• Michael Starr Hopkins in Dating

    10 People Confess The Exact Moment They Knew Their Relationship Was Ending

    10 People Confess The Exact Moment They Knew Their Relationship Was Ending

    Welcome to the Ex Games: a content series about love lost. Whether it's the realization things need to end, the act of rejection, the reality of being single, or the resurrection that is moving on, the Ex Games has every stage of a breakup covered. And to really bring these stories to life, we've launched the Ex Games podcast, […]
  • Michael Starr Hopkins on Presidential Election 2016

    We Have To Stop Dismissing Trump Supporters As ‘Crazy' And Start Listening

    We Have To Stop Dismissing Trump Supporters As ‘Crazy' And Start Listening

    Let me start off  by saying I believe Donald Trump is racist, elitist, sexist and fascist. He threatens the very foundation of this country. He, like many before him, has exploited a vulnerable group of Americans with a need for their fears to be validated. Donald Trump has provided these Americans with that validation. We […]
  • Michael Starr Hopkins in Life

    Everything My Parents' Divorce Taught Me About Making Relationships Work

    Everything My Parents' Divorce Taught Me About Making Relationships Work

    Like a lot of people I know, I grew up with divorced parents. I had the opportunity, for better or for worse, to see all the ways a relationship between two loving individuals can end in pain and heartbreak. I say for better or for worse because while their divorce was preventable, it was also […]
  • Michael Starr Hopkins on Fighting For Flint

    What You Need To Know About The Racist Roots Behind The Flint Water Crisis

    What You Need To Know About The Racist Roots Behind The Flint Water Crisis

    It seems obvious to say that what happened in Flint, Michigan was about race and economic inequality, but it was — and still is — about these issues. We all know it. The citizens of Flint, Michigan were allowed to unknowingly drink, cook and bathe with water that was contaminated with lead and other toxins, […]
  • Michael Starr Hopkins in Dating

    The Best Part About Forgiving Your Ex Is That You Don't Need Them To Do It

    The Best Part About Forgiving Your Ex Is That You Don't Need Them To Do It

    No one goes into a relationship expecting to breakup (hopefully). You go into a relationship because you see something in your significant other that you want to be a part of. There's an attraction, both mentally and physically that draws you to that person. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on who you ask, not every relation […]
  • Michael Starr Hopkins on Love Hurts

    3 Reasons It's So Hard For You To Get Over Your First Love

    3 Reasons It's So Hard For You To Get Over Your First Love

    Until I met my first love, I never understood what Tim McGraw was talking about when he said, “The memory of a first love never fades away.” I met my first love at summer camp. We were young, awkward and inexperienced. Puberty was beginning to take root, and our rose-colored lenses had not yet begun […]
  • Michael Starr Hopkins on Love Hurts

    Why You Should Reconsider Forgiving Someone Who Doesn't Deserve It

    Why You Should Reconsider Forgiving Someone Who Doesn't Deserve It

    I met Christine* during our first week of college. Like all the other freshmen, we were both nervous about meeting new people and experiencing all that college had to offer. Things started off casually. We hung out in groups and often stole flirtatious glances at the pub. Neither one of us wanted to admit our […]
  • Michael Starr Hopkins on Love Hurts

    3 Breakup Don'ts That Will Help You Move On From Lingering Heartbreak

    3 Breakup Don'ts That Will Help You Move On From Lingering Heartbreak

    At some point in every man or woman's life, they'll go through a breakup. I don't mean just any breakup. I mean an earth-shattering, life-altering, even-tequila-can't-solve-the-pain kind of breakup. For those of us that have been through them, we know how brutal they can be. No one expects a breakup to be easy, but this […]
  • Michael Starr Hopkins on Presidential Election 2016

    I Really Want To Vote Republican, But Here's Why I Can't

    I Really Want To Vote Republican, But Here's Why I Can't

    I've been a Democrat since I was old enough to vote. My parents were Democrats, their parents were Democrats and I've known nothing other than the Democratic Party my entire life. In 2000, much to the dismay of my grandfather, I considered voting for John McCain. I appreciated his honesty and the way he carried himself. […]