• March 3, 2017  

    Millennials are turning away from religion faster than any other age group, yet the majority still believe in god or a universal spirit and are hungry for meaningful connection. Casper ter Kuile, a researcher at Harvard University, shares his honest opinion on the changing shape of American religion and how millennials are creating new forms of spiritual community. Continue reading

  • February 21, 2017  

    When Annabelle Gurwitch started to look for a retirement community for her aging parents, she discovered there are limited options for those on a limited budget. But despite some early bumps and disappointments, the support her parents ultimately found turned out to be priceless. Gurwitch, author of “Wherever You Go, There They Are,” shares this essay. Continue reading

  • January 27, 2017  

    What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “white supremacy”? For actor comedian Peter Kim, it’s facing the commonplace cultural assumption that white is the default race in America. Continue reading

  • January 16, 2017  

    “Should I plan out my last words?” As a hospice chaplain, Kerry Egan hears that question sometimes. But death isn’t so easy to predict. Instead, Egan suggests making sure you ask forgiveness or share your wisdom now. Continue reading

  • January 6, 2017  

    Why are there so few black male teachers? Chris Emdin of Columbia University suggests that a cycle of failure haunts students and their teachers. Students act out, so teachers tighten the rules; more restrictions combined with dull and irrelevant curricula cause students to fail, and teachers quit — thinking it’s their fault. Emdin raps his Humble Opinion on why the system needs to be changed. Continue reading

  • December 16, 2016  

    Recently, free speech and censorship on college campuses have been hotly debated. Nathan Heller of The New Yorker believes that the solution to this dilemma lies not in the way we speak, but in the way we listen. When people travel, Heller argues, they process their experiences with a fresh, open mind. This is Heller’s humble opinion on listening as if you’re on a journey. Continue reading

  • December 7, 2016  

    Growing up in a small town in North Carolina, Lauren Collins never needed to speak a foreign language outside of high school Spanish classes. It wasn’t until she met her French-speaking husband and moved to Switzerland that she felt the need to become bilingual. She offers her humble opinion on the value of learning a new language. Continue reading

  • December 2, 2016  

    Keith Strudler wants to see the end of football played by very young children — and not just because of the danger of concussions. He argues that the sport teaches kids to act rough and selfish, as well as that masculinity is strength, while femininity is cheering from the sidelines. Older players are able to separate the sport from life, he says, but for younger ones, that’s not easy. Continue reading

  • November 30, 2016  

    Writer Carmen Maria Machado wasn’t totally surprised when her parents informed her, 31 years into their marriage, that they were planning to divorce. But the news did produce a wave of anxiety over her own upcoming wedding. She shares how she and her fiancee are moving forward, keeping in mind her parents’ mistakes, as part of our re-launched “Essay” series — now called “In My Humble Opinion.” Continue reading

  • October 28, 2016  

    Fashion consultant and television personality Tim Gunn thinks it’s time clothing designers offered styles that work for everybody — not only extremely thin models. After all, the average American woman is between sizes 16 and 18, or what the industry calls “plus size.” He admits the task of democratizing fashion will be a challenging one, as designs must be re-imagined and not merely resized. Continue reading

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