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When I first found out I was to become a father, I was curious if there were any good books on fatherhood out there. Perhaps I was a little envious of my wife, who seemingly had a mountain of interesting, truthful, down-to-earth books on motherhood -- The Hip Mama Survival Guide, The Mother Trip, Mothers Who Think, The Big...

"I'd rather be free than rich or poor."

This week TMM talks to documentary filmmaker Luci Westphal about her film All's Well and Fair. The series juxtaposes the lives and ideals of 3 single punk rock moms in the 1990s, and takes up the story again to examine their realities and...

I’ve just released Peter Parker from his leash.  His little terrier legs are running free at the dog park.  Four year old Cole isn’t racing after his best friend like he usually does; instead he’s doing some awkward sort of calisthenics.  I’ve seen this dance before.

“Why didn’t you go before we left the house? ...

A single mother lived upstairs with her seven-year-old son. I was a guest for the week in my friends’ new second-floor apartment in a sunny three-unit house. They hadn’t seen much of their neighbor, they told me, but they’d heard her. Screams, threats, curses, relentless wrath against her child. They laughed about it. She’d...

I don't think Petra remembered her placenta, but she seemed to like its shallow grave among the sagebrush.
 
She stood on the mound of fresh dirt, looking east toward the rising sun, a faint smile creeping into the corners of her little mouth. "Is the rest of my childhood going to be this weird?" the smile hinted...

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