In this issue: The battle for America’s coastlines, Norman Rockwell’s inspiration for Freedom of Speech (reprinted on the cover), short story by PEN/Faulkner Award fiction finalist Valerie Trueblood, best brunch recipes, and more.
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Cover illustration by Norman Rockwell, first appeared inside The Saturday Evening Post on February 20, 1943.
Whither Free Speech
The right of personal expression is the spine, perhaps the entire skeleton, of democracy. Is this fundamental American freedom under attack? More
Our Life on the Water
Joy, wonder, and the occasional dollop of paralyzing fear — what it’s like to raise a child with the Pacific as her backyard. More
The Parenting Paradox
Let’s face it: The day-to-day experience of raising kids is rarely much fun. Yet, in retrospect, nothing gives us more joy. More
Who owns America’s coastlines? How much access does the public deserve? Communities from California to Maine are struggling with these issues, which are rooted in almost 1,500 years of legal history. More
The New Nursing Home
How innovative thinkers are shaking up the classic nursing home paradigm and helping people in a state of dependence find value in their existence. More
In this short story, 6-year-old Mary learns that life is not as predictable as a game of cards. More
I Loved My Wife, but I Wished She Would Die
By: John La Grange
Brittany Maynard’s highly publicized suicide brought me back to the last week I had with my wife — a week I’d give anything not to have experienced. More
The Moon Man Down the Street
By: Cable Neuhaus
In 2015, we interviewed astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who passed away on February 4, 2016, a day before the 45th anniversary of his moon landing. Here, Mitchell shares his concerns about our planet’s future. More
Gimme a Break!
By: Philip Gulley
Humorist Philip Gulley covers the disturbing evolution of what used to be a simple spring holiday. More
I Was a Psychotic Soccer Mom
By: Claire Peeps
Living vicariously through my daughter allowed me to celebrate her skills — but it also made me realize how much I had missed in my pre-Title IX sports career. More
Let’s Play Dress-Up
By: Ed Dwyer
Has the casual ethic gone too far? When did it become acceptable to attend milestone events and special occasions dressed as if you were headed to Whole Foods afterward? More
By: Patrick Perry
Elevate your midday menu with sweet and savory ideas from chef Ellie Krieger. More
The Savings Secret
By: Steven G. Blum
Compare and choose a retirement account, then fund that account as much as you can. More
What’s the Big Deal?
By: Jeff Bertolucci
When it comes to smartphones, should you buck trends and keep a smaller phone? The answer depends. Analyzing the size explosion in smartphones. More