Dear Teenage Self: You Have Depression


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

Gay Married Dad Asks Whether He Should Come Out


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


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


What makes it so hard to be old?

Love of the Imagined


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

Take Care of Yourself And Your Soul


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?”

AT&T National Golf Tournament

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


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

My Last Fight


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


Guest editor Nick Florest wants your stories of addiction.

The Secret to an Amazing Hook Up


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

Letter to My Unborn Child


Nick Florest writes to someone he loves who never was.



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

Where You Came From


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


Living a life without regret? Help is available.