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How One Young Woman Went From Fundamentalist Christian To ISIS Bride

How did a homeschooled, evangelical Christian from Chattanooga become an ISIS wife and mother?<p>CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — On July 17, the city of Chattanooga woke to the sober reality that the events of the past 24 hours had not been some sort of nightmare — a young man named Mohammad Abdulazeez had …

How My Best Friend's Baby Pulled Us Apart

Suddenly, our 14-year bond was broken, and I didn't know how to deal with it.<p>We didn’t fit in. Floating around us were cupcakes and sparkles and ruffles and bows and fuzzy blushing pom-poms. At the center of it all, a cake fit for Marie Antoinette — rose pinks and seafoamy turquoises and sunny …

I lost 100 pounds in a year. My “weight loss secret” is really dumb. - Vox

A year ago, I weighed 285 pounds. Today I weigh 185, which is more or less optimal for my 6-foot frame. Losing 100 pounds has been maybe the best thing that's ever happened to me. I feel better physically. I have newfound confidence in my ability to accomplish my goals. I'm more fun to be around, …

I Wish I Hadn't Donated My Eggs

A few years ago, when I was broke and faced with a big hospital bill, I got $8,000 for donating my eggs. If I'd known then what I know now, I wouldn't have done it.<p>It was our first-ever couple’s getaway. Albert and I were set up in an all-white seaside hotel room in the tony San Diego suburb of La …

Ten Times I Knew I Loved You

Happy 10-year anniversary, Sarge.<p>1. It's Feb. 14, 2005, and I am 15 years old. I'm standing by a row of lockers just down the hall from the cafeteria, waiting for the last few minutes of lunch to go by so I can get through my afternoon classes, go home, and forget about school. I hate school, but I …

Living in L.A. Made Me Get Over My Body Issues

The last time I had sex with a guy, he looked up from tying his shoes afterward and said, “You know, you have a really nice body.” <br>I laughed really …

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Are You An Alcoholic?

After years of living in denial, I finally confronted my alcoholism when I was 35. These are the tough questions I had to ask myself.<p>My twentysomething social life was one long drink special. Margaritas with a crust of salt on the rim, a frosty pint spilling foam, and the always regrettable "Who …