CANDICE CHUNG Asian families don't tend to openly display their affection. But is it necessarily a bad thing?
SARAH DARMODY Fearing for your life isn’t just the fear of death alone. It’s the fear of having no life.
Hannah Kohlman Hannah Kohlman suffered a major pulmonary embolism after taking the pill. Here is what she wishes she had known.
Happy v meaningful
Sarah MacDonald What if the two goals aren't as compatible as we think?
My indigenous heritage
CELESTE LIDDLE When I am asked what term I prefer people to use when describing my indigenous heritage my short answer is "Black".
Playing cultural catch-up
PAUL CHAI It may surprise you from the above pasty-white byline photo, but I have recently been getting in touch with my Asian heritage.
Carly Findlay Carly Findlay on why it's okay to be proud of having a visible difference or disability.
SARAH MACDONALD At what stage in life does our home mean most to us?
Kathrine Ley What happens when you are faced with an irreversible decision later in life?
KATE FRIDKIS I'm not even looking for naked women and I'm seeing them everywhere. I can't avoid them if I try.
Charity Norman While she has no regrets about emigrating, Charity Norman is dreading a certain phone call from her family in the UK.
Healing power of whinging
Alice Williams Who says you have to be a 'negative person' to enjoy a good, cathartic rant?
Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D. Friends, acquaintances, family members and complete strangers are remarkably comfortable questioning and commenting on various aspects of our lives.
DOM KNIGHT They used to be your most-prized possessions, a mark of your exceptional taste and indie-cred. but times have changed. "I can admit now that my CD collection was assembled to impress women".
KATE FRIDKIS "I spent the entire evening on my computer, reading lists of thousands of names. I canceled some plans. My daughter needed a name!"
Annie Young Annie Young's unborn son took priority but she paid a price.
JULIA BAIRD A friend who understands your hopes and desires will never stop being your friend.
Yeong Sassall Some people argue that cross-cultural adoption isn't 'natural'. But adoptee Yeong Sassall begs to differ.
Dr Catherine Hamlin
SARAH MACDONALD We salute the dedication of a woman who has devoted her life to clean, safe births.
JUDITH IRELAND The belief that somewhere, the universe should be holding on to evidence of our undiscovered genius.
Candice Fox What it's like to share your childhood with a revolving door of some of Australia's most disadvantaged and damaged children.
Awkward men's fashion
Dominic Rolfe Men's shorts are shrinking, Dominic Rolfe wonders where the hemline will be drawn.
SARAH BERRY She pictured herself graduating from high school, going to college and having children. She told herself it would all be OK and not to worry if life didn't work out the way she planned.
Judith Woods And what people actually mean when they say, "You must come to dinner!'
PIP DOYLE What it feels like to have your partner's middle aged parents as housemates for six months.
John Schwartz Polygamy as a lifestyle choice, and a reality television brand name.
Lynne Scrivens Lynne Scrivens made radical changes to her life last year. She changed jobs, moved cities and committed to writing what she was grateful for each day on social media.
KATE FRIDKIS How persistent self-disapproval can erode our happiness and our confidence.
Pets of the year
Laura Vitto Forget Miley, Pope Francis and Beyoncé — the real stars of 2013 were the famous pets who wagged their adorable tails all over our Instagram feeds.
ELLY VARRENTI "Why bother going to the trouble of stuffing a bloody turkey now that the worst has happened to my family."
Miley the husky was left on a trash heap by her former owners, and in the months she'd lived there she had developed countless wounds and ailments. Happily, this moving video shows her recovery.
MARLAINA READ Writer Marlaina Read on why having a mental illness doesn't necessarily make someone an unfit mum.
[Trigger warning: graphic description of sexual abuse]
DOM KNIGHT Dom Knight is enjoying his new role as a secular godfather.
Is bromance dead?
Katy Waldma The best male friendships were once seen as "sublime and spiritual" so why do so few men have BFFs now?
Melissa Davey “I called the police but they said it was just a knife in a drawer.”
Rowan Savage Rowan Savage on the joys and frustrations of growing up with lesbian parents.
RUBY HAMAD The unspoken dangers of cosmetic surgery that's aimed at "Westernising" non-Caucasian features.
SARAH MACDONALD Sitting in a family wagon amidst the grot of ground-in food and broken toys we may not look like Thelma and Louise in a convertible but we sure feel like it.
SONJA EBBELS What happens when partners have different tolerance for secrets and privacy?
Acts of kindness
Karen Zuercher For San Francisco-based writer, Karen Zuercher, the simple answer was because she could.
Jo Berry Why you won’t offend Jo Berry if you offer to push her wheelchair.
PAUL CHAI Since when has going Dutch gone out of fashion?
Chinese dating show
Phoebe Lay "The show is very big in Shanghai. Every episode has a lot of crying and touching moments."
Kent Page A UNICEF worker reflects on the extraordinary task of retrieving bodies in the wake of Haiyan.
Luke "On the outside I was confident, happy, funny and engaging but on the inside I felt like I was suffering a slow death."
Caroline Shepherd Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and this is what you can do to help. Nariman Tamimi, lives in Palestinian soldiers have there have killed her brother, and injured hundreds more, including two of her children.
Kate Fridkis 'You don’t have to have a birthing ‘experience.’ You can just have a baby.'
ALECIA SIMMONDS Continental romances are not as easy as riding on a vespa into a sepia-tinted sunset.
Lesbian ad pulled
Effie Mann The furniture giant didn't want to risk breaking the country's 'homosexual propaganda ban.'
Sayeed Aleemullah Shah What it's like to work with survivors of domestic violence in Papua New Guinea.
Amelia This conversation shouldn't have taken this mum by surprise, but it did.
AMY MCNEILAGE Amy McNeilage is rejecting the Western Suburbs stigma and thinks you should too.
RUBY HAMAD Being pro-choice and regretting an abortion is not mutually exclusive.
Effie Mann Kayhar calls for a trans revolution and it might just give you chills.
Philippa Strickland Philippa Strickland's harrowing tale of being assaulted in Lamu, off the Kenyan coast.
Peter Munro Why is the last stop on the journey through life so often an impersonal hotel room?
Trigger warning: graphic description of violent assault.
Philippa Strickland's harrowing tale of being assaulted in Lamu, off the Kenyan coast.