Childhood

Knuckles

Christopher Nelson remembers “Bloody Knuckles”—and the disturbing things it taught us about manhood.

In Therapy: One Man’s Journey Back to His Wife

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Richard Nicastro shows us how one man reconnected to his wife by first reconnecting with himself.

My Friend Eggman, and the Crisis in Candyland

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Rob Azevedo returns to his childhood playground, and experiences an interesting turn of events.

Be The One That Causes Someone To Be Grateful That They Know You

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Jackson Dunn was shuttled between his divorced parents’ homes as a kid. But he found happiness when he found gratitude.

Biography of a Heretic

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Daniel W.K. Lee challenges parental expectations and a son’s subtle pressure to conform.

A Boy Becomes a Man Through Life’s Defining Moments

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Thomas Fiffer revisits the train rides of his youth to share his personal journey to manhood.

A History of Violence

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Alex Gallo-Brown reflects on one man’s acts of violence, and the impact they have had on his life.

Mrs. Bloomingdale

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Bob Marrow shares the story of his childhood play area, and a friend he met in the process.

From the Husband of a Survivor

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Kevin Nielsen shares the story of how he helped his wife heal from her sexual abuse, and offers advice for other secondary victims.

The Ghosts of My Bullies

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The past can hurt: David Vienna opens up about his childhood experiences with hurtful bullies.

Still Beating Heart

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Short, lyrical, and imagistic, Kevin Minh’s poem contains all the compact power of a baby’s heartbeat.

We’re All Getting Older: Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

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Jess Kornbluth reviews cartoonist Roz Chast’s memoir, and discusses the hard stuff about getting older.

Dear 15 Year Old Self: Shower Naked in the Boys Locker Room Now

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And May the Force Be With You.

Mapmaking

Drawing

Dwight Gray’s “Mapmaking” makes the simple act of a child drawing appear as profound and miraculous as any myth of creation and destruction.

The Lessons I Learned After Nearly Hitting My Child

Nearly Hitting My Child

John Edwards learned a valuable lesson about bringing your baggage from their childhood to parenthood the day he almost hit his child.

Gen-Y, Rejoice! The ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ Are Coming Back To The Big Screen

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Your kids’ (or your) childhood heroes are coming back. Again.