Weird family stuff AND art school? Welcome to my wheelhouse.
Somebody typed it into a search engine and ended up here. Challenge accepted!
You do not have to show up at unsafe parties even if it makes other people sad, this year or any year.
Your house, your rules, so spell them out from now on and give your son-in-law a chance to surprise you.
Content note/reminder that describing bigotry accurately sometimes includes examples. Followed by the usual reminders that boundaries are more about deciding what you will do than about what you can convince other people to do.
What to do when everyone you know is getting vaccinated, except for you? What about when you're the relatively fortunate person? Also, what about relatives who refuse to be immunized? Here are some thoughts about that.
Feelings (jealousy, discomfort, biphobia) clean-up in Aisle 7.
When you want to share an extremely mood-ruining thing (death of a parent) without ruining the mood: Be brief and direct, and let other people be nice to you for a minute.
"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Great! Then why not pick mine?
On calling bluffs, escape velocity, and the futile, necessary, but probably still futile, work of reclaiming some of our relatives from history's flaming dumpster. Content note: Sometimes honestly talking about authoritarian stuff and white supremacy means describing it, so there are examples of actual racist and xenophobic statements from relatives herein.