What comes next when the ending isn’t happy?

Everything I love about happy endings is represented in the following brief montage of “cheating death” moments from a few of my favorite movies.

It’s about ET, whose heart light went out, but was (immediately) rekindled by the love of the boy…

How a 4th grade science project taught me to write about the moon.

October 1, 2010 | 3:30 pm | Last Quarter Phase

My daughter arrives home from school with a slim notebook covered with photos that represent the night — owls, a gibbous moon cut from white paper, a…

According to the American Cancer Society, about 600 adolescents, aged 15 to 19, die from cancer each year.

In 2017, my daughter, Ana, was one of them.

Ana was sick for four and a half years. During most of that time, even as her cancer progressed, I didn’t think that…

My child lost the lottery. If yours didn’t, you got lucky.

In the 1950s, a cancer diagnosis was a death sentence for a child. Today, it’s a life sentence. It often involves months — or years — of painful treatment. There is no easy way to rid a child of…

Jacqueline Dooley

Essayist, content writer, bereaved parent, occasional poet. Lover of birds, mushrooms, trees, the world’s tiniest poodle, and my wildly talented kid. #gogold

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