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Living Like Worms

Loren Kleinman | Posted 04.30.2015 | Books
Loren Kleinman

I kept my heart in my gut and squeezed out all the dead cells of my skin, cleansed myself in the potpourri of the flowers, the bees rode on me and harnessed my power.

Small Yet BIG: The Basic Income Guarantee

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
St. Gallen Symposium

If we want to live in a world that is free from poverty and where the poor are able to become wealth creators, then by definition, everyone needs to have at least some money.

Review: 'I am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son' by Kent Russell

Bart Motes | Posted 03.25.2015 | Books
Bart Motes

Kent Russell is a hell of a good writer. His first book, I am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son (Knopf, $24.95), a collection of essays published earlier this month, is the most compelling and engaging book you'll read this year.

The 30 Things I've Learned About Journalism

Ashley McDonald | Posted 05.04.2015 | College
Ashley McDonald

I've devised a comprehensive list of everything I've learned about this field in my years at Central Michigan University. Important stuff -- the stuff I plan to take with me after I'm gone. And as it turns out, I've learned a sh*t load. Ready?

Not Such A Grumpy Old Man After All: A Review of Donald Hall's Essays After Eighty

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 04.04.2015 | Fifty
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

I loved the essays. And I got a bit more understanding of what it feels like to live with accumulating losses and to have more of a past than a future.

The Real Life 'Fault In Our Stars'

Tonya Hurley | Posted 03.07.2015 | Books
Tonya Hurley

It has been an honor to be involved in such a life-affirming project. To witness in print the bravery and honesty of these teens. They've taught me so much about life, love and what it is to fight, to win and sometimes to lose, but always to learn.

Listening for Yellow

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger One of the most beautiful sights of this month and this season are the gorgeous greens, flowers,...

10 Steps to a Better College Application Essay for the Procrastinator

Dori Jones Yang | Posted 02.09.2015 | College
Dori Jones Yang

The reality is this: For many high school students, writing a college application essay is intimidating. The stakes are high. At the very least, it will influence where they will spend the next four years of their lives.

Women, Ranching and Wild Mercy in Nevada, Oregon and Australia

Melanie Bishop | Posted 01.14.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

I devoured these three books in the space of a week -- all about strong women doing outrageously difficult things against harsh and stunning landscapes.

Whatever Happened to Carpe Diem?

Maria Rodale | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger From coast to coast, the following is happening in homes across the country: Parents are walking...

Early Onset Alzheimer's: A Daughter's POV

Melissa Taylor | Posted 10.13.2014 | Women
Melissa Taylor

Although I mourn the loss of my mother every day while she is still right in front of me, one thing keeps me holding on: she may not be able to express herself through the right words or call me by my name, I believe that she knows, deep down, that I will forever be her Melissa.

Writing the Common Application Essay and What to Avoid

Jeannie Borin | Posted 09.04.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Your essays will bring authenticity to your application and allow the admission officers to learn who you are. You need to make sure this happens. So just how should you start writing your essays?

Fathering Minds: 7 Books for Dad's Shelf

James M. Chesbro | Posted 08.04.2014 | Books
James M. Chesbro

My favorite fatherhood books are a compass at the end of a frenzied day. These seven works of literary nonfiction situate me in the fellowship of other dads pursuing understandings.

The Answers Always Lead to New Questions

Write for the Future | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Write for the Future

by Justin Sapp "Justin, come down for breakfast." I hated my brother's impersonation of Mom's morning screech. He seemed to think he was the thi...

Conversations on Admitting: One-on-One with a Harvard Admissions Officer

Write for the Future | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By David Dent "When we're reading applications, the essay is usually the piece of the application that we get most excited about." -Jennifer Gandy, ...

G-Pa's Lessons

Write for the Future | Posted 05.20.2014 | College
Write for the Future

by Tyler Mackenzie I was a junior on the varsity basketball team and my minutes were decreasing to the point where I was barely in the game. I wa...

Writing off the SAT

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 05.11.2014 | Comedy
Rob Hiaasen

I don't mean to be disdainful or rancorous. But can't you empathize or at least compromise? Wouldn't it have been more prudent and less impetuous to maintain the essay requirement so that precocious, novice students stand a chance to exhibit their resiliency and aesthetic?

Want Better Essays? Ask Narrower Questions

Mark Bemesderfer | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Mark Bemesderfer

Anyone who has raised or spent much time with teenagers knows that they can argue. Passionately, effectively, and tirelessly. Yet these same skills seem to abandon many high school students when the topic is not personal but academic.

The Success Story of a Failed Novelist

Nina Badzin | Posted 03.24.2014 | Women
Nina Badzin

Those novels were not meant to be. Those agents weren't meant to be. That's not the kind of writing I want to do anymore.

Reluctant Reliability: A Glimpse Into Cerebral Palsy

Erin M. Kelly | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Erin M. Kelly

I wanted nothing more than to jump out of my bed, grab my phone, and text someone as fast as my chubby little fingers would allow. As with so many other scenarios like this, my cerebral palsy didn't present me with that option.

On Being Published For Business

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 03.18.2014 | Small Business
Gregory P. Demetriou

Try this simple exercise: Google a fairly close competitor by name and review the results. What type of mentions are you finding, where are the links coming from, has he/she published articles of any value? If they have and you haven't, you're giving away ground to them. If you've been able to be published and they haven't, you're more prominent than they are. This can be the foundation for marketing efforts.

Black Friday: Lessons Learned

Joseph Peterson | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business
Joseph Peterson

I was still a struggling student living in my parents' home with no real depth or power to the plastic in my wallet. But I figured, "what the hell" and my curiosity got the best of me; besides, my credit card wasn't maxed out so possibilities were technically endless.

Home on Stage

Write for the Future | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Write for the Future

By Schuyler Van Amson Theatre rescued me from my own insecurities which developed after one traumatic moment, one week before starting second grade...

Where Education Became the Passion: My Mother's House

Write for the Future | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Amanda Honeywell Whenever I first mention "My Mother's House" to friends, they immediately ask: Why do you call your own house, "my mother's ho...

Leaving the Rest

Scott Alexander Hess | Posted 11.10.2013 | Books
Scott Alexander Hess

Suffice to say that when I wrote the piece I was very single and engaging in a lot of wild sex to fill that illusive life void. The conclusion of the essay is deliberately open-ended, for at the time I was envisioning a hoped-for romantic life.