Dear Teenage Self: You Have Depression

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Ozy Frantz wants to go back in time and say “Just take the meds.”

Gay Married Dad Asks Whether He Should Come Out

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Dear Gay Dad Project: “If you could have it all done over, would you still have your father tell you he was gay?”

Open Thread: What One Thing In Your Past Would You Change?

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A life well-lived is filled with mistakes. Which would you change, and which would you not?

The Dream of Fondue

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Emerson wrote that a hero is no braver than any other man, but he is braver five minutes longer. Robert Barsanti suspects it is the same with successful marriages.

Beats the Alternative

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What makes it so hard to be old?

Love of the Imagined

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Tom Fiffer’s perspectives on the children in his life range from immersion to the hypothetical.

Take Care of Yourself And Your Soul

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Donald D’Haene has endured the insensitivity of strangers since coming out as a survivor of sexual assault 30 years ago. He offers a response to Todd Akin’s declarations on rape, and advice for survivors of any gender.

“What if you asked Tiger Woods if it was all worth it even after being caught?”

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You Don’t Want a Child, You Want a Baby That Never Grows Up

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“You don’t want a child. You want a baby. You want a human puppy. One that never grows up.”

My Last Fight

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As a boy, John Reed found that learning to fight was an outlet for him. But fighting was a harder habit to break than he thought.

Addiction: 9/1

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Guest editor Nick Florest wants your stories of addiction.

The Secret to an Amazing Hook Up

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Start the conversation with the right question, and be open to the answer.

Letter to My Unborn Child

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Nick Florest writes to someone he loves who never was.

Abyss

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‘You dare to stare into such a friend’ … A poem by Daniel Lee Fee.

Where You Came From

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These things don’t always work, says Mother. Where do you think your sister came from?

Life Without Regret: There’s an App For That

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Living a life without regret? Help is available.