Special Features

August 8, 2022

Our Animal Companions

It’s hard to beat the friendship of a loyal pet. Whether a big, old dog, or a spunky, young kitten, or some exotic species, a relationship with a beloved pet can be as deep and fulfilling as anything we can...
July 22, 2022

A Look into the Cosmos

As NASA's new James Webb Space Telescope is sending us images from the very early universe, humanity is pondering the nature of life and the origins of the universe. By making a study of the heavens, these essayists also found...
July 8, 2022

Disability Pride

July is Disability Pride Month, commemorating the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. Disability Pride Month provides an opportunity to honor each person's uniqueness as a integral...
May 30, 2022

On Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the men and women who have died while in military service. To honor the memory of those who have served and sacrificed, we offer this collection of essays...
May 6, 2022

For You, Mom

This week, we honor mothers everywhere—new mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, adoptive mothers, and mothers-in-law. The mother-child relationship is one of the most powerful and complex of relationships, and the following essayists have found that having a mother or being a mother...
April 22, 2022

Autism

April is Autism Acceptance Month, a time to celebrate and promote acceptance for the condition that occurs in one out of every 54 children. From parents who notice that first sign that something may be "different" about their child, to...
April 18, 2022

Living Through Poetry

Poetry can be an expression of love, a processing of grief, or a way to freeze a moment in time. Whether a sonnet, a haiku, or free verse, it is a distillation of language that reveals the very essence of...
April 16, 2022

National Volunteer Week

This week, we honor the people who give of their time, talents and energy to assist those in need. Whether it's cleaning up after a disaster, building a home, mentoring a child, or rescuing a stray animal, the act of...
April 10, 2022

Planting Seeds

Spring has sprung, and many gardeners have begun to plant seeds indoors in anticipation of the coming warmer days. For the essayists below, planting seeds—real or imagined—helps them look to a future harvest. The Simple Joys of Life We Are...