People

Postpartum Tea: Taking Care While Changing Identity

“It is a bewildering and lonely thing to be so attached to another human and also feel so adrift and so alone.”

May 26, 2017
Origin Stories: Mr. Robot and the Death of My Father

“Tragedy taught me one thing: Bad shit happens, and it can happen to me and the people I love.”

It’s Crying Time

Eyes up, no tears. Dad’s stage-four cancer, I thought, shouldn’t cause everyone to break down.

May 23, 2017
What If We Cultivated Our Ugliness? or: The Monstrous Beauty of Medusa

“Medusa’s ugliness grew and grew, becoming something greater than herself but still part of her legend.”

May 23, 2017
The Mystery of the Woods: Twin Peaks and the Pacific Northwest

“Twin Peaks did much to define the image of the Pacific Northwest in the popular imagination.”

The Bed Wench: On Writing About Your Community

“Fear is the most intimate partner I’ve ever had once I started my writing career.”

May 17, 2017
The Privilege of Having Soft Hands

My parents’ hands were the remnants of great struggle. Mine somehow remained untouched.

May 17, 2017
When a Mystery Illness Strikes

This is what I have learned from the past months of pain: We are made of equal parts death and life.

Running from the Dark

“I run to silence the voices that haunted my brother and sister.”

May 09, 2017
Decades After Foster Care, I Found My Long-Lost Brother

“If I’d stayed, I could have protected him. That’s what I believed. Maybe he believed that, too.”

May 09, 2017
On Miscarriage, Anxiety, and the Burden of Hope

“To have hope in the presence of suffering and constant anxiety can feel impossible.”

May 03, 2017
Passing for Human #6: The Asshole

I couldn’t help but hear you call someone an asshole.

May 02, 2017
Love in the Age of Prince

“After hearing ‘1999,’ I wouldn’t date any woman that wasn’t down with Prince.”

May 02, 2017
We Need to Recognize Complex PTSD in Order to Treat It

Our communities lack fundamental solutions to the scars of complex trauma.

Apr 26, 2017
Don’t Let It Bury You

How my relationship with dance helps me navigate my body, trauma, and mental health.

Apr 25, 2017
The Monstrous Female Ambition of the Harpy

“When women grab for space men thought reserved for their use alone, those men will surely call us foul.”

Apr 24, 2017
The Bathrobe: On Quilting and Memory

The act of quilting is the transformations of meaning and object.

Apr 20, 2017
Messages from the Dead, Missed Signals from the Living

The night of the spiritualist messaging service was the beginning of the end of my marriage.

Apr 19, 2017
Until We All Have Voices

I lost my voice at fifteen, when it faded into adolescent memory.

Apr 19, 2017