Songs From 2014 That Changed My Life

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James Shotwell’s look back on 2014 and the songs that had a profound impact on his life.

Pray for Newtown: Trying to See the Light

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Michael Kasdan reflects on the Sandy Hook school shooting that took place in Newtown, Connecticut two years ago.

Remembering the Soldiers

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Vaughn Granier on giving respect to those who give the “ultimate sacrifice”.

My Grandfather Died Today and My Heart is Broken

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The death of the man who raised him left Kimanzi Constable reeling with anger, regret, and yes, gratitude.

You’re Not Going to Get Out of Life Alive. Here’s How To Deal With That.

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Ira Israel is inspired by Rick Elias TEDTalk to think about how being conscious of death affects the way we live.

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.

An Open Letter to Steph, Who Sent a Sky Lantern to Her Father, Which Landed in My Driveway

An Open Letter to Steph, Who Sent a Sky Lantern to Her Father, Which Landed in My Driveway

Matt Mikalatos found a touching note written from a daughter to a father. As a father himself, this is his response…

Confessions of a Time Ogre: How to Give Your Work and Family the Time They Deserve

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After the death of his wife, Paul Evans vowed to be there for his son in every way possible by not wasting time.

The Man By the Window

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Throughout his youth, Cab O’Callaghan willingly threw himself towards destruction. It was through such actions that he learned about profoundly respecting the different, often shunned, life choices of others.

The Silver Lining of Life Changes

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After the end of a ten year relationship and a 3,000 mile move, I had to relearn how to enjoy moments alone and how to grow and continue moving forward in life.

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Lauren Camp’s poem points to the surprise intersection of destruction and tenderness, a place that some men have surely occupied at some point or another.

The End

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What do we do when we know we are going to die? Look to Sam Simon for inspiration.

An Open Letter to My Grandfather

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His grandfather gifted him a legacy, taught him to love story, and to live a life without regrets, now he has to say “thank you” and “goodbye.”

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All Vietnam veterans have stories. Allen Fraser Clark’s involves a child, a game, and a tragedy.

Lessons I Learned from My Wife’s Dying

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Shawn Doyle doesn’t want you to have to experience the death of a loved one to learn some of the most important lessons about living.

Little Kyden Entered The World On Thursday. On The Same Day, His Mother Left It.

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A father is now left to raise his son alone. A sad news story from Australia.