I Used CBD Oil During Period Sex and This is What Happened

My first time having sex using CBD arousal oil was far from what I anticipated. Then again, it was my first time using CBD anything, so I guess I didn’t exactly know what to expect. Like just about all CBD products on the market, the brand I used, coupled with customer reviews, boasted about its supposed effects. Among them were […]

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I Started Using Self-Tanning Drops—and They're a Legitimate Game Changer

I'm just going to level with you: I actually really like my skin. I've never really had to deal with acne breakouts (you know, aside from the occasional hormonal pimple on my jawline), and I look forward to my freckles (er, dark spots?) after being out in the sun—on the rare occasion that I'm actually out in the sun for […]

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I used to think porridge was pure gruel, but here’s the twist …

Until recently I was a terrible bigot: a porridge-bigot. Also known as an oatmealophobe. Also known as a rabid gruel-bashing anti-Uncle-Tobyite. Porridge: What’s not to like? Porridge had always been an abomination to me: mum used to make me eat the stuff when I was a kid and I found the flavour tasteless and the texture vomitous, and it looked […]

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I Believe Summer Camps Should Be Single-Sex

My daughter went to sleepaway camp for six summers. The first year, she was somewhat homesick, but over time, camp became her happy place — away from homework, tests and the frenzied schedule of school-year activities. At camp, she felt carefree. She acted goofy, dressed in costumes and sang songs unapologetically off-key, all without fear of judgement or concern about […]

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I Had a Perfectly Normal EKG at My Check-Up—and the Next Day I Had a Heart Attack

  On the day of my annual physical, I wasn’t worried about my heart: At 63, I was a non-smoker with a BMI of 20 who got (mostly) regular exercise and took no daily medication. A blood test the week prior had shown my total cholesterol was 187, with a good HDL/LDL ratio and low triglycerides. The report included this reassuring notation: “lower relative cardiovascular risk […]

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I Became a Better Dad When I Stopped Worrying About Being 'Manly'

The first warning sign was when one of my six-year-old son’s friends compared me to Captain von Trapp. He was watching The Sound of Music with his parents one evening and Christopher Plummer appeared on the screen for the first time as “the Captain,” glaring at his happy children, blowing that stupid whistle, and looking generally like a miserable brute. […]

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Why Abortion Access Became More Important to Me When I Came Out

After President Trump was elected, I had a miniature — read: major — breakdown, so I decided to focus on a specific issue: Abortion access. In January of 2017, I joined the board of directors at NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, which works on everything from pro-choice legislation to running a volunteer clinic escort program. At the time, I was still in […]

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I Can't Have a Baby — Because of Money

I named her. That was a mistake. In my head, I can so clearly see this curly-haired wild child, running around our house, terrorizing her older brothers, and having us wrapped right around her finger. Emily is her name, chosen simply because I like the sound of it, not named after anyone in particular. I didn’t love being pregnant, but I’d be willing to endure the anxiety […]

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