Christmas Traditions

When I was around 6 years old I saw this movie on TV- it was Christmas Eve and the whole family was wearing matching sweaters and gathered next to a big beautiful Christmas tree, drinking from little matching cups and singing Christmas carols. They smiled at each other with deep affection. I remember it looking […]

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HOW THE PURSUIT FOR A FAMILY DEEPENED OUR LOVE

On the way to the clinic for our third, and decidedly final, egg retrieval, we sat silent in the car wondering what the future held for us. After so many failed transfers, the doctor had only given us a 10% chance of success. She hadn’t recommended doing another cycle, but we wanted to give it […]

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Are couples without children still a ‘family’?

One of the things infertile couples are encouraged to do is re-imagine what the word ‘family’ really means. Can a family be two adults who love each other and respectfully and passionately choose to spend their life together? Can a married couple with no children still be considered a ‘family’? It might be something for […]

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The Secret To Meatballs is Connection

I’m working on a piece for International Women’s Day (coming up March 8th). I’ve been asked to write a memoir essay on a woman who encouraged or inspired me growing up, who taught me patience and self-love and brought me into womanhood. I’ve chosen to write an essay about the time I visited my grandmother in […]

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Learning to Take the Power Back

I met Dover at orientation in the gymnasium of our Arts High School on the first day of ninth grade. She was a dance major and I was in theater. She had long dark brown Italian hair and perfect skin. She was fierce and brave and I liked her immediately. I like to think that we were […]

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Survival of the Fittest: Hide Your Weaknesses

I was 12 when my dad announced that he was retiring. He had made a bunch of money on a big real estate deal and decided he was taking the money and moving 1400 miles away to St. Petersburg, Florida. “You can call me whenever you want” he said as he handed me his business […]

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