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What Bird Watching Gave Me After My Miscarriage

It was satisfying to see those robins, sparrows, and starlings, because they were still with us. They had stayed.

Sep 19, 2018
My Grandfather Helps Me Find Myself, Even Though He's Gone

My family isn’t religious, but we have a saying that we do believe in my grandfather. And an essay he wrote about me reminds me to believe in myself.

Sep 18, 2018
Why I Needed to See the Heart of Padre Pio

An obsession with a Catholic saint and his relics made me think about the pieces of myself I had offered up to others.

Sep 13, 2018
The Place We Once Called Home: A Comic

How do you mourn someone who is still alive, who might as well be a stranger now?

Sep 12, 2018
I Stopped Dyeing My Gray Hair as an Act of Resistance

Beauty and its pursuit can be art, a delight, a terrific party. But a party you must attend every day isn’t a party at all. It’s an unpaid job.

Sep 06, 2018
Watching Home Movies After My Double Mastectomy

Inside her small body lives every answer to every obstacle. No maps are necessary. She is the map.

Sep 05, 2018
Loving Your Immigrant Parents, Superstitions and All

There’s a distinct kind of relationship that privileged first-generation children have with their immigrant parents.

Aug 23, 2018
How Reading True Crime Stories Helps Us Face Our Own Fears

“Not thinking about these things doesn’t make them go away. So, instead, I choose to look. It is staring into a dim room and letting my eyes adjust to the dark.”

Aug 09, 2018
How A War in the Middle East Changed My Family in the Philippines Forever

Papa left the summer I turned eight. The emotional toll of a wife who blamed him was too much to carry along with the burden of repatriating thousands of Filipino citizens.

Aug 07, 2018
How Shanties and Songs of the Sea Helped Me Weather the Storm of Depression

The language of depression can be curiously maritime. It comes in waves; it drowns us; it’s the Mariner’s albatross around our necks.

Aug 06, 2018
True Love Waits: How “Saving Myself” Made Me Lose My Faith

To your church and to the world, there is nothing more dangerous than a woman wanting.

Aug 02, 2018
Hiking Toward Koreanness: An Adoptee Returns to Her Motherland

Adoption is one of those forks in the road where many of us try to glimpse through the trees to the other path, the other world.

Aug 01, 2018
In Pursuit of Fertile Ground: Continuing IVF When the Odds Are Against You

I am at the nether reaches of my fertility, curious as to what I can still grow. This remains a shock.

Jul 31, 2018
How My High School Teacher Became My Abuser

My English teacher helped me believe in my writing. She also drew me into an inappropriate relationship.

Jul 30, 2018
“Mrs. Patten Would Doubtless Be of Service if a Man”: Mary Patten and Shirley Jackson, Two Women Who Broke the Mold

Patten didn’t undress for fifty days while onboard Neptune’s Car because “the threat of rape had never been far from her mind.”

Jul 26, 2018
Who Agrees That Swimming in the Ocean is Scary?

It was like a disaster movie, the quiet moment before the asteroid lands. “Swim!” he yelled, but it was too late for me.

Jul 25, 2018
Nature or Nurture: Insomnia and What We Pass On to Our Children

“How do I teach her letting go, when my hands are still gnarled in the shape of everything I’ve ever lost?”

A Queer Love Story at the Bottom of the Sea

What the Venus flower basket and a Norwegian bildungsroman can teach us about queer adolescence.

Jul 24, 2018
What ‘The Proud Family’ Gave to Millennial Muslims

The violence of the moment, conveyed in shades of melancholy purple, is bleak even for a cartoon. But it’s also honest.

Jul 23, 2018
Up and Under: On Water, Fatherhood, and the Perils of Both

“The nurse sucked the last of his water world out of him. And then the cry, a goodbye to that wet planet.”

Jul 19, 2018