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I’m disabled. Please help me.

I’m disabled. Please help me.

Revolving doors at office towers might as well be called “blind-person milling machines.” Try finding the bottle of vitamins you want on a CVS shelf or minding the gap on the S train at Times Square without plunging to the tracks. Beijing, where I currently reside, is...

The State of Paid Family Leave

The State of Paid Family Leave

"The United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world BECAUSE it doesn’t have paid family leave. In other words, our position as one of the, if not the, wealthiest and most powerful nation on the planet intrinsically depends on our ability to extract...

Beyond toxic positivity

Beyond toxic positivity

In hard times, urging people to be positive doesn’t boost their resilience. It denies their reality. People in pain don’t need good vibes only. They need a hand to stay steady through all the vibrations. Strength doesn’t come from forced smiles. It comes from feeling...

‘I fret about the years that lie ahead’: the unique caring burden of single childless daughters

‘I fret about the years that lie ahead’: the unique caring burden of single childless daughters

I think of Clarice Beckett often. Not so much for the early 20th century painter’s exquisite, misty seaside landscapes. Instead I think of Beckett because she was a single childless woman upon whom the burden of care for elderly parents fell. Beckett, considered by...

Going to crazytown

Going to crazytown

In the summer of 2023 I visited the Belgian city of Geel, excited to discover how it's been home to an adult foster care program for generations. In the US and Canada, adult foster care is all but unheard of, with adults instead relegated to institutional care. I...

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