By the Way | The Right Side of the Grass

By the Way | The Right Side of the Grass

I resolved some years ago to stop tracking birthdays, although I do have to calculate several times a year. Let’s see, 1954 to 2000 is 46, then add … what year is it again? This birthday, number 68, would be unremarkable but for the fact that my father succumbed to...
How Grandparenting Is an Antidote to Ageism

How Grandparenting Is an Antidote to Ageism

There is one “-ism” that seems to receive less attention than the others: ageism. In her book Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders, Mary Pipher suggests a connection between ageism and xenophobia, writing: “In America, we are xenophobic...
A Mother’s Heart

A Mother’s Heart

We had a plan. We executed it perfectly. And then, on September 21, 2022, it completely fell apart. In premarital counseling, Josh and I dreamed of having a big family. We wanted four kids: two girls, two boys. My goal was to be finished having babies by age 35....
160m Children Remain in Child Labor Conditions

160m Children Remain in Child Labor Conditions

There were 233 million working children in 2021, with 160 million in conditions of child labor, according to a report published on Sept. 28 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs. Of the 160 million in child labor, 79 million were...
An Awful Calculus Facing Parents and Children

An Awful Calculus Facing Parents and Children

My 14-year-old son participated in some awful calculus today. He heard that there was an active shooter at my school and, though he wanted to text me for assurance that I was OK, indeed, still alive, he feared that a beep or vibration might alert a predator to my...