In the Mirror: Disability, Love and Friendship

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Erin Kelly believes there’s more to love and friendship than what society portrays.

The Snail Poem

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Dakota Garilli’s poem is reminiscent of the old dance between attraction and repulsion–fear of death and fascination with it.

My Son’s Voice Changed Today

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There’s nothing quite like a good short poem to punch you in the gut. Joshua Wood’s piece does just that.

Remember That Everyone Was a Child Once…Even You

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For Mike Iamele, sometimes the key to getting along is remembering that everyone you’re dealing with was once a kid, too.

Saving a Neighborhood with Birdhouses

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Dan Szczesny returns to his old haunting grounds and finds hope amid the decay.

We Sold Bonkers. We Sold Life.

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For Gary Almeter, selling his childhood board games was like looking at a movie of his life.

Confession

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Speaking for men who are drawn to violence, Ed Harkness writes compellingly on “why we love the vein of coal /inside us” in this recollection of a harrowing bullying episode.

Why I’m Keeping My Kids Uncool

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The cool quotient among preteens has Tor Constantino longing to be a luddite.

A Boy’s Bike

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Diane Lockward uses a seemingly mundane occurrence to make a powerful statement about personal loss and, perhaps, the current state of boyhood.

Struggling for a Parent’s Affection

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Leave it up to cinematographer Frank Buono and he’ll transport you into the window of a young boy’s life in ten minutes.

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.