Breaking Open

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Peter LaBerge writes tenderly about his grandfather and the mysterious powers that young boys sometimes attribute to their elders.

The Exquisite Beauty of Innocence

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Vaughan Granier knows there is a time and a place for learning new things that introduce more adult views and understandings to young children. But there is no day or place on earth where he wants that to be decided for his children by someone other than their parents.

5 Things My Dog Taught Me About God

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Lori Lothian is pretty sure there’s something divine about man’s best friend.

Anna’s Mail

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John Brier writes about his first breakup—dealing with feelings of rejection, innocence and inner worth—and an exercise in vulnerability.

The Innocence of Man

The innocence of Man

Elisabeth Corey has every reason to see men as evil. But there is one reason she doesn’t.

Take a Risk if You Dare

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Bored by our careful culture of risk aversion, Ged Naughton lays down a challenge: Do something new and different for once. Take a risk!

Dumb boy face

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Mastered in childhood and carried into adulthood, the dumb boy face is a pernicious mask handy for avoiding accountability, writes Craig Bloomstrand.

The Last Perfect Day: An Excerpt from ON SAL MAL LANE

On Sal Mal Lane

“Mr. Niles’s words rang in his ears: Long ago, he was just a boy like you.” By Ru Freeman

Growing Up on Planet Porn

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Were our kids sexually healthier when sexual images were harder to come by?

The Edge of Innocence

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Let your children dream about peace and beauty and hope. Let them believe that they are lightning rods for global change.

I’ll Never Forgive You

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Four little words by Victim 4 in the Jerry Sundusky case speak volumes.

Children Remember

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Andrew Lawes recalls how his father made any hope of a “normal” childhood impossible.

In Rape Culture, All Men Are Guilty Until Proven Innocent

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Why do good men have to pay for other men’s bad behavior? Hugo Schwyzer explains the answer he learned in his first Women’s Studies class.

An End to Innocence

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“It’s not that I want back all my innocence, just the joy of losing it again” – Dawes, “Strangers Getting Stranger”

An End to Innocence, or How I Learned to Shoot a Jump Shot

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Even now, some 30 years later, Yago Colás remembers the jump-shot fundamentals he learned back in eighth grade.