Christmas is not only about the child of the star, but creativity in general, including the birth of ideas, which require first, an adventurous departure from the known.
In the kitchen with her own girls, a daughter remembers her mother and the season she loved most.
A job soliciting donations in a multitude of accents sets a Salvation Army bell-ringer on the road to finding her own voice as a writer.
My mom spoils my children. She can’t afford it and my husband and I think it is too much. How do I get her to stop?
Charitable giving surges at the end of the calendar year. These important questions can help you determine where to give so that your money does the most good.
Peter May cues up his holiday mixtape.
I look forward to this period of bare trees, bare ground and quiet all through the noisy year.
I’m Jewish, and…I adore this season. I have fun opening cards that say “Merry Christmas” and seeing public Christmas trees that don’t have Hanukkah menorahs next to them. I love Christmas parties and secret Santas and caroling.
What really makes me feel like I don’t belong are the official ways that Christmas is celebrated in our supposedly secular country. December 25 is a legal holiday. Many public offices feature wreaths and Santa Claus, symbols of the season.
Happily monogamous, but waiting for the other shoe — and a man’s biological imperative — to drop.
The recent police shootings of unarmed black men stir memories of the author’s first exposure to racial prejudice.
The unemployment rate for qualified blind job applicants is a staggering 75 percent. Massachusetts is in a unique position to change that.
When a slogan’s meaning is co-opted, a favorite t-shirt becomes a symbol it wasn’t intended to be.
Doctors’ unconscious biases about sexual orientation can adversely affect their treatment of LGBT patients. New national guidelines aim to fix that.
Someone else’s booger drove my mother to buy a Kindle.
It’s time to convert our collective indignation and anguish into genuine moral progress.
In that off-the-beaten-path region of France, I was the first American many of them had seen since the liberation, and I was their first opportunity to say thanks.
Reflecting on what might have been the worst college essay ever.
I know how difficult language is for him. But we keep at it.
To those of you who are new to the child-rearing game, here are some things you should remember to do as you head down the parenting path.
The assault highlighted the nation’s struggle to come to terms with the murder of its most prominent civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
It’s a cliche: holidays have lost their meaning and commercialism has taken over. But this holiday seemed different… until now.
They grow up so fast. Let’s make some money off that!
A look at how digital and mobile technologies are impacting our young people.
One thing I’ve re-learned, too late in my life to do anything about, is that sunbathing is bad for pale skin.
If we could know how much time we have left, how would we use it, and how would that change our perception of time?
Some of the most heinous crimes in recent memory have been carried out by young men.
Much to my middle-age, music-snob surprise, one of the highlights of my summer was attending a One Direction concert with my 15-year-old daughter.
Master chef Thomas Keller says he cares about cooking great food, not about worrying whether it’s local. But Kathy Gunst says in today’s world, that’s the wrong recipe.
I want to give my children the power of words rather than giving words power over them.
As electronic gaming grows, and the digital world becomes more ubiquitous, interest in participatory storytelling is on the rise. Audiences don’t just want to passively absorb, they want to participate.
In our family, books dominate every holiday. If that isn’t you, then you’re doing it wrong!
For this woman, our shared New England history wasn’t one. The melting pot had never really melted.
Two brothers, one of them disabled, get by on the kindness of strangers.
The holiday really begins 24 hours before the main event.
Children are not supposed to die. But when they do, they become our teachers. Their legacy is to show the rest of us how to confront the unimaginable.
My dad is in his late innings now, possibly in the ninth, but he’s not out yet. Not as long as the Red Sox still come first.
What happens when you say “I don’t know”? You never know.
We’ve gotten so used to seeing TV screens everywhere — taxis, gas stations, elevators, even bathrooms. It seems we’re never more than a foot or two away from our next media experience.
As my condition worsens and things become more difficult, I know I will need to let more people in.
What makes your birthday special — aside from the fact, of course, that you entered our world — is that it marks a fundamental victory for the cause of love over hate.
Is America really ready to embrace a “race neutral” approach to equality? The majority of the U.S. Supreme Court apparently thinks so.
Certainly, Universal Studios has the right to offer visitors a “V.I.P Experience.” But that doesn’t mean they should.
Every year, whether I’m mindful of the date or not, the anniversary of my late father’s cancer diagnosis brings on a physical reaction.
The purported battle between “stay-at-home” mothers and “working” mothers is officially over. But was there ever really a conflict to begin with?
Once upon a time, when your kid was graduating college you gave him a briefcase. Times have changed.
Like the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, Travis Roy’s life changed in matter of seconds. Now, nearly 20 years after the accident that left him paralyzed, he offers a message of hope and consolation to the survivors struggling to come to grips with a new normal.
In Boston’s delicate early spring, subject to changing temperatures and still wintry nights, we are haunted by memories, good and bad.
The notion that veiling and Islam somehow connote evil bothered me, and I wanted to do my small part to disrupt it, even if it meant running 3 miles clad head-to-toe in black.
The manhunt and capture of alleged 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev brought out my motherly instincts in a surprising way.
But what if it were random instead? Might it shed some much needed light on the rat race that is getting into college?
“Lean In” pushes women to work full-time in high-powered jobs, even through motherhood. But it seems to willfully disregard one glaring fact: A great many of us don’t want to.
This what so many autism parents like me believe about our own children, but we forget. We forget it every single day, because we see so little of the evidence we need.
Big News: Leah Hager Cohen‘s Cog essay, “The Courage To Say ‘I Don’t Know,'” has been expanded into a book! Described by publisher, Riverhead, as “a short, concise book in favor of honoring doubt,” Kirkus calls it “refreshingly wise and open-minded.” Get your copy here. Congrats, LHC. We are very proud.
I admire the writer’s honesty and the way the piece leaves the questions there to think about, rather than posing answers.