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Family time

by Christine Herrin

Santa clarita — Don’t let the alcohol fool you — it wasn’t a super happy moment. Well, actually, maybe it was. The overall mood was heavy; Auntie A had collapsed a few days prior and was now in the ICU, and in a coma.1 I got a message from my cousin with the news, and sent it to my mom right away. Less than 12 hours later, she texts me: “We’re flying in.” (You know it’s a big deal when they decide in less tha...


An unexpected coffee with my daughter

by Rian van der Merwe

Cape town — It’s not that I didn’t always have a strong connection with my eldest daughter. It’s just that recently, as she’s running headlong into her fifth year of life, we’ve started to connect in ways I didn’...

Family, Scotland, childhood

The most beautiful place in the world

by Ellen Catriona

Portree — The natural beauty of the Isle of Skye, Scotland, is said to have inspired J.R.R. Tolkein as he wrote Lord of the Rings*. It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Other natural wonders I’ve seen...

sea, Family

Our London Bridge

by David Wade Chambers

Port campbell — When my mother visited the Great Ocean Road a few years ago on her last visit to Australia, I tried to coax her to walk with me out across the two great spans of “our” London Bridge. ‘No’, she said, ...

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