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When The Opioid Crisis Hits Home

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I witnessed my son's decline and felt helpless because I couldn't control his destructive behavior. As a parent, I'd lived my life protecting my child until I was pushed to the backseat when the disease of addiction took over.
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Codependence: A Q&A With Author Amy Long

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I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of Amy Long's memoir in essays, Codependence. It's a remarkable debut — a fascinating read that explores the intersections of chronic pain and opioid addiction, and elicits questions about our current approach to the opioid crisis. 

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I Tried These Hacks To Save Money For A Month

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I am the Phoebe, Joey, and Rachel of my friendship group. I’m the person who never has money.
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My Father No Longer Has Power Over Me

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What kind of father is capable of such cruelty? A father who can only love on his terms.
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Lipstick Rebellion

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My mother was a funny mixture of conservative and iconoclastic, and it showed up in her rules. And this was a BIG one:  Never ever wear pink lipstick. 
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How To Read Your Way Out Of Breakup Hell

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“Can you read your way out of hell?” I’d written this in messy letters... as though writing the words could render some magic spell. 
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After Incarceration — How Separated Families Reunite

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The trauma from parental incarceration, especially when that parent is the primary caregiver, can have a profound impact on families.
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Netflix's Queer Eye Reboot Is Redefining Masculinity

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Queer Eye reboot endeavors to quash toxic masculinity and show men that exhibiting emotions and practicing self-care are valid and natural experiences.

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Lovers & Fighters In America: Meet Cristina Jimenez, Executive Director Of United We Dream

Jimenez continued her advocacy work while studying at Queen’s College, CUNY where she obtained a B.A. in Political Science and Business and graduated Cum Laude.

In 2008, Jimenez co-founded United We Dream. As Executive Director, she has helped develop the non-profit into the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country. With Jimenez at the helm, UWD has grown to a powerful network of 57 affiliates in 25 states, with over 300,000 members.

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I Feel Guilty About Sending My Kids To School

In a few weeks, I'll be sending my second kid off to school full-time. It's a moment I know I should feel sad about, and believe me, sometimes I do, but mostly I feel guilty because I don't.

Back when I had my first child, back when he was still a baby, I imagined us moving to the mountains. I was thinking about having three more kids, living off the grid, and soaking up every last bit of their wild childhood. It was a fantasy, through and through.

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