Identical twins Audrey Bell and Cynthia McFadden, and their younger sister Stephanie, knew that using 23andMe to explore their DNA would give them insight into their ancestry and shared genetics, but they never expected it would also unearth clues to a 75-year-old unsolved mystery.
My daughter is her own person, and she deserved a unique name.
Like many adoptees, the two twenty-somethings, turned to DNA testing to find out more about themselves. They wanted to know more about their ancestry, maybe find some biological relatives, and explore the health side of testing.
It’s a common regret: “I wish I’d asked my grandparents, parents, aunts, and uncles more about their lives.”
When they met for the first time, Tamara Miller and Leslie Wheeler were struck by their similarities. They both are Korean adoptees, and both share a cheerful disposition and closets full of colorful hats and clothes. They even carried nearly identical purses at that first meeting.
They arrive in your life amid those confusing, bleary-eyed first postpartum days when you’re feeling sore, exhausted, moody and trying to figure out how to keep a child alive and fed, all while dealing with the equivalent of the longest period of your life.
Women directed a slew of critically-acclaimed films in 2018, including Debra Granik's Leave No Trace, Chloe Zhao's The Rider, Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here, and Marielle Heller's Can You Ever Forgive Me? But it was back to business as usual at this year's Academy Awards ceremony when women were shut out of the Best Director category once again.
When my mom passed away, having established guidelines for my early grieving process was a relief, giving me concrete steps to take and tasks to do. Several years on, I’ve found myself wishing for more traditions and rituals for this stage, and more opportunities to remember and celebrate her life.
Drew Barrymore comes from a family of actors that not only includes her famous relatives—her great-aunt Ethel Barrymore, her great-uncle Lionel Barrymore and her grandfather John Barrymore—but stretches back at least 400 years to her fourth great-grandfather Thomas Haycraft Lane and fourth great-grandmother Louisa Rouse Lane, who were traveling actors.
What I remember most about my parents’ attempts to educate me about puberty and sex was that it clearly made them uncomfortable. When the topic came up, there were usually red faces (on both our parts), meandering pauses, and long throat-clearing.
No matter what holidays you celebrate, fall and winter celebrations typically involve family gatherings, feasts of holiday-specific food, and reflection, all of which means these times offer perfect opportunities to create fun new traditions with your family.