Why is the Me Generation so self-conscious? Polly Young-Eisendrath, author and psychologist, talks about self-esteem problems and what can be done about them.

Taking her newborn to an assisted living facility, Misha Becker discovers the mysterious kinship between the very old and the very young.

Prizing newness with its sleek and perfect lines has some ugly consequences. An aesthetic alternative, offers author Elizabeth Farrelly, is wabi sabi, the Japanese philosophy that beauty lies in what is flawed.

In honor of Mother’s Day, here is a selection of stories relating to childbirth, parenting, caring for aging parents and dealing with their passing—with mindfulness.