When our twin grandbabies were chubby-cheeked toddlers and would spend the night on two little blue cots, they often requested a "back-a-rub" to help them fall asleep.
The husband or I would sit, kneel or crouch on the hardwood floor between the two cots with arms outstretched simultaneously giving a back-a-rub to each twin.
The tots would be ...Read more
We want our kids to stand up for what they believe in, but not get too political online.
We beg them to carefully consider their Snapchat posts, but fail to recognize that their peers — or even us, as their parents — post photos of them without their permission.
We urge them to be a good friend, but also to get off their darn phones.
In ...Read more
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Raven Bridges lost her son Kamari Bridges on Halloween night 2021. He was shot and killed near Prospect Avenue and East 54th Street.
“A friend of mine came and started banging on the door, telling me that Kamari got shot in the chest, and he’s on his way to St. Luke’s Hospital,” Bridges said. “I panicked.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The cost of basic school supplies is higher than ever for parents preparing to send their children back to school this month.
The cost of school supplies spiked alongside rising rates of consumer inflation nationwide. As of July, consumer inflation had increased 8.5% in 12 months. The figure marked a marginal decline from ...Read more
Why is summer the only season that seems to move at warp speed?
Kids are heading back to school, and lately I have found myself thinking fondly of the early days of the pandemic when shutdowns meant slowdowns. It was a small respite from my afternoon job as the activity shuttle bus driver of one child.
I'm not alone in my thinking.
Lucius ...Read more
TAMPA, Fla. — Milagros was only passing through Tampa on her way back to Cuba. Joe, a man she had known for around a year, primarily through letters, had another idea.
Return to Cuba to collect your belongings, Joe told her, and come right back to marry me.
But we cannot afford a wedding dress, Milagros replied. She knew her traditional ...Read more
As a child, all I ever wanted was a “normal” family.
This was my wish growing up in a dysfunctional one, and though I couldn’t have said at the time what “normal” meant, I knew what it didn’t mean.
And so into my 20s, well before I had children, I began to prep for the opportunity to create something out of what often felt like ...Read more
A good friend gives us her old newspapers from a small town in Maine. They are entertainment — a sedentary version of date night.
Because we cannot agree on who gets to read the Cops and Courts section first, we take turns reading it aloud.
In the most recent issue, the lead story was from a Saturday ago when local police received a report ...Read more
NORFOLK, Va. — Barbara Harris’ mother was 35 when she was sterilized by the state of Virginia in the 1960s.
“She could have a desire to get married, and have a family with her new husband. But she was not able to do that,” said Harris, a longtime nurse who now is executive treasurer for for Virginia Organizing, an advocacy group. “...Read more
CHICAGO -- Savannah Flowers’ imagery of herself shows the myriad emotions and growth that she’s made during her three years in A Long Walk Home’s Girl/Friends Leadership Institute. A black and white photo captures her working on the edges of her hair. Another colorful piece shows Flowers in a green dress crouched down amid green grass, at ...Read more
CHICAGO -- After a 29-year-old Pakistani Muslim woman was shot and killed last month, in an apparent murder-suicide by her soon-to-be ex-husband, her death sparked countless conversations and reflection within the South Asian and Muslim communities about how cultural stigma, particularly surrounding divorce, can unfairly burden women.
Sania ...Read more
Everything Ashley May and her three kids own can fit into a wheelbarrow. Charred and waterlogged, the remnants of their lives were pulled from the ruins of the Colonial-era barn on a farmstead that the family rents in Kimberton, a small, rural town near Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
May, her two sons, and her daughter moved into the property two ...Read more
We don't often talk politics in front of the grands because it's just all too terribly depressing. For us. We're not that concerned about them. They're young and may live long enough to see the nation rally.
But somehow, in a FaceTime call with our son, five grands crowding around the phone's camera and his wife in the background fixing dinner ...Read more
Working from home while making sure your kids are in their virtual classroom while getting groceries delivered while keeping everyone safe from coronavirus is enough to burn anyone out. Two years of going through this has apparently been too much for many people.
"When COVID-19 came into our lives, we were hopeful that the impact of the ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. — By week 20 of her pregnancy, Joy Pileggi knew that her second daughter, Allison, had little chance of surviving past birth.
She had developed Trisomy 18, also known as Edward’s Syndrome, a rare condition with a near-zero long-term survival rate. But knowing what was coming didn’t make Allison’s death any less ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA —Rachael Gibbons-Newcome had tried everything to defuse her 5-year-old son's angry outbursts: prizes for good behavior, sticker charts, and calming evening routines.
Out of other options, the family's pediatrician recommended trying melatonin, a dietary supplement that can aid in sleep. Benjamyn — or "Jammers," as his family ...Read more
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It’s late afternoon on a Friday and Kenyatta Rucker is sitting on a bench on 21st Street S, talking to a man who’s calling from jail.
She’s three blocks from the house where she grew up. Behind her is a single-story building. It’s painted black, with four lime green doors.
The door to her right leads to a salon...Read more
Just when you think the headlines can't get any more eye-popping, along comes a story about underarm hair for women making a comeback as a potential tool of empowerment.
There was a brief period when some women in the Flower Child movement grew underarm hair. But that was long ago and today those women are probably more concerned about thinning...Read more
BOISE, Idaho -- Tim Guill, a joint lecturer at Boise State, underwent his first vasectomy at age 33. He was a single father to a young son and said he was confident he did not want more children.
At 36, though, he had his vasectomy reversed.
Now, at 42, he is undergoing the procedure one more time.
“Seeing the writing on the wall with ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Emmanuel Otuonye graduated as valedictorian from his Brooklyn high school for students with disabilities but is so disgusted with his education that he couldn’t bring himself to attend the ceremony.
The best student at Sunset Park’s Lillian Rashkis High School reads at what his mom estimates is a fifth-grade level and still ...Read more