Sending Love to the Orca Mom Who Carried Her Dead Calf for 17 Days & Finally Let Her Go

For the last two weeks, I have been following the incredibly depressing story of an orca whale in the Pacific Ocean who continued to carry the body of her dead calf long after she died. According to reports, the bereaved mother has finally let go of the calf’s body, which hopefully means she and I can begin the…

An LA 'Community Hub' for Families Welcomes You Into Its Cocoon of Good Intentions

In October, a new “community hub” for families is opening up in Los Angeles called Loom. Loom may not be open yet, but its membership quota is full (you can join a waitlist on their website). They have 16,000 followers on Instagram and 18 reviews on Yelp, mostly effusive praise for one of its co-founders, a practicing…

50 Things to Do With Your Mom That Are More Enjoyable Than Taking Her to See Mother's Day

Mother’s Day, the unfathomably bad new ensemble comedy by Garry Marshall, ends with a blooper reel. It’s not a particularly good blooper reel, but there is one great moment—perhaps the only good moment of the entire film. In it, Julia Roberts is seen in character (complete with that hideous wig) staring out the window…

Dolly Parton Reminisces About Earning the Money to Spoil Her Parents 

On December 10 NBC premiered Coat Of Many Colors, a biopic about Dolly Parton and her family. The movie, which “received NBC’s biggest ratings on Thursday night since the 2009 series finale of E/R” has inspired interest in Parton’s family life and, in the spirit of the holidays, she has shared her first experience…

Chinese Judicial Exam Asks Lawyers Whom They'd Save First in a Fire: Their Moms or Girlfriends 

People entering careers as lawyers and judges in China are faced with an interesting moral quandary while taking the national judicial examination. On the exam, among questions about contract negotiations, lawsuits, and damages, test-takers are asked directly about who they would save in a fire, their mothers or their…