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At Home in the Airport: Lessons On Belonging From an Acclaimed Global Writer

Camalo Gaskin | Posted 09.22.2014 | Books
 Camalo Gaskin

Author Brittani Sonnenberg has received high acclaim globally, including The New York Times Books Editors' Choice, for her new novel Home Leave. In it she masterfully narrates the layers of stories, anxieties, and familiarities that seep in and out of the heads of women and their family members who embody this itinerant lifestyle.

If Your Future Self Came Back to Visit You, How Would You Know They Were Really You?

Quora | Posted 09.17.2014 | Weird News
Quora

There is no absolutely foolproof solution, but you can greatly reduce the risk. The key is preparation.

What Does It Mean to Be Latino? Everyone Brandishes the Term, but There Are Many Meanings and Interpretations

Andres T. Tapia | Posted 09.15.2014 | Latino Voices
Andres T. Tapia

When we say "Latino" or "Hispanic," are we referring to the first-, second-, third-, or fourth-generation Latino? The baby boomer, generation X, or millennial Latino? The English-, Spanish-, or Spanglish-dominant Hispanic? The Peruvian immigrant or the Honduran American born in Wichita? Or any of the other hyphenated Latinos coming from 27 different national heritages?

What's in a Name?

Rahfin Faruk | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Rahfin Faruk

I, an immigrant, consider myself to be an American. But I hope being considered an American doesn't cost me my Bengali name.

An Ethnicity Conversation Your Adoptive Child Wants You to Have

Elizabeth Connolly | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Connolly

My experience with being a transnational, transracial adoptee, for example, is not uncommon, especially among Asian American adoptees from China and Korea. For several summers during my childhood I attended Culture Camp (also Heritage Camp) for Asian adoptees.

Painting Self-Portraits Helped Me Transition Into My Transgender Identity

Casey Hoke | Posted 09.08.2014 | Teen
Casey Hoke

I was in my freshman year of high school when I realized just how painful it was to see myself in the mirror as I was: a 14-year-old girl on the brink of puberty. Speaking as a 17-year-old boy, it makes a lot of sense now -- my appearance struck conflict with my identity.

Globalization and Interconnectedness: A Global Grocery Story for Education

Sriya Chakravarti | Posted 09.08.2014 | Education
Sriya Chakravarti

For centuries, we as a race have been migrating to different lands, exchanging goods, services and ideas to improve our lives. "With globalization our interconnectedness and interdependence have grown."

Why I Wrote A Book About A Transgender Child

Jessica Herthel | Posted 09.05.2014 | Parents
Jessica Herthel

My husband and I looked at each other and breathed sighs of relief. They got it. Or at least, they got enough of it. I had told them that Jazz was a girl born with a boy body and yet never once did it occur to my girls to refer to Jazz as "he" or "him."

'Whisper In My Mask' Explores The Stunning Complexities Of Disguise

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.29.2014 | Arts

The first thing that caught our attention about 2014's TarraWarra Biennial was its deliciously intriguing title, "Whisper in My Mask." The second was ...

Quest for identity - orphans of the narrative

Ziyah Gafic | Posted 08.28.2014 | World
Ziyah Gafic

These are simple objects: clocks, keys, combs, glasses. They are the things that victims of genocide in Bosnia carried with them on their final journe...

The Benefits of Cliques

Andrew Smiler | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Andrew Smiler

Part of being an American teenager means some effort to answer the question "who am I?" Being a member of a particular clique provides one answer to tha

Nickname Dilemma: To Name or Not to Name

Bushra Alvi | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Bushra Alvi

Why do we twist and turn and squeeze the name till we come up with our own version of a carefully thought about form of address? And this is a universal phenomenon, more in some countries than others.

I Am Who I Am

Coming of Faith | Posted 08.14.2014 | Religion
Coming of Faith

I can't count the number of hours that I've waited with (literally) bated breath, hoping and praying that someone will say "Of course you're Egyptian! I could totally tell." But I think what I've really always wanted to hear is, "You belong with us."

When the Image I See In the Mirror Isn't Just My Own

Jamie Krug | Posted 08.12.2014 | Women
Jamie Krug

I don't share my life, or my marriage, or my children, or my accomplishments, or my setbacks, or my fears, or my dreams with her.

Why Losing My Friends Meant Losing Myself

Jen Simon | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Jen Simon

The ghosts of my friendships past still haunt me to varying degrees. The losses all hurt in some way or another, but the most hurtful time I've lost friends was after I became a mother.

Labels Don't Matter as Much as You Think They Do

Neidin Hernandez | Posted 08.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Neidin Hernandez

My parents both call themselves Mexican-American, but as someone who was born in the United States and has spent a grand total of two weeks in Mexico, I never felt comfortable having a hyphenated identity.

How Much Do You Know about Protecting Your Identity? (Quiz)

Adam Levin | Posted 08.01.2014 | Money
Adam Levin

The first step when it comes to identity theft is admitting you have a problem. Knowing your ID IQ is a good place to start.

My Senior Year Identity Crisis

Julia Schemmer | Posted 09.20.2014 | Teen
Julia Schemmer

I see this all the time in my life. I wear makeup, curl my hair and pick out coordinating outfits to feel "pretty." I carry big books, take AP classes and study for my SAT so I feel "smart." And you know what? I'm pretty sick and tired of it.

Who Started It Doesn't Matter, Who Has the Wisdom to End It Does

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Until someone on one side or the other finds the humility and wisdom to not shoot back, the human right to pursue happiness and raise our children in health and safety will never be a reality for some in some parts of the world. And that is unacceptable.

Fashion and the Market for Curated Identities

Lottie Ntim | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business
Lottie Ntim

The concept of a curated identity is nothing new, but increased connectivity and consumer conscience has certainly paved the way for what is now a burgeoning market, that ultimately serves to give us more choice, control and flexibility when it comes to what we wear.

Satisfaction Highlights Midlife Relationship Strains

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 09.14.2014 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Time will tell as to whether Satisfaction will remain true to its premise of showing us how the lines of individual and joint development evolve over time. For the moment, it's a relief to have a break from the usual midlife silliness and instead to explore this important period of life's deeper themes.

All The Women I Have Been

Jessica Pan | Posted 09.10.2014 | Women
Jessica Pan

Forgetting can be a beautiful thing, but sometimes we live too much in the present. We forget about all the girls and women we have been.

Jane Szabo: Sense of Self

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 09.05.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

The images in Jane Szabo's Sense of Self exists at the intersection of multiple threads of contemporary photography.

Facebook's Experiment Reveals A Much Deeper Problem With The Internet Today

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 09.02.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It's not hard to demonize Facebook for their actions, but this problem is the same with every major company on the Internet today. The current relationship between consumers and Internet companies is unsustainable.

Be Yourself

Tony A. Gaskins Jr. | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Tony A. Gaskins Jr.

You can be an original or you can be a copy. An original portrait with honest mistakes is worth more than a perfect replica. I urge you to be yourself. I urge you to accept your mistakes and shortcomings and live the life you were destined to.