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Why I’m not holding back about what happened to me after I was on ‘The Bachelor’

As an Asian woman, I’m expected to keep the hard stuff to myself. But that’s why it’s even more important I tell the truth.

After 20 years, I met my childhood hero: The local news anchor who looked like me

Representation in media is important. I know this because I saw someone who looked like me on TV growing up and believed I could do that, too.
Illustration of a news anchor in a tv
Illustration of a news anchor in a tv

The day I flew home after being kidnapped by terrorists on a rock-climbing trip

My parents trusted me. They trusted my decisions. They trusted the world. Now I was returning home a broken mess.?
Beth and Tommy in Portaledge in a tent on the side of a cliff
Beth and Tommy in Portaledge in a tent on the side of a cliff

I ran away from a troubled teen program and escaped for good. This is my story

I spent three years at the DeSisto School. I'm still recovering.
Erich Bartlebaugh
Erich Bartlebaugh

My mom was downsizing. But convincing her to get rid of her stuff felt impossible

If you want to throw your mother into a state of depression, I suggest offering to look up how much her antiques are worth.
collage of arms holding box of stuff including a spinning wheel on purple background
collage of arms holding box of stuff including a spinning wheel on purple background

I was obsessed with wedding superstitions. I think it saved my marriage

Following every good-luck rule was just one way of managing my fears around making it to forever.
collage of bride in rain cloud with umbrella on orange paper background
collage of bride in rain cloud with umbrella on orange paper background

The unique pain of being an almost-mom on Mother's Day

“Whose mom are you?” a little boy blurted out. I inhaled before the tears welled.
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A collage of women saddened

The part of motherhood we forgot to tell you about

We shouldn't stop talking about the hard parts of motherhood. But we should also talk about the fun parts.

I dreaded Mother’s Day after my son died. Then I learned to play again

I was at a soccer match, tears streaming down my face, when something clicked.
Nikki and Tommy Mark.
Nikki and Tommy Mark.

I loved parenting a teen. But now he’s moving out and I’m absolutely crushed

I don't regret having an only child, but I'm heartbroken that this part of my life is ending.
collage of Tanya Gibson with her son in an old photo next to a present day photo
collage of Tanya Gibson with her son in an old photo next to a present day photo
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