30 Days of Crazy, Coming Right Up!

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It’s almost November, and that means it’s time for all the aspiring writers, authors and bloggers you know to go a little bit crazy. November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), when writers around the world pledge to finish a complete novel—50,000 words—in just 30 days. Sound impossible? Last year, 384,126 ...

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In Fantasy Football, the Future is Female

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I never watched football growing up. A brute’s game, my dad would say. Baseball — that’s a thinking man’s game. I spent half my childhood watching classic baseball with him at Comiskey Park. (Don’t mention the words designated hitter to him. Just don’t.) So, five years ago, when my friends were ...

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This Undeserved Life

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Sage Brenner is 21 months old. His brother, Ira, is 16 months old. With only five months between them, they can’t possibly be twins. And since Sage is black and Ira is white, they can’t possibly have the same parents, right? “Yes, they can,” says Natalie Brenner with a big smile. ...

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Risky Business: What High-Risk Kids Can Teach Us About Connecting

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On my first day of work at the community center, I wasn’t nervous. After all, I’d supervised youth “delinquents” in corrections programs; I’d worked juvenile probation. I knew this gang-run neighborhood was teeming with kids who had few choices, and even fewer resources. I knew exactly what they needed: structure, ...

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Hiking Argentina? Don’t Forget the Wine

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About 650 miles from the pulsing city of Buenos Aires lies Mendoza, where urban rhythm gives way to natural opulence, and where wine is more than a business, it's a spiritual pilgrimage. Mendoza hugs the Chilean border, giving easy access to the mighty Andes mountains and the South Pacific Ocean. ...

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The Power of Failure

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If you want to empower girls, you have to let them fail. After a week of cool but unusually sunny weather in southern Scotland, I arrived in Fort William, ready to hike Ben Nevis. I needed to get my first lungful of Highland air, and stock supplies for the next 7 ...

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