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.
Have you ever noticed which inherited genetic traits are passed down through the generations in your family? You might not see them at first, but once you notice the patterns and similarities running through your family tree, they’re obvious. Maybe your family is full of procrastinators, or the same nose shows up in every generation.
In the memoir my grandfather left behind about his experiences as a young man serving in the Korean War, he wrote that the book was for posterity. These stories were his way of leaving a legacy.
At first I couldn’t place the sense of familiarity that filled the pages, but it didn’t take me long to realize that his enthusiasm, curiosity and writing voice all reminded me of me.
Comedian and Cal grad Zahra Noorbakhsh is a self-described “pork-eating, alcohol-drinking, premarital sex-having, bisexual feminist Iranian Shi’a Muslim.” That is, she doesn’t fit neatly into any one box.
As a personal historian, I've had many people tell me that they regret not knowing more of their family stories. I hope this project encourages people to take an active interest in their family history. Because the more we know about our family history, the more we know about ourselves.
Planning any kind of party can be overwhelming — there are so many moving parts: the decorations, food, games, and, oh yeah, the amount of time you spend trying to keep your kids from messing up all the prep work you just did!
Then, there’s the added pressure of being compared to those parents in your son’s class who’ve never had a Pinterest Fail and somehow manage to flawlessly execute some terribly adorable rainbow or tie dye or kids’ movie theme every year.
My husband remembers the foods I dislike better than I do. At restaurants I’ll point to the menu and ask, “Do I like this kind of fish?” He always leaves enough time to get places punctually (and has had to adjust to my chronic lateness). When I’m not feeling well, he reminds me to drink water, take ibuprofen, and eat because he knows I’m not good at doing those things when I’m sick.