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Coming of Age

First-Generation, Non-Binary and Just Enough the Way I Am

The Establishment | Posted 06.09.2016 | Queer Voices
The Establishment

I couldn't possibly talk about this guilt with my parents or my peers, so instead, I bottled these feelings up and turned on myself, leading a double life.

Dorm Move Out, Part V

Zoha Qamar | Posted 05.19.2016 | Teen
Zoha Qamar

May 2016 My ability to stick is just as strong as a Command hook, and my ability to stick around is just as weak as one. The way the end of the schoo...

A Goodbye Letter to 23, That Beatiful A&%#@$!

Alex Madda | Posted 04.20.2016 | Comedy
Alex Madda

DUECES 23. MAY YOU BURN IN THE MOST LUXURIOUS SPA FROM A FACIAL TREATMENT YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU WERE ALLERGIC TO. Thanks for some wicked good times, but 24 is where it's at.

Lessons From a Rwandan Sunrise

Morgan Pak | Posted 04.01.2016 | Impact
Morgan Pak

The sun meets the sky and spreads like an open hand, reaching a vast sea of orange­ blue with fingers climbing higher as they begin to bloom and shout across the sky. This was the backdrop for 120 girls, who lived oceans apart, to come together and learn about STEM-- and ultimately themselves.

How A Mismatched Job Experience Helped Me Find My Courage

Bailey Gaddis | Posted 03.17.2016 | Women
Bailey Gaddis

I was paid good money to talk to myself on national television about a topic I knew nothing about for four hours, a few times a week (and not have a panic attack).

A Masterful and Moving Tale of Too Much Time

Off The Shelf | Posted 03.14.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Richard Fifield | Off the Shelf I'm now at the age where time is a villain in a horror movie. Time is frightening to me--hours lost at bad dinner ...

Best and Most Beautiful Things Premieres at SXSW

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.01.2016 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

One of the year's most touching documentary films, Best and Most Beautiful Things, makes its world premiere this month at SXSW. A provocative and joy...

My Gay Brother Was The Best Parent I Could Have

The Establishment | Posted 02.23.2016 | Queer Voices
The Establishment

Conservatives say that a child needs a traditional upbringing -- a mother and a father -- in order to be "raised right." I had neither, and I'm thankful for that every day.

Why Do Mormons Have Churches and Temples?

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Mormon temples are beautiful architectural additions to any city they are in. When Mormons arrived in Salt Lake City in 1847, the first thing Brigham Young did was to mark out the temple site.

Parenting: A Flavor of Soul Nourishment

Padma Gordon | Posted 12.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Padma Gordon

Today was a wonderful day that we began by going on a late morning walk with some dear friends in the stunningly beautiful area surrounding our home. ...

Santa Claus Gave Me The Sex Talk

Wes Janisen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wes Janisen

It was a crisp, clear day in December 1998, and I'd just been released from my 5th grade classroom for Winter Break. It had been a spectacular day, fi...

6 Life Lessons From Teaching My Son to Shave

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 11.11.2015 | Parents
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Most of my father-son memories are documented in some way using the camera from my iPhone. It takes pretty good shots, and I'll admit it, I have a bit of a social media addiction. This moment was different, though.

11 Coming-Of-Age Books With The Power To Change Your Life

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.11.2015 | Fifty

There are some books that just stay with us, no matter how many decades ago we read them. In some cases, they gave voice to our lives and articulated ...

A Bestselling Beach Read That Stands the Test of Time

Off The Shelf | Posted 09.01.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

Yesterday, I tossed The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing into my beach bag. I first read Melissa Bank's debut novel when it came out sixteen years ago, and I remembered that some of the action takes place on Long Beach Island, where I am now.

Our Kids Get Too Many Trophies

Jimmy Dunne | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
Jimmy Dunne

I was at a recent town park board meeting -- where a few folks brought up that maybe it's time to pull back on the gazillion trophies given out for every park league sporting event. We kicked around how kids are being weaned to expect to bring home some "hardware" just for showing up.

10 Fabulous Books To Read With Your Kids This Summer

Lori Day | Posted 07.10.2016 | Parents
Lori Day

Sharing books with my child helped me understand her world, and opened up crucial lines of communication when she was in elementary school that remained open throughout her tween and teen years, and to this very day.

Feminism and Its PR Problem

Annie Grayer | Posted 07.07.2016 | Women
Annie Grayer

My mother's generation, propelled by the scars of my grandmother's generation, raised their daughters to feel like they could do anything. I'm starting to believe that girls my age misconstrued anything to mean everything.

Talkin' Bout My Generation

Beth Diane Bradley | Posted 06.15.2016 | Fifty
Beth Diane Bradley

Accidents happen. I know this for a fact because I am one. Meaning my existence was not planned, at least not by my parents. My family not only had the normal generation gap between parents and children, but we had a second one of 12 years between my siblings and me.

Finally Swimming in a Sea of Truth: After Super Bowl XLIX, I Realize That I Am a Left Shark

Ravishly | Posted 04.08.2015 | Comedy
Ravishly

You know what, though? I am no black sheep. I am no failure. I thought I had been living my life wrong; that I was inept. And, yes, compared to your fast-moving, perfectly timed Right Shark, it may appear that I have no goddamn clue what is going on.

About a Boy

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Stephen Gray Wallace

Children and teenagers know about sex, think about sex and act on their biological and psychological urges to try it -- or to at least imagine trying it.

Firsts

Fredrica Duke | Posted 02.01.2015 | Style
Fredrica Duke

Everyone had pimples. I didn't. Everyone had her period. I didn't. I never realized the two were hormonally related. Then, one day at 15, there it was, my "monthly friend." Aunt Flo.

Letter to My 13-Year-Old Self

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diriye Osman

Someday you will stop crying in your sleep. Someday you will have your own home, and you will draw fashion illustrations on the walls and the kitchen cupboards to remind you of your 13-year-old self. Someday you will walk down the street with a sense of achievement and self-contained confidence.

The Brain On 23

Molly Sprayregen | Posted 12.27.2014 | College
Molly Sprayregen

We are the 23-year-olds. We are the ones squirming in our chairs at the office because we still feel awkward in our grown-up clothes. We strut through city streets with eyes cast toward our screens, desperately seeking any source that will tell us the decisions we've made are valid.

Finding Home

Jennifer Langione | Posted 12.21.2014 | New York
Jennifer Langione

As you compare yourself to your peers who fled the nest as soon as they flung their graduation caps into the air, remind yourself that you're not behind--you're simply paving your own way home.

10 Coming-Of-Age Novels Every Adult Needs To Read

Anne Valente | Posted 12.03.2014 | Books
Anne Valente

Because nearly half of the stories in my debut collection, By Light We Knew Our Names (Dzanc Books, $14.95), are told from the perspective of adolesce...