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An Open Letter to Future Active Shooters (Op-ed)Dear Future Active Shooter, Pain. It’s not something you can smooth away with ice cream or puppies or vodka. Pain hammers on the bones, electrifies the blood, and makes the idea of living in your own skin unbearable. I’ve known pain. I’ve known the urge for revenge and the unrelenting…
OpinionAug 15, 2017

In lieu of having a full blown panic attack, I’m just going to tell the truth. So goes the story of my life. It’s Thursday, and I’m on my period. I’m sitting in the corner of my kitchen where I created a writing/reading nook. I’ve never read a book here, nor have I ever written anything…

OpinionAug 9, 2017

Continuing our month-long tribute in celebration of the Indigo Girls' 30th anniversary, we asked singer/songwriter Becky Warren how she'd like to thank Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. It's pretty much impossible to overstate the importance of the Indigo Girls in my life. I grew up in Atlanta, so when I first heard them in 1990 or…

OpinionJul 21, 2017

Dear Jolie, I used to live near my brother and his family, and we had a great relationship and saw each other pretty frequently. I moved to another city a few years ago and, ever since I moved, it's like he doesn't know I exist any more. He never, ever gets in touch, and barely will respond…

OpinionJun 20, 2017

It all started in the Hague. I was backstage getting ready for the first night of tour with the Mastersons when the Dutch venue crew turned on a live broadcast of the inauguration. I'd hoped that touring Europe during the early days of the new administration would offer a bit of relief from the constant media…

OpinionJun 9, 2017

Dear Jolie, This is a long story, so I'll try and give you the short version: My sister is in an acute care facility where she is being treated for pneumonia for the next two months. I haven't seen her for 12 years which is when she started using hard drugs. She has now been clean for 27 days…