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Personal stories about parenting, health, pop culture and more.

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'Mulan' was everything to me as an Asian American girl. Then I watched again as an adult

It's been more than 25 years since the iconic Disney film came out. Would the movie mean as much to me as it did all those years ago?

I blamed myself for my ectopic pregnancy. Here’s what helped me get through it

I'd advocated for myself at doctor's appointments and been proactive about my reproductive health. So when something went wrong, I thought: What did I miss?
Alexis Holliday
Alexis Holliday

My lung collapsed 6 times before I was finally diagnosed with a rare form of endometriosis

One doctor said, “I’ve only ever read about this in my textbooks. I didn’t think people actually got this.”
Photo of woman in black and pink top.
Photo of woman in black and pink top.

Why I’m not holding back about what happened to me after I was on ‘The Bachelor’

As an Asian woman, I’m expected to keep the hard stuff to myself. But that’s why it’s even more important I tell the truth.

After 20 years, I met my childhood hero: The local news anchor who looked like me

Representation in media is important. I know this because I saw someone who looked like me on TV growing up and believed I could do that, too.
Illustration of a news anchor in a tv
Illustration of a news anchor in a tv

The day I flew home after being kidnapped by terrorists on a rock-climbing trip

My parents trusted me. They trusted my decisions. They trusted the world. Now I was returning home a broken mess.?
Beth and Tommy in Portaledge in a tent on the side of a cliff
Beth and Tommy in Portaledge in a tent on the side of a cliff

I ran away from a troubled teen program and escaped for good. This is my story

I spent three years at the DeSisto School. I'm still recovering.
Erich Bartlebaugh
Erich Bartlebaugh

My mom was downsizing. But convincing her to get rid of her stuff felt impossible

If you want to throw your mother into a state of depression, I suggest offering to look up how much her antiques are worth.
collage of arms holding box of stuff including a spinning wheel on purple background
collage of arms holding box of stuff including a spinning wheel on purple background

I was obsessed with wedding superstitions. I think it saved my marriage

Following every good-luck rule was just one way of managing my fears around making it to forever.
collage of bride in rain cloud with umbrella on orange paper background
collage of bride in rain cloud with umbrella on orange paper background

The unique pain of being an almost-mom on Mother's Day

“Whose mom are you?” a little boy blurted out. I inhaled before the tears welled.
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A collage of women saddened

The part of motherhood we forgot to tell you about

We shouldn't stop talking about the hard parts of motherhood. But we should also talk about the fun parts.
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