Claire Harris

No One Told Me Grief Would Last My Entire Life

I may have lost my father twenty-five years ago, but no one told me about the complicated nature of grief.   I dreamed about my father last night. It was a dream I know well: the one where he shows up at our family home to explain that he has been alive all along, and there is a very simple reason why he couldn’t come back to us sooner.

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Claire Harris

Claire Harris is a writer in exile who has spent the last decade traveling and working around the world. This is not nearly as glamorous as it sounds and usually involves scraping by on a diet of muesli and cheap wine. Occasionally together.

Dear Grandson: On Continuing Education and Retirement

In the final installment of his “Dear Grandson” column, Stan Gerding talks about graduating from college, retiring from the Navy, the several jobs he held after that, and officially retiring. 

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise XXVII: You Are Beautiful and You Are Loved

John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, reminding you that you are beautiful and you are loved.

Dear Grandson: Coffee with Admiral Zumwalt and Going Back to School

In his latest “Dear Grandson,” Stan Gerding talks about his role at Bethesda Naval Hospital, having coffee with Admiral Zumwalt, and going back to school at age 41.

Dear Grandson: On Revenge and Funerals

In his latest “Dear Grandson,” Stan Gerding talks about his routines while working at Capitol Hill, attending his father’s funeral, and moving to another duty station.