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There was a space I used to feel safe. Everyone should have such a space.
 
Today, when fear grips me and I need a balance bar to keep from slipping out of my life, I remember those mornings when I felt safe. Ten, fifteen, twenty-five years ago…these are some of my first memories. My bed is warm and cozy, but I...

Mike Park has been on the punk scene for twenty-five years, keeping it real and selling over 1,000,000 albums from a label located in his parents garage. Rocker, impresario, indie music heavyweight, and now a proud dad: This Manic Mama talks to Mike about parenting, music, and his new album...

Someday I'll have to have the "where do babies come from" talk with my children. My oldest is five years old, and I try to work in basic plumbing information about uteruses, penises, eggs, and sperm. I've given him the basics about his parentage, which is a bit complicated. His biological father is not involved, nor is he...

For though many instincts are held more or less in common by both sexes, to fight has always been the man's habit, not the woman's. Law and practice have developed that difference whether innate or accidental. Scarcely a human being in the course of history has fallen to a woman's rifle; the vast majority of birds and...

Dear Adolescence,
 
I spent years waiting for you. Even as my daughter suckled at my breast, or slipped her warm little hand in mine as we crossed the street, I knew she was under your curse. I'd heard you mutter it when she was born. I knew that even if I dedicated my entire life to burning every single spinning...

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