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A Case of the Human Condition: When a Six-Year-Old Flies Solo

My mother-in-law was on the phone. Could my 6-year-old son Peter come to Southern California for a week’s visit with her? “A week?” I thought. Could I get along without my little son for a whole week?


A Case of the Human Condition: Four-Year-Old Girls — The Last Bastion of Pretty

Pink dresses, powder blue dresses. Dresses with nosegays, kitty cats and sunbursts. Little girls, it seems, are the last stronghold of prettiness in today’s society.


When a Grown Daughter Doesn’t Call — Or, How to Overmother a Twenty-Something

Christina hadn’t called. We had dropped her at the airport hours ago. The flight to Burbank takes only seventy minutes. She should be home by now. But Jon and I still hadn’t gotten the, “I’m home. The plane didn’t crash. My roommate remembered to pick me up, and we didn’t get mugged in the garage,” phone call.


A Case of the Human Condition: A Child Is Born — And So Is a Grandpa

My friend Jake is a man in his prime. He does triathlons, reads good books, knows all the best hiking trails and drinks nice wines. Jake has never been anybody’s rickety old grandpa — until recently, when Jake’s daughter gave birth to a baby girl.


A Case of the Human Condition: The Center of the Universe? It’s a Little Beach in Michigan, of Course

If I were drawing a map of the world, its center would be at Bass Lake, just where its outlet flows into the great, blue Lake Michigan. I have lived in California for nearly two decades, but like my forebears – my mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother – I return to Lake Michigan every chance I get.