The Myth and False Lesson of Independence


Why are we afraid of teaching young people how they relate to the network of human interaction? Why do we value our independence over our dependability?

Becoming Emotionally Self-Reliant


The real life Yoda, Leo Babauta, drops science on how to be responsible for your own happiness.

Alone at Life’s Threshold

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College senior, Dan Ferman, admits he’s scared. Nevertheless, he embraces the challenges ahead.

“Empower kids to figure things out for themselves”

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A Peaceful Dignified Exit, and to All a Good Death

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Death, a natural and unavoidable part of life, should be painless, peaceful, dignified and a celebration of the life that was.

I Love You but You Don’t Complete Me

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Lady Chatterly argues that love complements people who are already whole

Money, Disability and the Road to Independence


Erin Kelly, a writer with Cerebral Palsy, talks about the way money impacts her personal freedom.

Touch Isolation: Insisting Boys Learn Independence Creates an Isolating Trap for Men


Mark Greene believes that men heckle women about frequency of sex because men key on it as authentic contact in lives otherwise cut off from connection.

Future Anxieties and First World Problems

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Pat Brothwell worries about a future where he is able to provide a woman with the kind of lifestyle he’d expect himself to provide, even though he’s currently single with no prospects.

I Hate Accepting Help

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Patrick Brothwell is trying to figure out why he continually bites the proverbial hand that feeds him.

What Does Freedom Mean to You? Our Community Shares Their Responses

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We asked our community a simple question: What does freedom mean to you? We got answers via email, by post, on Facebook and Twitter. Here are some of the best answers. Please add yours to the comments, we’ll be updating as more responses come in.

The 4th o’ July: Remembrance of Things Past

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Ross Steinborn remembers the words of Frederick Douglas, and reminds us to look to both the past and the future for our vision of freedom.

Independence: Call for Submissions Due 6/29

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It’s the 21st century. Just what does independence mean to you?

Don’t Call Me an Adult. Ever.

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Once Jon Vaughn had a daughter, he didn’t want to grow up. Ever.

Ten Years in the Rearview Mirror


When it’s a matter of life, death and wheelchair accessible vans.

Community of Christ Church Considers Allowing Same-Sex Marriage

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Church member Art Smith said, “It’s a journey we are all in together and we don’t necessarily all agree, but I think we want to include everybody in our faith journey.”