How Can You Laugh at a Time Like This?

I think laughter may be a form of courage. As humans, we sometimes stand tall and look into the sun and laugh, and I think we are never more brave than when we do that. –Linda Ellerbee, American journalist Many people feel guilty when they laugh during a loss. They...

Top 10 Tips for Talking to Your Teen

Teenagers are known for being moody, irritable and stressed out. Just watch any old episode of Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls or Glee. Trying to get through to your teen can feel about as productive as trying to get your houseplant to empty the dishwasher. The teen-parent...

Revisiting My Cancer Journal, 30 Years Later

When I was diagnosed with brain cancer as a young adult, I remember thinking, “What would I do if I could survive 10 more years? How would I change? Who would I become?” As my treatment progressed, I tried to answer these questions through journaling. Now 30 years...