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Rites of Passage

What's the Right Age for Earrings? 2? 10? Maybe 18?

Cort Ruddy | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

Maybe I see it as a setback in our battle against a society that is pushing my girls to be a certain thing, to act a certain way. Maybe.

Being Right Beside Them For The Rites of Passage

Carissa K | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

My habit is to parent to the youngest common denominator. While the youngest of their ages is an age that was once foreign to me, it is now where my experience lies, three times over. It is my comfort zone. Realizing this, I try to make a conscious effort to get myself unstuck.

How Politically Correct Culture Influences My Parenting

Toni Nagy | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Toni Nagy

I may not abandon my child in the wilderness, but I do want to cultivate in her the desire to challenge herself, and part of that is my challenging her. Pain is an unavoidable part of life, and something my daughter needs to learn to deal with.

Photographer Harun Mehmedinovic Seeks the Sublime With Bloodhoney* Book Project

Michael Juliani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Juliani

After some success with his short film, In the Name of the Son, Harun kept crisscrossing the country, traveling ceaselessly as he'd done since landing in the United States, taking pictures of landscapes and skies.

Ask the Mutant: Skin, Paint and Transformation

Eva Moon | Posted 09.02.2013 | Arts
Eva Moon

Painting on living flesh is an engrossing experience -- very different from the flat, snowy expanse of a blank canvas rectangle. It gives and participates in the process of painting -- energy and creativity flow both ways.

A Letter To My Very Last Baby

Allison Tate | Posted 07.02.2013 | Parents
Allison Tate

Be my baby -- not for long, and not forever, but for today -- and I promise that for this moment, I will be present and enjoy every single second of it.

How We Made Our Midlife Marriage Work

Julie Danis | Posted 02.10.2013 | Fifty
Julie Danis

I married at 48-years-old, for the first time, to someone I had known, on and off, for 12 years. Marriage was one of life's great adventures that I had never experienced. Not even pretended to experience. I liked my space. Control is my friend. The walk down the aisle didn't come right away.

Too Wild for Me

Jennifer Handford | Posted 10.12.2012 | Books
Jennifer Handford

When I look at cars, I see crashes. When I look at water, I see drownings. When I look at parks, I see lurkers.

FACE IT: Hitting the Aging Trifecta

Michele Willens | Posted 10.31.2012 | Fifty
Michele Willens

When does one officially know midlife is a thing of the past? Some claim it is when your first child turns 40 or the first time you are called "Nana" or "Grammy." For others, it is when not one word can be read without glasses, or when they can't find the damn glasses. This is when I knew.

Rite of Passage

Tom W. Watson | Posted 07.22.2012 | Parents
Tom W. Watson

The spring of my son's high school graduation became a "rite of passage" ceremony for him. No, we didn't have him sleep outside in the wild and drink milk laced with blood. But we did make a concerted effort to transition him from a boy living at home to a young man in the world.

Are You A Burning Man?

Posted 11.26.2011 | Arts

The first year you go to Burning Man you are called a virgin and the first thing they do to virgins at the entry gate of Burning Man is to make you li...

Boys into Men

John Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Graham

I went to a quiet meeting yesterday at the local Veterans Resource Center in the small rural county where I live. At the meeting were 25 vets, family ...

Ask Maddisen: What Is a Vision Quest and Why Do One?

Maddisen K. Krown | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maddisen K. Krown

Vision quests are seen as both personal and collective events that are guided and witnessed within the community, and often involve the "quester" spending time alone in nature in search of a personal vision that becomes a vision to support the entire community.