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Hiking 630 miles of English coast, with nothing left to lose

Raynor Winn's life as she knew it turned an abrupt corner in 2013. She and her husband Moth lost the home they raised their...

Our fathers escaped the Holocaust: Recovering a wartime friendship through letters

Sorting through my father’s belongings after his death nearly 20 years ago, I found two Chinese lacquered boxes. They were filled with hundreds of...

Looking for clarity halfway around the world

Have you ever gone off the grid in search of solitude? This is different from a solo vacation; the stakes are higher because you're...

The economics behind the prison strike: An inmate's guide to earning 24 cents per hour

When I first heard about the incarcerated workers strike last week, I went to my closet and dug out some old paperwork. I still...

A Labor Day tribute to restaurant workers, cooking and serving food they can't afford to eat

It’s 2005. I’m a freshman in college in New York and I find my first of many restaurant jobs on Craigslist. I make $12...

A transgender Army bride in the '80s

Panic set in when my editor asked me to select a representative chapter from "Trans Figured." Picking just one chapter from my memoir was...

Don't speak for my military family: A veteran’s wife on Colin Kaepernick and the Nike boycott

Within minutes of Nike announcing Colin Kaepernick as the model for the 30th anniversary of the athletic wear company’s “Just Do It” ad campaign,...

Forget tradition: Why not have a happy non-holiday instead?

My favorite Christmas was the one, right before a major move, when we didn't have a tree and exchanged gifts from the drug store....

The big “f**k buddy” lie: Campus hookups and the dark story of male sexual desire

What about the sex difference in sex? In a short chapter entitled “The Sexual Superiority of the Female,” Montagu wrote that while “social conditioning...

I was an American sniper, and Chris Kyle’s war was not my war

I spent nights in Iraq lying prone and looking through a 12-power sniper scope. You only see a limited view between the reticles. That’s...

Donald Trump's avenging angels: How the orange-haired monster has rewritten the history of American conservatism

I’ve been studying the history of American conservatism full time since 1997—almost 20 years now. I’ve read almost every major book on the subject....

Why I stopped dating the cop: Colin Kaepernick's protest, the “liberal media” and the bunker mentality of police culture

We met because of guns. More specifically, because I put a line in my Tinder profile about wanting to discuss gun regulations, and Keith...

Sympathy for Melania?

The recent news cycle has not been kind to Donald Trump’s marriage, no matter what the state of that union had been before Stormy...

A mother's letters to her son in prison: Jesse Jackson Jr.'s mother wrote him every day

Jacqueline Jackson promised her son, Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., that she would write him every day during his incarceration in federal prison to...

“Sissy” author Jacob Tobia says we all have “a coming-of-gender story”

The cover of Jacob Tobia's new memoir, "Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story," is simply gorgeous. A drawing of half of Tobia's face is instantly captivating...

“You'd better not become a leftover woman”

I bought Song, Chunting’s son, a panda hat for his fourth birthday. He put on the hat, walked to the mirror, giggling, and came...