, gave birth to a beautiful red-headed girl named Mira Celeste, and it was then I found myself taking on the role of uncle. And with that new role came a slew of fears I wasn't ready for.

Is Global Warming Real? A 30-Second Answer

Keith Gaby | Posted 06.14.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

There is either a decades-long conspiracy involving tens of thousands of scientists who have imbedded false formulas into the basic physics and chemistry textbooks, or climate change is real.

Our Top 5 Favorite TV Uncles of All Time

Dish Nation | Posted 03.05.2014 | Entertainment
Dish Nation

This week, we mourned the loss of an incredibly influential and recognizable actor who impacted our lives for many years: James Avery.

When An Uncle's Nearly Younger Than His Nephews

Tom Cramer | Posted 12.05.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

As it is, I've been an uncle since I was two years old, and I can honestly say that has been the coolest part of my situation.

What Are You Teaching Your Teens About Holiday Behavior?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 02.19.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

It starts something like this: You go to a relative's house for the holidays. Soon, the adults start to drink a little, lose their inhibitions and start to regress to their younger selves. You start to tell old stories. Oh no, you have forgotten that your teenage children are in the room.

The Importance of Aunties and Uncles

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 02.10.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

As my nieces and nephews become teenagers, they seem busy with their own lives. I don't know what to do to get closer, other than friending them on Facebook. Do you think having relationships with their aunts and uncles matters to kids?

Ghost Encounters of the Uncle Jerry Kind

Mark C. Miller | Posted 06.28.2012 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

I've never been one to believe in ghosts. But I swear to you that Uncle Jerry was as real as the three late payments on my TRW credit report. He even still had his life-long lower back pain.

A Family Mystery, Unraveled

Pamela Kripke | Posted 02.07.2012 | Parents
Pamela Kripke

This was the story my mother knew, only from hearing it told as she drifted to sleep. She did not know her brother's name. She did not know where he lived those few days, and which days they were. Or where he was buried, if he was.

Uncle Bob: "Acting Is Listening"

Lydian Blossom | Posted 09.28.2011 | Home
Lydian Blossom

I was always proud to have Uncle Bob in my family: proud to know that acting was somehow in my genes, and proud to brag that my great uncle was "the snow-shovel guy in Home Alone."

Discovering What Unites Us All

Steven Crandell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

We are all sons and daughters. This truth unites all people from all parts of the world. Many of us don't think about it, but our identity as a son or a daughter is a gateway.