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Ugly Steps and Crooked Railings

September 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

When we first bought our house, it had a wonky, completely non-code step that led up onto the front porch. It required you to think twice before attempting it, every single [...]

Stupid Little Reasons to Stay

September 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Content warning: this piece contains mentions of suicidal ideation, PTSD, and depression The bedroom is quiet and gray. Only a strip of pearly morning glows around the edges [...]

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 [...]

How Tattoos Tell Our Stories

July 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

I used to have a bumper sticker—fortunately, never affixed to my car’s bumper—that read, “tattoos: not just for sailors and whores anymore.” The sex worker-shaming [...]

We’re All the Same Soft Animal Inside

June 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Content warning: suicide, death I’m thinking this morning about suicide. Anthony Bourdain was special to a lot of us, and his death feels heavy to me. Two celebrity [...]

The Price of Black Girl Magic

January 24, 2018 // 6 Comments

I had been on suicide watch for two days. Every hour on the hour, a female floor attendant knocked on the metal frame of the bed to make sure I was still alive. The bed [...]

Living With Passive Suicidal Ideation

September 25, 2017 // 5 Comments

A quick content note: the following contains frank discussions of trauma, mental illness, and suicidal ideation. During suicide prevention month, especially in the wake of [...]

Sweatpants & Sanity | The ‘S’ Word

July 13, 2017 // 1 Comment

It has become increasingly apparent to me that one of the biggest hurdles for people who want to help loved ones suffering from mental illness is empathy. The ability to walk [...]
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