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Mourning and hoping alongside That Dragon, Cancer

"We live in a sick system … and our job should be to redeem it, not just condemn it." So says Ryan Green, one half of the team responsible for That Dragon, Cancer, a point-and-click video game about Green's son, Joel, and his battle with terminal brain cancer. Joel was…  [more]

Why not having kids is more than a lifestyle choice

In a recent Time magazine article on childlessness, Lauren Sandler notes that the American birth rate is at an all-time low and asks: “What happens when having it all means not having children?” Sandler notes Jonathan Last’s argument that the low birth rate will have devastating long-term economic effects. And…  [more]

There’s room for one more Messiah

About seven years ago, I joined the ranks of parents who name their child something unusual. My husband and I fell in love with the name Zora and gifted our first daughter with that name. In advance of her birth, we shared the name with only one relative, fearful that…  [more]

Goth Barbies and cultural desires

As it turns out, I hate camping. This in spite of the fact that one of my most treasured toys as a girl was my Barbie camper. It had been the big package under the tree that Christmas when I was 7. Once I unwrapped it, I luxuriated in its…  [more]

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