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Touch: A Letter to Mother

L. Lamar Wilson writes of a gay son, an ill mother, and their deeply felt intimacy. — Touch: A Letter to the Mother I’ve driven 654 miles without sleep to make you better, but when I ask how you feel & you thrust your breast within my grasp & say See, it’s fine, I see it’s not.

Were Damages Sustained in Baltimore During Protests Causalities of War? 

A prominent activist who marched for Freddie Gray on Saturday blames city officials for any damages sustained.

The Strongest Couples Don’t Need a Timeline to Tell Them They’re In Love

View image | Because every couple has its own timing. — Relationships are like soufflés: when you try and time them, they never work out.

The Earthquake that Shook the Snow Off Mt. Everest

Live footage from Basecamp at Mt. Everest where the Nepali Earthquake triggered a deadly avalanche. “The ground was shaking from the earthquake and as soon as we saw people running we were running ourselves to save our lives.” A list of ways to help the victims of the Nepal quake is here.

The Real World

Spending time in the woods reminds you that a real world exists out there, outside of the virtual world of fire-light shadows that we create for ourselves (and each other).

Reflections from a Masculinity Panel, March 2015

Abdul Staten sat on a panel about how the idea of masculinity is hindering adolescent boys from blossoming into their authentic, non-violent, non-misogynistic, non-abusive selves.

Simple as Italian Bread

One family gains a more simple, less stressful life by making where they live more important than raw square-footage.

I’m A Believer: 5 Ways The Cynic In You Dies When You Fall In Love

View image | Don’t get too attached to that snarky alter ego, because it is doomed to die when you fall in love.

How Love Evolves, and How I’ve Evolved Because of It

View image | Truly loving ourselves and others requires that we evolve. And stories of evolution can inspire us to love better, and evolve faster.

A Sportsman. An Officer. And Honoring “The Greater Game”

Anzac Day in Australia is this Saturday, the national day of remembrance. And David Packman’s grandfather, Harcourt Dowsley, is just now beginning to tell his stories of WWII.  —- Saturday is Anzac Day in Australia.

How To Avoid Getting “The Fade” from Women

Do the women you like disappear after a few dates?. Harris O’Malley on how to keep her interest. ______ One of the trickier aspects of improving your dating life is that there’s always another level to master.

How My Online Business Nearly Ruined My Marriage

View image | After nearly sacrificing his marriage he learned that balance is about putting your focus on what is most important.

Two Worlds, One Town: Ferguson

Billy Flood visited Ferguson, a town divided by race, and the difference between the two worlds screamed the story of America.

Transgender: 7 Things We Know For Sure

When Bruce Jenner came out as transgender, a national conversation was started. —— Like many people last Friday night, I watched the Bruce Jenner interview on ABC News.

Sex, Gender, And Manhood: Lessons From Bruce Jenner’s Coming Out

View image | What we can learn from Bruce Jenner’s coming out and where we’re headed as a society regarding our transgender friends and family.  — At sixty-five years old, Bruce Jenner might be doing for the transgender movement what years of political posturing and movements couldn’t quickly accomplish for women, minorities, workers, and the LGBQ community during the initial years between inception and accepted societal acclamation.

Escalation In The Emergency Room: An All Too Common Occurrence.

Shawn Henfling responds to an unknown nurse’s treatment of a mentally ill young woman in an Emergency Room.

BB Guns, Gangs, and Other Teenage Rites of Passage

View image | Scott Laudati on the marks left by the need to belong, and the greater need to be true to self.

Captain America and Hawkeye Just Called Black Widow A ‘Slut.’ No, For Real Guys.

Being a Superhero puts you in one of the biggest spotlights there is. Choose your words carefully. ___ In this video by Digital Spy, Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner are doing an interview and … well … just watch.

Why We Run: The Freedom To Be

Earlier this year we asked for your reasons for running. We’ve run some great submissions, and we still want yours.

A New Dad Hits a Bump in the Road to Happily-Ever-After Family: He May be Doing It Without His Mom

The joyful path to fatherhood was shaping up for Anthony Romeo. Adoption plans were under way. Then he got the call from the one person he thought he could count on forever.