After 15 years, a visit with my ex brought back fireworks, but not the type you might expect.

When I arrived at the swanky wine bar, there was only one open table — dimly lit and intimate. The booze, sexy music and candlelight felt like a callback to our first kiss 15 years before, almost to the day.

There was no sign of him, so I ordered a…

Think writers can’t make a good living? It’s a common misconception. True, writers who focus on creative forms — novels, essays and other projects that don’t come with an advance payment — may have trouble making ends meet. …

I never envisioned our sons attending the type of school that requires uniforms and black shoes — no logos please. But after months in a virtual classroom with real-world hiccups, private school began to look like the only viable option. The reason: Distance learning was a disaster for our family.

Parenting through COVID-19

On a summer day while on vacation, my husband, Brandon, and I headed outside to toss Frisbees with our three children. After sheltering-at-home for more than four months, donning masks and bathing in hand sanitizer, we craved a safe retreat from COVID-19 reality.

We thought about canceling our trip, but…

Amy Paturel

Personal essay writer and teacher. I’m passionate about helping people share their stories. Find my work in NYT, WaPo, GH, Real Simple and @

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