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We Lined Up for Bread and He Massacred Us

Here in Idlib, Syria, we have gone back to the most primitive ways of living: We cook on coal. We wash our clothes by hand. But we are surviving. Some days it feels like a miracle.

Jul 23, 2019
Are We Ever Disabled ‘Enough’ When You Don’t See Our Disabilities?

It is not so much that these things are invisible as it is that people are trained to hide them, and society is conditioned to look away from them.

Jul 17, 2019
The Joy of Making Mint Stracciatella Ice Cream in My Mother’s Sacred Kitchen

What I can do for now is to give back in ways that may seem extraneous, but bring delight to the recipient. So, I make frozen desserts.

Jul 16, 2019
On Eve’s Temptation and the Monsters We Make of Hungry Women

There is a part of me, even after so many iterations of faith and years of living in an adult body, that is waiting for punishment, waiting to be banished from the Garden.

Jul 15, 2019
The Menacing, Exuberant Cluelessness of ‘Clueless’

I am not the first viewer of this movie to see it as essentially apocalyptic.

Jul 10, 2019
Horseshoe Crabs Have Survived All of History—and Remind Us How We Could Too

This creature is a survivor. As long as it survives, our notion of the wild, of conditions indifferent to humanity in which other species thrive, survives too.

Jul 03, 2019
I’m Done With Cautionary Tales About Women and Power

Lilly Dancyger on casting spells and re-watching The Craft during an election season.

Jun 27, 2019
Summer in Tokyo: Rain Women, Cicadas, and Visits from the Dead

One reason I fell in love with Japan is the way each season is embraced and celebrated. Living here has changed my view of them—and of myself.

Jun 20, 2019
In His 70s, a Congolese Physician and Refugee Dreams of Medical School Once More

From the Congo to a refugee camp in Kenya to resettlement in Austin, TX—this is the story of a doctor who is starting over.

Jun 19, 2019
Finding a Way Forward After Failure and Heartbreak, in Life and on the Farm

I was single for the first time in eighteen years. I felt unmoored. For the first time in eighteen years, everything was new, including me.

Jun 18, 2019
Women Are from Mars Attacks!

The world of this movie is a world in which transness is not the exception but the rule.

Jun 11, 2019
Burning Your Mouth to Spite Your Heart

I need something that is going to tingle, tell me the food is alive. Because I want to be alive, too.

Jun 03, 2019
What It Takes to Advocate for Twice-Exceptional Kids in School

I think about the many invisible struggles, the empty places I have had to fill for my kids. The bridges I’ve had to build.

May 29, 2019
How My Korean Skincare Routine Protects Me in Wintery, White Wyoming

I take off the effects of the day, the echoes of wind, sleet, and snow. I pamper my skin, urge it to replenish and heal. I am asking myself to brave another day.

What Happens to Our Numbers When We Die?

When I search for my father, I feel his numbers. Here’s a house number on my friend’s street that mimics the first few digits of my father’s phone. Here, at the 7/11, my receipt totals the amount of the last four digits of his SSN.

May 23, 2019
What I Did for the Chance to Have a Baby Someday

I flew to Taiwan the year I turned thirty-six, a trip I’d booked solely for the purpose of freezing my eggs.

May 22, 2019
At My Urban Farm, I’m Growing My Family and Growing Our Sanctuary

By farming, I connect back to my own culture. To, pun intended, my roots. To what it means to be a child of immigrants and help things grow.

May 21, 2019
When My Daughter and I Moved in with My Parents, Making Ice Cream Brought Us Together

Do other people ascribe “luck” to objects? I wondered. Wouldn’t it be far better to finally use this kitchen appliance and truly love it?

May 14, 2019
On Star Trek: Discovery’s Philippa Georgiou and How We Turn Our Mothers into Villains

I blamed my mother for so many things, but I blamed her especially for being a mere mortal when what I really needed was a supreme, supernaturally benevolent being.

May 13, 2019