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Voyages of imagination

Adventures await a grandfather who is helping to care for his 2-year-old grandson.

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Working through a work breakup

Our relationship was destined to end, but walking away from my job was unexpectedly wrenching.

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Gifts from our mothers come with lasting meaning

After a loved one dies, the presents they’ve given become vessels for both immense grief and love.

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These men have beaten the odds to stay friends for 50 years

They met at college in 1969, and the resulting friendships have seen them through life’s ups and downs.

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Two friends, one very cold pond

Gathering her courage for a winter ritual.

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You, me, and Doyle’s Cafe

We adopted the Jamaica Plain watering hole as the boardroom for our friendship. What will we do now that it’s closing?

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Lasting advice from Dad and Mom

It’s amazing how much of what your parents said comes back to you when you have your own children.

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My visiting mom wanted lobster. I wanted quality time with her — in the kitchen.

Sharing shellfish — and making memories — with my mother.

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Beautiful memories from an ugly chair

The rocker my nearly 90-year-old mother scored at an auction has a strange hold over me.

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To my ex-students: Of course I remember you

The message-leavers always wonder: Do you remember me? This former teacher says: Always.

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Walking in my sister’s shoes when she no longer can

Following a car accident, my fashionable sister’s life changed, and I gained wisdom from her example.

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Dealing with a suddenly empty nest

Like the finches camped out on our porch, we needed to let our kids fly.

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The celebration of a lifetime

We worried that my grandmother’s 100th birthday party would draw a small crowd. How happy we were to be wrong.

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I learned about friendship by watching my mom and her friends at the kitchen table

Chatting and laughing, my mom and her old pals set an example that endures decades later.

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Decades later, memories from Mom and Dad

The letters stashed in an old desk stirred up painful memories — and reminders of my parents’ love.

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After a bad breakup, I skipped dating apps and downloaded Petfinder

My bruised heart needed unconditional love. I found it on my phone, but not quite where I expected.

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Memories of picking blueberries with my grandmother

My grandmother’s spirit stays with me decades later, especially at the breakfast table.

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My childhood seizures could have been terrifying, but my dad made it OK

His simple analogy helped me understand, and made having a brain that works differently seem cool.

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Mission of Burma’s bassist finally gets rid of his record collection

What does it take to get an aging rocker to part with his beloved vinyl records?

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My husband calls me ‘Madame Lasagna.’ And I’m OK with that.

After almost a quarter century, our goofy couple nicknames still have a nice ring to them.

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My dad never forgot how his uncle saved the family

More than half a century later, the unbreakable bond between my dad and his uncle stays with me.

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Our holy trinity: Family, church, and golf

We learned golf etiquette as early as we learned table manners, owned proper course attire, and mastered driving golf carts long before cars.

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How would I hand him over to his new mom? A foster mother’s story

We had protected him and cared for him, but for his new life to truly begin, we had to let him go.

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Bonding with Dad through fishing

Fly fishing provided the occasional détente from the battlefield between daughter and father, and helped us nurture our precarious relationship.

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The not-so-terrible twos

Unlike everyone else, my toddler son doesn’t know I have cancer — and that’s a relief.

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For our honeymoon, we ran the Boston Marathon

From a Tinder profile photo at the Marathon finish line to the altar, one step at a time.

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A granddaughter seeks her grandmother’s secrets

I ask — and ask and ask — until finally, in the dark where I can’t see her face, she tells me.

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When it comes to baseball, my 5-year-old plays by his own rules

Watching my son on the baseball field was frustrating — until I realized I had the game all wrong.

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Back to college with my daughter

We’re learning about schools she’s interested in attending — and, when she looks up from her phone, each other.

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The wedding was a lark, but the marriage has been a gift

This couple is still happily sharing costar billing after 35 years.

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We were headed for divorce. Then everything changed.

Our marriage was mired in something far worse than a rough patch.

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I feel certain Dad is watching over me

Although he died when I was young, he lends a hand when I really need one.

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He who laughs last

My lighthearted grandfather was in pain, and out of jokes. What could I do?

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Those three little magic words

I learned from my mother to be frugal with money — and affection. An unexpected expert helped me change my ways.

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To my late brother on his 50th birthday

We were so young when he died, but my older brother is always with me.

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The magic of musicals

My mother raised me to love Broadway shows. As her memory falters, can we still share that feeling?

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My ‘cool aunt’ role model

I was only a toddler when Aunt Brenda died, but she’s never far away.

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Sorting through my mother’s closets

Winnowing down the possessions of a lifetime shows what really matters.

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Making one last toast to Mom

My mother was gone, but I still felt her presence. A tale of martinis and coincidences.

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To manage my MS, I find inspiration in my fellow patients — and my mother

At 91, my mother already knew what I have only recently learned about the power of exercising in groups.

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Feeling blue at the holidays? Here’s a thought that may help.

During the most wonderful time of the year, sadness sometimes, somehow finds a way to creep in.

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When the face staring back in the mirror is mom’s

My mother isn’t crazy about her profile, but I don’t mind mine — it reminds me of her.

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A precious holiday family heirloom tells the story of generations

Sixty years later, Mom’s Christmas tablecloth captures our family history.

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My dad lived to 101, and as I grow older, I try to keep learning from him

Now that I am beginning to experience glimpses of the aging process, I feel the need to tell him what I’m going through.

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On Veterans Day, reflections in the Wall

A lifetime after a brother’s death in Vietnam, looking for him in Washington — and finding him in Maine.

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In my father’s uneven footsteps

Lessons from my father, a polio survivor, about living life with no regrets.

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My mom, Fran, always had a plan to keep her kids on track

All our lives, our mother made sure we were in the right place at the right time — together.

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Within my family, a bit of a battle over Brahms

A framed print of the composer had watched over generations of my piano-playing family. Would he ever come home with me?

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‘Who’s teaching her to drive?’ A parent’s dilemma

It took me three years to get my driver’s license as a teen. And now it’s my daughter’s turn.

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Dad, me, and a love of reading

He shopped for them on his lunch break, and brought them home to expand my horizons.