Cover Photo: This illustration by Ramón y Cajal is of the nervous system in the brain. As Anna describes in this essay, the black and white line radiating outward look like the roots of the tree, or a system of rivers, viewed from above.
Courtesy of the Ackland Museum of Art, Chapel Hill

Finding God in Science

The grounding I felt in organized religion was substantial: the loss, acutely painful. I found temporary relief in all the ways nature found me wherever I lived.


Anna Held is a writer and editor based in San Francisco. Her essays have appeared in BuzzFeed, The Cut, The Rumpus, Romper, Runner's World, Catapult, Vox, and Electric Literature, among other publications. She is an associate features editor at The Rumpus and a prolific ghostwriter.

Photo credit: Andria Lo