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Elements of Style: A Practical Guide and Masterful Memoir

Lindsey Mead | Posted 10.17.2014 | Books
Lindsey Mead

I named Erin Gates' Elements of Style my most-anticipated book of 2014, and I have been eagerly awaiting its arrival all year. I was not disappointed.

On Publishing a First Memoir

Daisy Hernandez | Posted 10.15.2014 | Latino Voices
Daisy Hernandez

When people hear me say that I grew up in two worlds, they think I mean white and Latino. Most of the time, I mean a world with power and one without it. I mean the lady who approved people for WIC and the women who actually needed the cheese and leche.

The Warrior and the Butterfly: A Stranger Reminds Me Who I Am

Darah Zeledon | Posted 10.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Darah Zeledon

Releasing our inner butterfly isn't easy. It takes guts and grit. It also takes confidence and honesty, and requires a willingness to listen to the quiet longings of the heart. And once enlightened, it's up to us to take action toward the rediscovery of our true self.

My Grandma Saw 'Deep Throat'

Kristin Battista-Frazee | Posted 10.06.2014 | Books
Kristin Battista-Frazee

It was a few days before Christmas of 1985. I was 15 years old. Grandma Maria and I were sitting alone at the kitchen table eating pizzelles and honey cookies, and our conversations had turned, once again, to our family's Deep Throat past.

What I Always Meant to Say to My Young Adult Children

Jennifer McGaha | Posted 09.26.2014 | Women
Jennifer McGaha

My son was pursuing a degree a little like mine -- journalism with an emphasis in environmental issues. He wanted to educate people about climate change, to make people think and feel, to change the world, no less. He was, in fact, the man I had raised him to be. Still, I was sad.

Book Review: Twelve Stones

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion
Christopher Zoukis

Twelve Stones is not a story of how, through determination and sheer rigid will, Ms. Carole conquered Life and made it subservient to her. It's not a tale of self-actualization. Nor is it an example of spiritual mugging.

Mental Health Stigma

Krystal Reddick | Posted 09.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Krystal Reddick

Instead of shrinking from the stigma of having bipolar disorder, I have embraced it. I don't know why I don't feel the stigma. But I just don't. But I want to be the voice for those who do feel the stigma and are silenced.

Getting Lost And Found With Cheryl Strayed's 'Wild'

Off The Shelf | Posted 09.18.2014 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Grace Stearns for Off the Shelf An important part of my daily life as an apathetic Millennial involves the strategic avoidance of hype. Overenthus...

An Epic Road Trip, a Book 15 Years in the Making, and a Letter from the President

Nathan Gauer | Posted 09.12.2014 | Books
Nathan Gauer

All the stories of road trips I've come to love and admire over the years seem to depict young people who leave home hoping to loosen the collar of institutional confines; driving away from the path through life expected of them by loved ones.

The Real Importance Of World Suicide Prevention Day

Lynn Keane | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Lynn Keane

As a survivor of suicide I feel that it is our time to lead the conversation around suicide prevention. Those of us who have been impacted by suicide have a unique perspective, to put it mildly. We have information we need to share.

One Woman's Witness: 24 Hours in Ferguson

Shani Jamila | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact
Shani Jamila

It may seem crazy that I'm voluntarily choosing to enter a zone where any of these protective preparations are necessary, but as I've spent hours on my couch in Brooklyn watching the coverage of this situation, it just feels like I can and should do something more.

The Smell of Death by Bruce Duff: A Book Review

Melissa Webster | Posted 09.02.2014 | Books
Melissa Webster

The Smell of Death, is a laugh-out-loud behind-the-scenes look at the stark realities of touring small town Europe among frozen turds, haunted hotel rooms, questionable promoters and accommodations.

Writer Michelle Theall Talks Memoir Teaching the Cat to Sit and LGBT Issues (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 08.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with writer Michelle Theall about her memoir Teaching the Cat to Sit, which recounts her experience growing up gay and Catholic in ...

Worst Wedding Day Ever: I Should Have Made a Run for the Border

Fiona Finn | Posted 08.28.2014 | Weddings
Fiona Finn

Another odd moment was as I arrived at the church my grandma Beatty, my mother's mother, whispered in my ear that I didn't have to go through with this marriage. Did she know something I didn't?

I Love to Drink Coffee Every Day and Twice As Much on Sundays

Fiona Finn | Posted 08.27.2014 | Women
Fiona Finn

I'll let you in on a little secret. Drinking coffee, for me, is more like a great love affair. Yes, I said it, a L-O-V-E affair. Why not love? I mean,...

The Trouble With Internet Job Hunting

Lauren Salkin | Posted 08.27.2014 | Fifty
Lauren Salkin

I awaken to another mythical day, waiting for my alarm clock to break out in song. It snores instead. Nothing has changed. I'm still on unemployment time, caught in the weightless zone of a daydream where time moves like a Wiffle ball. "What day is it?" I ask my dog lying next to me.

Fifty Shades of Penises

Greg White | Posted 10.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg White

Seeing a lot of penises is probably on every gay man's bucket list, and even heterosexual men like to check out the competition. I'm sure that a group shower is the birthplace of both athlete's foot and penis envy.

Q&A Session with Award-Winning Author, Sheri Booker

Christina Scribner | Posted 10.19.2014 | Women
Christina Scribner

Sheri Booker is a teacher in Baltimore, spoken word artist, poet, public speaker, and author. Her latest publication, a memoir titled, "NINE YEARS UND...

Rita Zoey Chin: Running Toward the Storm

Ru Freeman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Books
Ru Freeman

Very early in her memoir, Rita Zoey Chin finds herself at an exclusive dinner held by her husband's colleagues from the Boston Medical Center where he is the chair of neurosurgery, during the course of which she reveals that she is working on a memoir.

Finding The Extraordinary In The Ordinary Through Writing

Jessica Lander | Posted 10.13.2014 | Books
Jessica Lander

Suffice to say, I have become captivated by the richness of everyday lives. These are not the people that dominate today's headlines. They are quieter. But nonetheless remarkable.

Review of Clear Skies, Deep Water by Beth Peyton

Lindsay Edmunds | Posted 09.24.2014 | Books
Lindsay Edmunds

This beautiful memoir is about finding the place where you belong and having the courage to do something about it. At the bottom, it is about choosing to love.

On Reflection: A Non-Muslim's One Day of Ramadan

Khalid El Khatib | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion
Khalid El Khatib

Through my 20s, I've fasted for Ramadan three days total. I've participated for superficial reasons: because my father asked me to, with a curious coworker, and to prove I could. I resolve that this time -- the last fast of my 20s -- will be different.


Terence Clarke | Posted 09.22.2014 | Books
Terence Clarke

With a degree in English Literature fresh in my hands and with little money of my own, I figured the Peace Corps was a good way to travel, something I had almost never done.

Over The Bridge And Through the Woods To Grandmother's House We Go...

Fiona Finn | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Fiona Finn

Sometimes difficult situations bring blessings. And one of these blessings was the bond that grew between my children and their grandparents.

Book Review: Losing Amma Finding Home: A Memoir about Love, Loss and Life's Detours

Dorit Sasson | Posted 09.21.2014 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Uma Girish's transformational memoir, Leaving Amma Finding Home: A Memoir about Love, Loss and Life is that kind of book that spoke to every single one of my "hats."