It gets better, girls

I was browsing Slate.com when a blogpost about a relatively new trend among teenage girls on Youtube stuck out to me. The girls post videos of themselves asking the world to tell them if they’re pretty or ugly....more

The End Of Youth?

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Back to School Supply Drives for Older Youth

I've been a social worker for over a dozen years and worked in human services for nearly twenty. I've coordinated all sorts of drives and events and donations. Without exception, the most difficult group to attract needed donations has been teenagers. This was most evident when I worked in foster care and would seek donations of gifts at the holidays - we would often receive a handful of CD players (in 2006!) and get a lecture on gratitude.  Or I was told they were old enough to understand not getting a gift. Really?...more

It is Easy to Say NO to Botox

New Resource Named "Best Practices" on Suicide Prevention for LGBT Youth

I don't need to tell most readers that LGBT youth are at a higher risk than their non-LGBT peers for attempting suicide. Until today, however, no “Best Practices” have been identified or designated to help reduce vulnerability and risk among LGBT children, youth, or adults.That has now changed....more

Women are Destroying Humanity One Insult or Injury at a Time

Women are Destroying Humanity One Insult or Injury at a Time...more

The Midlife On-Ramp

It’s funny how age sneaks up on you. This is not new news, of course—I remember that my parents were always talking about it; they were unusually open in discussing life’s essential confoundery, the way one is constantly craning one’s neck, trying (and failing) to get the big view. But nonetheless, there’s no way to personally prepare for aging's eventual descent....more
What a lovely meditation.  Each decade brings its own wisdom and sometimes re-writes what we ...more

Happy Birthday, Laine!

Gaither 'round! It's time for a party!Birthdays come but once a year, and for BlogHer's Laine, now it's here.Happy Birthday to you!     Happy Birthday to you!Happy Birthday, Crazy Eyeris!     Happy Birthday to you! ...more
 @victorias_view Hello Darcie! Thanks for coming by and adding life to the party! Fondly, Robinmore

Is Your Past Truly Yours?

Last night I sat down intending to write about breaking up with friends, but I found myself tiptoeing around my own past in favor of speaking vaguely about my own friend breakup. Instead, I found myself holding back and hesitant about sharing specifics. It got me thinking: Which parts of my past are truly mine alone?...more
@Judy Schwartz Haley I think that's a great way to look at it. It seems like family stuff is ...more

My Love Affair With a Thing

Her name was Martha.  Not sure exactly why or how she earned that name, but it kind of stuck.  I got her when I was 17 – my senior year....more
@Wanderoke I think I must have passed you on the freeway! Violent Femmes...those were the days!more