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Reparations: How the Issue Presented Itself to Me as an Outsider in Harlem

Teddy Hose | Posted 02.22.2017 | Black Voices
Teddy Hose

After reading through Killer Mike's tweets in support of reparations for slavery the other day, I was reminded of my own observations on the subject from activists and scholars in and around the Black community. This happened in New York City around the early to mid 2000's, where I lived and worked in Harlem

What It's Like To Be A Dermatologist With Skin Cancer

Allure | Posted 02.08.2017 | Style

Vivian Bucay is a dermatologist in San Antonio and a melanoma survivor whose disease progressed from stage 3 to stage 4 in a matter of months. Here, s...

12 Reasons You Should Write Your Memoir Anyway

Patti M Hall | Posted 01.31.2017 | Books
Patti M Hall

It's time, right? You're ready to write about your life. You bought the gorgeous notebook, the beautiful pen, the tea is made, your butt is in the c...

How to Start With Almost Nothing and Make Your Dream a Reality

Dragos Bratasanu | Posted 12.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dragos Bratasanu

This one goes out to the young and the reckless, to the artists and the rebels, to the students that go through college in pain knowing they should be...

Finishing Your Memoir This Summer One Scene at a Time

Lisa Dale Norton | Posted 06.08.2016 | Books
Lisa Dale Norton

Everyone is writing a book, but only a few will finish their books, and only a select number will finish their memoir this summer. How will they do it?

Writing a Memoir That Moves People to Take Action

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 05.28.2016 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

As memoir authors, it is our hope then when we publish our books, the words are moving, and connect deeply with our readers

Memories of a Past Love

Clarissa Wei | Posted 02.24.2015 | Women
Clarissa Wei

And right before the flames would go out, if I let myself, I'd see our ghosts. Dancing in the corner, holding hands, tightly. Laughing, pointing to each house and telling each other stories of how life would be if, well, reality didn't so fervently want to disagree.

The Importance of Holiday Traditions

Ronda Lee | Posted 01.05.2015 | Women
Ronda Lee

The holidays are when tradition is passed down, when the past meets the present to inform the future. In my family, old folks' music plays first (juke joint blues and jazz), followed by the sounds of Motown and the funk of the 1970s.

Fortune Favors the Bald

Jackie Nguyen | Posted 12.16.2014 | Women
Jackie Nguyen

Despite the pain, there is still so much joy left in me. I know I'll be OK. All of this is new to me. I don't know my next steps just yet, other than allowing myself to feel whatever it is I'm feeling that day. I will continue to write and document my progress and gain more clarity as time passes.

What Just Happened?!

Katie Schwartz | Posted 05.24.2014 | Comedy
Katie Schwartz

Though friends speculated about the true nature of our relationship, I don't recall a moment when sexual tension or chemistry crept between us. From the day we met, it never occurred to either of us to be more than friends.

Sexual Harassment... Welcome to My World

Adam Delbridge | Posted 05.18.2014 | Impact
Adam Delbridge

For the first time in my life I started to understand the psychological stress that sexual harassment causes. I 'get' why people feel they cannot do anything to stop it. It's a sly, evil form of abuse that is as carefully thought through as any well-planned crime.

Dancing in Second Place

Robin Korth | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

I now choose to dance in first place in my own life. This has taken courage, self-love, determination and a pure-hearted willingness to go through big, big growing pains. But I am worth it. A happy, joy-calling life is worth it. I know this now. Even though for so many, many years in my life I did not.

Two Strangers on a Plane

Robin Korth | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

It was late afternoon in Portland, Oregon -- around 4 o'clock. For me, it was closer to 7 p.m., as I had been flying all day from the East Coast of th...

Too Much Internet News Can Drive You Crazy (or Why I Decided Putting a Microwave on the Toilet was a Good Idea)

Emma Nicholson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Comedy
Emma Nicholson

I came to the realization I was reading too much internet news recently. I skimmed past Taylor Swift's latest romantic woes and the article detailing '10 Ways to Properly Cut Your Toenails' and searched for something that piqued my interest. Then I saw it...

Brenda: Northwestern Pennsylvania, September 2009

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

"So long, it was nice meeting you," I say. "You too," she says, and once again, my day and life are enriched by having taken a few moments to hear someone's story.

The Transformational Power of Storytelling

Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D.

While myths, as vehicles for conveying wisdom, have been around since the beginning of human history, the therapeutic use of metaphor -- the subtly structured "story with a message" -- is a more recent development.

Wigs Are My Superhero Costume

Salon | Posted 10.15.2012 | Women

I was sitting at my kitchen table with a guy I’d met earlier that night. It was some dark hour beyond midnight, maybe 2 a.m., maybe 4 a.m., and I wa...

How to Lose Weight, One Small Business at a Time

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 11.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert J. Elisberg

If you like stories with a twist, this one is for you.

I'm Letting Go Of My Pregnancy Dreams

XOJane | Posted 07.31.2012 | Women

I've always dreamed of being pregnant. I mean that literally -- during a brief period when I thought I might have been rendered sterile by a bout of c...

When There Was Nothing Left to Do, I Fed Her Ice Cream

Gilt Taste | Posted 07.25.2012 | Women

Cape Cod, where I grew up, is practically the ice cream capitol of the world, and my mother took full advantage of her adopted home. Unlike many women...

My Sister Had The Perfect Life -- And It Made Me Rethink Mine

Salon | Posted 07.05.2012 | Women

"We bought a new house," my older sister said a few months ago, in one of our rare phone conversations. "I’m so happy for you," I said, though I'...

A Personal Story: One Woman Takes On The Iron Girl Triathlon - At 58!

Posted 06.14.2012 | Fifty

I love a challenge, so loved this story about a woman who took on a formidable physical challenge at – 58! --MT By Rosemary Manni...

Beware 'Story Lock'

Matthew Dowd | Posted 02.22.2012 | Home
Matthew Dowd

One of the best things we can do in life, both personally and professionally, is at regular moments to drop the etched stone tablets of our stories to the floor, allow them to break into pieces, and look at things with a fresh eye.

Steve Jobs -- What Makes it So Sad?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 12.06.2011 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

What exactly is it that makes Steve Jobs death so profoundly sad? It wasn't just that he was the Thomas Edison of our day, the creator of so many cool products. It wasn't just his innovative brilliance.

Accidents Happen. Luckily So Do Miracles.

Karen Latimer | Posted 11.23.2011 | Parents
Karen Latimer

I believe in miracles. I got mine. I am not counting on there being another one in the cards for me, so I will be doing what I should've done before. I am looking for accidents before they happen.