Beyond the sentimental stereotypes, there is a deep relationship between men and their mothers. And it can be hard for a man to acknowledge that debt without again feeling like a little boy clustered around a woman's skirt.
How our society remembers history affects our sense of identity and well-being. The current controversy about remembering the Vietnam War trickles through families up to the present day, and shapes what kind of future our children will encounter.
A small, dirt-road fishing village on the Pacific coast of Mexico organizes to restore their threatened ocean environment and provides hope for all of us. They remind us of the powerful hunger to take care of the natural world and "our animal relatives."
The real significance of Ferguson is that it lays bare the cultural and psychological backdrop for the "new normal" around weaponry and violence in the United States. Like all wars, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have leached into our national consciousness.
The wounds of war can ripple through families even decades after veterans return. Finding a way to talk about the unspoken stories of those who have experienced war directly and those back home who experienced war long-distance can be healing. Here's what's involved in finding a common language.
Veterans and civilians need each other. Familiar verbal stop signs like, “you can’t understand” or “I don’t dare ask” are too costly for everyone. We need to find a way to have a dialogue about what is like to return from war, and what it is like to be a son, a parent, a sibling, a spouse of someone who has been to war