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Outside the Box: Why We Need To Be Better at Showing More Shades of Normal

Sarah C. Bauer, MD | Posted 12.03.2016 | Parents
Sarah C. Bauer, MD

We need to go to the source - individuals and families who have what our world calls disabilities. We can take the time to understand their experiences and ask them how they want to be represented in the media. That is because one depiction by one person is just that - one experience.

Finding Normal: Harder for Foster Youth, But Worth the Struggle

Mary Lee | Posted 08.24.2016 | Impact
Mary Lee

Spending part of your childhood being raised by strangers will never be normal, but the foster care experience can be better. When reviewing laws and regulations, legislators, child welfare professionals and concerned citizens should ask a simple question: "Would I want this for my child?"

National Foster Care Awareness Month

Gary Stangler | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
Gary Stangler

Efforts like these are important because letting kids engage in typical childhood activities is more than just letting them be normal. It is also critical to their healthy development.

Adoption, Commodification and Normalcy

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 04.27.2014 | Parents
Frank Ligtvoet

Adoption is not a normal way to build a family. It is a complicated way, which next to happiness for adoptive parents brings sorrow and sadness for all involved.

Pride and the Problem With 'Normal'

Sean Santiago | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sean Santiago

Conventional, traditional, normal: These words stand diametrically opposed to my understanding of queer identity. But after last season's menswear shows I noticed a spate of criticisms lodged against the work that young designers were showing on the runway, specifically for flouting conventions.

A New Normalcy

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 11.16.2013 | Women
Rachel Levy Lesser

My mother is dead, and I am still happy. I think about my friend who lost her mother when she was 15. I used to wonder how she could function so well when she was motherless. I told myself that I'd be a basket case in her shoes. Maybe people think that about me now?

DTS Voters: A Return to Nonpartisan Normalcy?

Edward Headington | Posted 05.30.2011 | Los Angeles
Edward Headington

The average Angeleno does not live, eat and breathe politics. Partisanship is the last thing on their minds, and it is probably easy to understand why registration for independent voters is climbing.

Does 'Normal' Really Exist?

Donna Flagg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Flagg

Maybe, at the end of the day, there is something not so "normal" in thinking that everyone, in the whole wide world, should be the same.

Refudiate is the New Normalcy

Asher Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Asher Smith

Sarah Palin's right that "English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too." And that's something to be afraid of -- because she's contributing far more to the trough of public consciousness than just a few verbal miscues.

Is Striving to Conform Still the Norm?

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jayne Lyn Stahl

As a country, we are pregnant with the lowest common denominator. We now view adaptability as virtue, and the desire to radically transform oneself and the world as insanity.

The Normalizing of the Presidency

David D. Burstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David D. Burstein

Barack Obama might be one of the most normal presidents we have had in years. His connectedness to the real world is one of the things that made him appealing as a candidate.

The Search for Normalcy

Robert Teitelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Teitelman

One view of "normal" has come out of the crisis stronger than ever: that "normal" doesn't exist at all, that the belief in market equilibrium has been effectively undermined.

Jackson Wasn't Normal. So what?

David Berreby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Berreby

This prejudice in favor of the typical is on full display this week, as the world reacts to the death of Michael Jackson.

No One Who Was Normal Ever Made History: A Tribute to Michael Jackson

James Arthur Ray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Arthur Ray

Michael's life, when considered within the broader scope of highly creative people throughout history, was not really that unusual after all.

Feeling Normal?

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Jayne Lyn Stahl

I grew up in a place, Bayside, New York; a place where, when I mentioned Nietzsche, the woman who lived above me asked, "if you take Penicillin, will it cure that?"