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Making a Difference

When my brother Richard was nearing the end of his college career, back in the 1970s, he didn’t quite know what he was going to do....

The Importance of Connection

My first day in a contracted teaching position should have been easy. I had graduated in the top of my class with a 3.97 GPA, passed all of...

Teaching Moments

I will never forget my first day in the classroom, nearly twenty-six years ago. All had gone relatively well: I’d taught five classes...

Stories That Must Be Told

Inside these pages, you will meet 20 people who are living with mental illness. Be prepared to recognize yourself. Expect to meet someone...

Writing Away the Stigma

A couple of years ago, an episode of 60 Minutes featured mothers from a support group for families confronting mental illness. One of them...

States of Permanence and Impermanence

Foam isn’t a substance so much as a state of being. When pockets of gas are caught in a liquid or solid, you get foam. It can be...

Becoming His Mother

A mother is her baby’s first interpreter. She explains the world. She tells her children who they are. My mother’s words marked...

Blue Pools

I had visualized my baby in yoga class. “Imagine your fetus with every characteristic you wish it to have,” Swami...

The Baby Room

1. When she’s twelve, my daughter brings home an electronic baby, a lifelike seven-pound girl in a pink hoodie with the words Baby...

Insane and Wonderful

  “Making the decision to have a child—it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking...

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