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Coming of Age

Hairy Legs

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 03.22.2014 | Women
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

The upside of this hormonal landmark was that my breasts grew infinitesimally. The downside was that Daddy had my stepmother tell me I couldn't wear a padded bra. "Bad girls wear those," she said.

Foster The People Are 'Coming Of Age'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

Foster The People has released the first single, "Coming Of Age," off of their highly anticipated sophomore album, "Supermodel." While Mark Foster tol...

Ahoy, Greta Gerwig! Talking With the Star of Frances Ha

Alex Koenig | Posted 01.31.2014 | Entertainment
Alex Koenig

The tall, dirty blonde-haired actress is the title character and co-writer of Frances Ha, a low-budget masterwork about life's bittersweet symphony, the beauty and pain endured during one's late 20s.

The Great Mystery of Straight People

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

Of course, straight people were everywhere, but when they were on TV, they weren't real to me, and when they were my friends' parents, they weren't sexy to me. Young English teachers and comedy actors in movies, however, seemed both real and sexy to me.

Art of the Memoir: Josh Hanagarne, the World's Strongest Librarian, on Tourette Syndrome, Choosing Stories and Being Strong at the Library

David Henry Sterry | Posted 12.23.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

"No matter what you're doing, if words aren't appearing on the page, you're not writing yet. Don't worry about people's reactions during the first draft. Just get it down."

Kill Your Darlings

Sheril Antonio | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Sheril Antonio

Director John Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings is a fascinating coming of age story that makes an unexpected contribution to the evolution of the film noir genre.

When The Boys Start To Call

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 11.28.2013 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

I want to hide my beautiful blue-eyed, golden-haired daughter from the wandering eyes of the world. Instead, we practiced using the telephone today. We role-played conversations beforehand. Then she called him back.

8 Coming-of-Age Stories for Our Generation

Uloop | Posted 11.19.2013 | College
Uloop

My generation gets a lot of flack for being self-involved, lazy, and socially-inept whiners, like Holden Caulfield. However, I would like to challenge the people making these claims to think about whether or not they felt certain when they made decisions that altered the rest of their lives.

On 'Figuring It Out'

Rainesford Alexandra | Posted 11.11.2013 | College
Rainesford Alexandra

Everyone has that moment in their life when they look around, take a moment to reflect on whatever is happening around them, whatever their peers are doing, whatever they should be doing, and think: Wow. I really missed something.

Reflections on Coming of Age in the Age of 9/11

Michael W. Waters | Posted 11.11.2013 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

I am thoroughly convinced that my generation is rightly positioned to make a significant difference for the better within our world. We are a generation proven, tested, and committed to needed change.

The Way Way Back and the Importance of Surrogate Parenting

Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW | Posted 11.11.2013 | Entertainment
Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW

This wonderful coming-of-age story follows Duncan's efforts to take space from the sub-standard Trent and to come to terms with the pain of his father's absence and rejection.

What My First Kiss Taught Me About Love

Wes Janisen | Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Wes Janisen

When I compare my first kiss with a girl to my make-out session with what's-his-name, I realize that sexual orientation sometimes takes a back seat to other tenants of our identities, even as it relates to love.

Passing the Torch to a New 'Bar Mitzvah Boy'

Shaun Sperling | Posted 10.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Shaun Sperling

Yesterday my Facebook page and Twitter account blew up with posts about a new bar mitzvah boy, Sam Horowitz. The video of Sam's bar mitzvah -- complete with a a troupe of dancers, a sharp outfit, and a look of pure joy and exhilaration on Sam's face -- is awe-inspiring.

Turning 21 in America

Tim Elmore | Posted 10.05.2013 | Parents
Tim Elmore

In every culture there are rites of passage, markers that distinguish childhood from adulthood. But in America, our total focus at this stage and age is on rights. In fact, the first thing that pops into our minds when we think about turning "21" is drinking.

WATCH: New TV Series Examines Awkward And Painful Coming-Of-Age

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.24.2013 | Gay Voices

Award-winning comedian Josh Thomas will bring his Australian comedic-drama series "Please Like Me" to the shores of the U.S next week. Set to premier...

A Boy's Summer of Self-Discovery

Pam Didner | Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Pam Didner

I wanted to tell my boy, "I told you so," but I also wanted to tell my boy that it's fantastic that he figured out some important life lessons at such an early stage of his life.

The 99 Cent Gift That Saved My Life

Candace Walsh | Posted 07.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Candace Walsh

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI never learned a single trick. I didn't gain friends by teaching others how to yo-yo. Instead, I forged tenuous, make-do friendships with other oddballs who still believed in the Easter Bunny, or punched my shoulder when we didn't agree -- who didn't feed my soul.

How My Mom's Wedding Taught Me The True Meaning Of Love

Lindsay Miller | Posted 09.02.2013 | Weddings
Lindsay Miller

My own romantic relationship may not have been what society at large expected. But as I read those words and champagne flutes clinked in solidarity, I knew my mom and Ray -- and Martin and I -- perfectly fit the description of love I'd tried capturing.

Movie Review: The Kings of Summer

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.02.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Shown at Sundance under the title Toy's House, Jordan Vogt-Roberts' The Kings of Summer is a coming-of-age tale that touches a lot of bases and explores a variety of tones in ways that most films are too timid to do.

Carole King and The Sisterhood of Natural Women

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 07.22.2013 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

My women friends have sustained me over the years; our sorrows, joys, disappointments and day-to-day challenges so often intertwined. King's music embodies our collective journey.

ReThink Review: Mud -- Murky Waters Run Deep and Dangerous

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Mud skillfully yet almost casually manages to mix a coming of age tale, a twisty crime thriller, and a tragic love story in the slow-flowing waters of the Mississippi river, producing a masterful film with an edgy, contemporary darkness, yet with the timeless feel of adolescent adventures.

Oleander Girl: Coming of Age

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 06.18.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Oleander Girl is a coming of age novel in the best tradition, with a heroine who is both infuriating and endearing, and most importantly, brave.

Meeting The Pigman

Leigh Flayton | Posted 06.09.2013 | Women
Leigh Flayton

In junior high school I read The Pigman, a coming-of-age story about two kids who encounter tragedy that hurls them into adulthood. I often wondered when I would meet The Pigman myself and have to grow up. It didn't take long.

Ordinary Grace Is Extraordinarily Good Reading

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.12.2013 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

There are lessons to be learned inside its pages but it is not a preachy story in any sense. It is simply a story of people faced with bad events, rising above them to carry on with the help of God's grace.

The Real Clive Davis: Dishing the Skinny with Don Silver, the Man Behind the Man

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.27.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Now that Kelly Clarkson has called Clive Davis a liar and a bully, and revealed that she felt violated by his account of their relationship in his autobiography The Soundtrack of My Life, I thought it would be interesting to get the perspective of a man who worked under Clive.