The Surprisingly Simple Way 1 Parent Explained This Complex Concept

After his four-year-old daughter asked, “Where do people go when they die?” Chris Hunt was at a loss—until he found the answer in, of all things, a children’s poem.

30 Commonly Mispronounced Words (and How to Say Them)

Use this cheat sheet so you’ll always be prepared.

The Surprising Way My Marriage Changed When the Kids Left Home

Eat like slobs? Yes. Walk around the house naked? Sure. Swear like sailors? 
Of course! After tearfully bidding good-bye to 
their college-bound kids, Ann Leary and her 
husband discovered that 
the empty-nest syndrome was, well, for the birds.

Why I Refused to Get a Nose Job—But Then Did It Anyway

After decades of being teased and rebuffed because of her nose, Rachel Hager found herself considering plastic surgery in her 50s. But was she caving to cosmetic conformity or taking control?

How a Tough Camping Trip Helped My Family Get Over a Divorce

Can camping heal four fractured lives? After her marriage ended in New York City, Lisa Wood Shapiro headed to Maine to find out.

The Surprising Way a Movie Brought Me Closer to My Mom

Growing up in a family that prized toughness, Megan Abbott loved gangster movies, gum­shoes, and gun molls. But one enduring 
influence could always bring her to tears.

How I Dealt With an Unexpected Death in the Middle of My Busy Life

After losing his younger sister to cancer, novelist Kristopher Jansma thought he would reach the end of a chapter. But then life got in the way.

How a Long-Forgotten Wedding Present Changed My Marriage

Lee Woodruff’s red long johns—a wedding present from her husband—went from a symbol of adventure to a sign of midlife stagnation… until one trip changed everything.

The 7 Phrases Every Woman Should Be Able to Say (Without Flinching)

Some things are so much easier to say in your head than they are out loud. Your cousin asks if you could pet-sit her Newfoundlands and you think, “Oh, heck no” but say “Sure thing.” A potential employer asks your salary requirement and you think “I’m worth this much and not a penny less!” but say, “Well, I don’t want to take a pay cut.” We asked the experts for tips on how to let these and other important statements roll right off your tongue, without getting stuck in your throat.

How I Made Peace With My Aging Body

When Julianna Baggott’s daughter decided to make a sculpture inspired by her mother’s breasts, the writer was forced to take a new look at her (older) body.

Santa’s Dead?

After David McGlynn told his son that Mr. Claus was based on a real person, the boy decided to take matters (and a bit of childhood magic) into his own hands.

5 Times to Go With Your Gut

Hellooo there, head! It’s me, your gut. Listen up: There are a few important situations in life when I deserve to be heard.