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Turn Your Wander into Wonder

October 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

It’s well known that walking aids creativity. In fact, it’s become so entrenched that there’s now a backlash against such a notion. And I can see that. It’s not every [...]

Seed Pod

October 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

I notice the young woman about to slop her wine even before I raise my own flute of crisp, cool Prosecco to my lips, but she’s not even worth critiquing. Black mascara runs [...]

They Built the Bridge

October 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

I was never one to defend myself. Never one to set strong boundaries, or to teach people how to treat me. I was always not only willing to take other people’s abuse, but I [...]

A Voice that Sounds Like Home

October 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

This week, after almost two months abroad, I’ve returned to my official place of residence in Portland, Oregon. But I’m having trouble calling it home. I wonder if maybe [...]

Panic Attacks and Little Debbies

September 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

I need to be more transparent. I need to stop glossing it over. I need to stop posting about a life that is edited with filters and lighting. I need to tell more people that [...]

Finding the Humor in Chronic Illness

September 5, 2019 // 1 Comment

Being chronically ill sucks. Bottom line. It’s not fun. Or funny. Or enjoyable. But… there are moments that make me laugh. The absurdity of it all can turn an [...]

Dreams of Lemon Meringue Pie

August 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

My father grew up in an abandoned house in Pālama, one of the less reputable parts of Honolulu. He didn’t even wear shoes until middle school, which was mostly fine [...]

Cleo the Miracle Cat

August 11, 2019 // 1 Comment

November 8, 2018 started out as any ordinary work day. The weather had been warm for November, and I was bemoaning this fact, as I am a cool weather person. I’d woken up [...]

Overheard in the Coffee Shop

August 6, 2019 // 1 Comment

Content warning: suicide My name is not Alan Smithee. Unlike the Hollywood directors who ran from their projects, I want to attach my name to this post. I just can’t. There [...]

It’s Not A Rant, It’s My Reality

August 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

Content warning: suicide, loss Ever notice when we get completely worked up and really want to express what affects us deeply, we call it a rant? I’ve had rants before. [...]
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