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Immigrant families blend traditions and habits of their birth country with those of their new American home. For Selina Kaing, that memory resides in a box of birthday candles. Birthdays have always represented a contradiction for my family. As Cambodian refugees who fled the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge regime, we, like many other Cambodians,…
 
When Dorothy O’Donnell tried to join a hiking group the email that followed was surprising at first, then it was infuriating. Recently, I joined a local Meet Up hiking group online. I did so because a friend wanted me to accompany her on one of their hikes. And I figured it might be a fun way to meet new people. To my surprise, the morning after I …
 
When he almost got caught up in serious trouble while trying to keep up with the cool crowd, Wilfredo Molina learned the true value of being yourself. Do you ever feel like you don’t even know who you are? I often feel unfamiliar with my younger self because of my actions that were much unlike me today. From being hated by teachers to almost being …
 
Paul Staley has this Perspective on the ins and outs, literally, of this holiday season. The holidays we observe in this last quarter of the year are, to some extent, about scrambling up the relationship between the outside and the inside. Halloween kicks things off by letting what is usually on the inside go outside instead. Trick or treating mean…
 
A Thanksgiving meal for the homeless is a holiday tradition, and Dan Goldes is there to do his part. A small item in a local paper catches my eye. Volunteers are needed for the Thanksgiving dinner at a local church, a dinner for the homeless people in the neighborhood. Almost on the spur of the moment, I call and commit to two shifts – prep work at…
 
As we age and our families shrink, it often becomes necessary to find a new spot at the Thanksgiving table — or a new table entirely. Sara Alexander has this holiday Perspective. When my mother died 18 years ago my Thanksgiving died with her. At first I did not think much of it, and was glad that I might never again have to fly during the most god-…
 
This Thanksgiving, Richard Swerdlow says there’s a simple question that’s awkward to ask. With Thanksgiving coming, many families are planning to sit down to a meal together for the first time since life was upended by the coronavirus. But along with turkey, this holiday is famous for generous helpings of clumsy conversation. The clueless cousin as…
 
A tremendous amount of food is simply wasted and Sara Orem is determined to do her part to reduce her contribution to the problem. Most of the time only my spouse and I dine at home. You would never guess this if you looked into my 32 cubic foot refrigerator. You would find several stir-fry sauces, three kinds of milk and two drawers full of fresh …
 
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau says a vegetarian Thanksgiving can still be traditional and delicious. The gathering of 52 English colonists and 90 Wampanoag Indians in 1621 marked the beginning of what we call Thanksgiving today. Enduring a year of starvation and disease, for the Christians it was a time to praise God for the abundance of the harvest. Fo…
 
Facebook is betting on the future of virtual reality but Tom Moriarty says everything it’s promised Metaverse can deliver is already available in the real world. Hi everybody. I’m Tom from TomTech, here to tell you about the world’s first 3D, fully-immersive, 360-degree wrap-around social media platform. It’s called The Universe. And it’s available…
 
Hanna Clements-Hart is in the middle of the generational sandwich, and enjoying some unexpected gifts. The same week that my 19-year-old daughter left for college in Illinois, my 89-year-old father moved in around the block from our home. As we settled our first-born into her dorm, it was bittersweet; so excited for her and yet we will miss her. We…
 
Jonathan Slusher has had a long and winding struggle with mental illness and wonders how many others are out there, holding on like him. A few years ago I recovered from a difficult battle with mental health problems. For a long time my range of emotions had been depression, anxiety, or numb. Going to therapy helped. The medications probably did, t…
 
Deidre Silverman has an encounter with a common house finch that brings her closer to the total picture. I was raking leaves in my backyard recently on a crisp, October morning. There was much activity nearby as the pyracantha bush was in full bloom and many birds were feasting on the red berries. Suddenly a wave of birds flew from the bush, flying…
 
Few items are as common or have as many uses as sand, especially in the hands of a child. Barbara Simmons has this Perspective. It seems inevitable. In addition to American Girl dolls and the game of Risk, the Toy Hall of Fame named the simple pail of sand as one of this year’s inductees. Who doesn’t remember the feeling of sand between our toes, a…
 
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