Friends and Family

What is a family? Sometimes your family includes friends who stand by you in every season of life. The heart of your family might also be your marriage, or the meaning and purpose you derive from parenting, caregiving, or even loving the pets who never let you down.

James Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy

20 Classic Movies to Watch in July on TCM

In the summer, it's fun to curl up on the couch with the kids to watch a classic film. Here are some favorites airing on Turner Classic Movies in July.

An illustration of a wedding cake topper

An Unusual Wedding Interruption

They said “I do,” then the groom raced off to do what he had to do.

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Alisa Johnson, founder of Dogs on Deployment, poses with her two dogs.

She Started a Nonprofit To Care For Military Pets

Dogs on Deployment ensures that canines are cared for when active duty calls.

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Talini (R), a 9-month old 160-pound polar bear cub swims with her mother Barle.

She Gave This Abused Polar Bear a Beautiful Life

Famed bear whisperer Else Poulsen rehabilitated the bear at the Detroit Zoo.

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An artist's rendering of cherubs frolicking on a tomato vine

Home-Grown Roma Tomatoes Inspired a Return to Her Culinary Roots

A new mother of three, she had little time for kitchen creativity, but tackling her mother's (and grandmother's) pasta sauce brought rich rewards.

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The lifesaving photo of Doug climbing a muscadine vine as Buddy Earl looks on

God Sent a Boy's Big Sister to the Rescue

He was 10 years old and in way over his head...

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A pastor and new father reflects on the peaks and valleys of life during the pandemic.

Mountaintop Moments: Finding Hope in Hard Times

A pastor and new father reflects on the peaks and valleys of life during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Nyon and his daughter with his father Bryant; photograph by Maddie McGarvey

A Father's Unexpected Advice on Parenting

He was certain that his approach to parenting differed greatly from his father's, but they were more alike than he knew.

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How to Celebrate a Wedding Anniversary While Social Distancing

Five sweet ways couples can keep a special day meaningful and memorable.

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The Johnsons posing with their goat

A Retired School Principal Finds Joy in a Unique Passion Project

David Johnson ended up building the tallest goat tower in the world.

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How an Unusual Friendship Helped Him Recover from Covid-19

An anesthesiologist vows to do everything he can to help the man who saved his life years earlier. 

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Lou Dean and her mother.

Unexpected Blessings: Reconnecting with Family

For these Guideposts contributors, Covid-19 has brought their families closer together in miraculous ways.

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A colorful hummingbird.

Unexpected Blessings: How Animals Bring Us Hope

From cats to hummingbirds to zoo animals, our Guideposts staff and contributors share their stories of unexpected creature comforts during this time of crisis.

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How Dogs Are Helping People During the Covid-19 Crisis

Canine heroes are delivering food, visiting from a distance and providing for the front lines 

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