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That’s not my name

The downsides and sneaky upsides of a hard-to-pronounce name

By Schuyler Velasco

I Tried It: Sensory deprivation tank

By Allen Strickland Williams

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‘I’ll die before all these kids die.’

Elementary school lockdown drills are commonplace now. Here’s what they’re really like.

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Sterilization was my choice. It felt like everyone else’s.

What it really takes to gain full control of your reproductive rights

By Megan Koester


The strange satisfaction of a sports injury

For an aging athlete, getting hurt — but not too hurt — is a reminder of the glory days.

By Jim Sullivan

Stories in Ideas

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The grownup who vapes

I don’t want my teenage son to see me vaping. But I really don’t want him to see me smoking cigarettes.

By Glenn McDonald

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