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Humans 101

Or, what I learned from 100 people over 50

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This Is Us

Culture taught me to pursue love, then sex, then marriage — but that formula has never worked for me

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I’m beginning to suspect that ‘introvert’ is not…


Humans 101

A guide to saying the quiet part loud

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  • Don’t want to be rejected.
  • Don’t want to upset the other person or damage our relationship with them.
  • Don’t want the conversation to get out of control.
  • Don’t know how to raise a difficult issue skillfully.
  • You suffer because you bottle up unexpressed thoughts and…


This Is Us

An ode to the meditative power of train travel

Snowy Amtrak platform.
Snowy Amtrak platform.
Photo: Dipanjan Chatterjee/Unsplash


Humans 101

Lessons for a life well-lived

Watercolor illustration of a person standing on a colorful globe holding a globe.
Watercolor illustration of a person standing on a colorful globe holding a globe.
Illustration: Benjavisa/Getty Images


This Is Us

It’s an alternative to waste—but also proof of life

Shelves of books in a quaint New England thrift store.
Shelves of books in a quaint New England thrift store.
Photo: Catherine McQueen/Moment/Getty Images


This Is Us

‘If you must scream, scream beautifully’

Closeup of a hand using a lit match to light another match.
Closeup of a hand using a lit match to light another match.
Photo: Marcos André via Flickr/CC BY 2.0


This Is Us

How an encounter with a deer brought me a moment of peace

A deer standing in a field of dry grass.
A deer standing in a field of dry grass.
Photo: Lizette Virissimo via Unsplash


How visiting Appalachia helped me begin to understand my family

A photo of my dad and his family visiting Hillsboro, Ohio, in 1964. My dad is the little boy rubbing his eye, leaning on his grandpa’s knee.

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