Digital Detox: A 3-Step Program

Digital Detox: A 3-Step Program

I’m the first person to admit that I’m addicted to technology. I’m constantly checking my never-ending inflow of texts, emails, Facebook messages, and Twitter tweets. But I learned a couple of things during my amazing safari in South Africa—and not just about rhinoceroses! The Internet isn’t readily accessible in the veld, and at first I went through a certain amount…

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Rewiring the Way We Look at Death

Rewiring the Way We Look at Death

A couple of months ago, the New York Times Styles section profiled Amy Cunningham, a magazine writer and blogger who surprised all her friends—myself included—when she abruptly shifted gears in her mid-50s to enroll at the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service. Now a licensed funeral director, she specializes in eco-friendly burials and do-it-yourself, spiritually attuned ceremonies for people…

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Fireworks for a New Family

Fireworks for a New Family

The baby was due on July 4. Independence Day always ranked low on my list of treasured holidays, but now the date felt significant, like something written in the stars. In truth, no one really knew when our baby would arrive, thanks to my lackadaisical approach to biological record keeping. An exasperated midwife insisted I supply a best-guess date of…

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Losing My Father

Losing My Father

One icy Saturday in January 1980, my father and I were loading firewood into the back of the family station wagon when his face, red from the cold wind and exertion, suddenly drained of color and turned as gray as the crusted snow under our boots. He slumped onto the car’s tailgate and pulled from his pocket the battered aluminum…

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7 Things to Love About Today’s Dads

7 Things to Love About Today’s Dads

Fathers have come a long way since the first day honoring them in Spokane, Washington, in 1900. (It didn’t become an official U.S. holiday until 1966.) And their commitment to their children has grown considerably, especially in the last decade. Let’s see some statistics on how American dads are really coming through for their kids today… [soliloquy id=”18082″] Click here…

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