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6 Steps to Help Your Parents Plan for Their Golden Years

By Alexis Cheney – @akcheney

It was only when my dad called from a hospital bed after driving his mower off the ledge of his yard and onto a rocky ravine did I consider my parents — already 78 and 63 — will not live forever.

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Women Who Found ‘The One’ Shed Light on Finding True Love

By Alexis Cheney – @akcheney

I have been single for my entire life except for three months of high school when I dated someone I refused to kiss (Even at 14, I had the foresight to know he wasn’t worth it). I have dated people I’ve met on dating apps and at bars, but our relationships never panned out to anything serious enough to deserve a title.

This past August, a guy approached me at a dance party and we struck up the usual conversation – about our jobs, our opinions of the city, our interests, etc. As we chatted, my mind drifted: Was I attracted to this stranger? Were we connecting? Was I supposed to know whether or not I liked him within these first few minutes?

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What being single for so long taught me

Mary Ruland | @IRuleThisLand__

For as long as I can remember, I was forever single. I had moments of complete satisfaction being alone. Other times, I found myself swiping right on dating apps,  hoping to find a perfect match. Through it all, I always seemed to look at relationships as something I could do, but not something that would make or break me. I managed to find my own way around in this world, and having someone along for the ride seemed nice, but not a necessity.

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Facing the Stigma of Mental Illness

By Lauren Linhard – Photos by Kaitlyn Fitzgerald – Makeup by Amy Gunzelman

A college student misses six weeks of classes while living off TV dinners, not wanting to shower or leave his bed. At first glance, you’d probably think of him as a lazy kid wasting his parents’ money. You’d be very wrong.

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5 Top 10s of 2016

By Alexis Cheney – @akcheney

Before we get too caught up in 2017 – already a busy year as far as history is concerned – let’s take a look back at a few top 10s of last year. After all, shaping the future is impossible without learning from the past (just got super deep there).

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Bullshit Sanctimony Remains a Bipartisan Issue

Nick Nelson – Alexandria, VA

Something I have always prided myself on, especially as I advance further into adulthood, is personal growth. I believe it to be incredibly important to regularly take stock of yourself, see what you’re doing right, note what you’re doing wrong and evaluate how each of those factors fit into your life.

In doing that, I realize I’ve often made some bad choices as it relates to my personal belief systems, specifically my politics. There was one incident in particular that really sticks out as, “Yeah, Nick, you blew this one.” Let me elaborate.

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The Forgotten Victims of Trump’s Post Election

Emma Wall – New York, NY

I could constantly post about every tweet, statement and action Trump does that offends me, but instead I’ll explain how and why Donald J. Trump representing the United States of America is triggering for one in 71 men and one in five women, including myself.

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Breaking the Cycle of Body Negativity in Women

By Lauren Linhard – moxie.lauren@gmail.com

Livia Haines looked down at the table and blushed as her friends waited for her to answer the question – What is something you like about yourself? At 14 years old, she and her friends, Katie Mauldin, 15, and Baleigh Geiman, 14, have spent the past school year trying to find their place as high school freshmen.

“Well, I guess I like my eyes,” Haines said, looking at her girlfriends for approval, “And I’m trustworthy, which I think is important.”

The other girls were just as hesitant to discuss what they were confident about in themselves, even as the things they disliked came so easily to them – their skin, body size, lack of athletic abilities. Continue reading “Breaking the Cycle of Body Negativity in Women”

How to be an Ally in a Time of Fear

Nick Nelson – Alexandria, VA

For many of us, this has been a rough couple of weeks.The election didn’t go the way many of us expected, and even more of us had hoped. The decisions of the electoral college left many in fear, and the actions of some unfortunate folks in this country have left far too many people afraid for their lives and freedom to live as a member of their respective cultures.

As an upper-class, white cis male, I have to admit I’m coming out ahead in the bargain. However, because I was born with a conscience and raised with values, and because no one can ever be judged at face value, I’m terrified. Continue reading “How to be an Ally in a Time of Fear”

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