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Personal Essay | Why I’m Ignoring My Ancestors Hushing Me

August 3, 2016 // 2 Comments

I have begun to experience a type of revisionist history when I spend time with my father. I start seeing things from his point of view and recognize that I had fallen victim to my mother’s version of events in many circumstances. And while the long-ago affair was 100% my father’s fault, so many other situations were not entirely his alone. Secrecy has a way of protecting the wrong people, creating a vintage veneer that is more faux-finished than true patina. [...]

Personal Essay | The Wisdom In Wobbling

August 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

We need the wobbles and the shakeups in our lives to remind us that these pressures have nothing to do with feeling truly alive and being in soulful touch with ourselves. I actually feel so much better in general when I am not trying to keep it together; when I embrace my stumbles so much I make new dances out of them. And when they really hurt, there is nothing more cathartic than crying it out, screaming it out, and learning why I stumbled in such a way so that I can understand myself better, rather than wishing away that I was a “better” person. [...]

Personal Essay | Invisible Disability

June 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

Jessica Grey talks about how anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, and other invisible disabilities affect your relationship with - and image of - your own body. [...]

Personal Essay Submission Guidelines

July 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

General Guidelines With your well-crafted words, tell us your true stories of transformation and redemption. Reach down into those dark places, and tell us how you emerged [...]