Learning to Say Goodbye

I hate graduations. I hate long, boring speeches. I hate masses of loud and enthusiastic friends and family. I hate obligatory photos. I hate it all. I tried to weasel out of my graduation couple of years ago. However, my family objected. My friends who were first-generation graduates shared with me their stories, explained the […]

Finding Woman

Dress Up When I was young, I used to slip into my mom’s high heels, clumsily put on her lipstick and wrap a towel around my head to pretend I had long hair. I’d stand on top of the treadmill and pretend to teach a classroom full of invisible children. The powerful women I noticed […]

In the Darkness of Friday

I pry through my closed blinds and notice glints of pink and magenta. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom and are caught in the steady waves of a light breeze. Spring is here. But on this side of my blinds, it remains dark and cold. I light a candle and whisper, “Lord, have mercy.” […]

Rest in Reason, Move in Passion, Rise in Love

The awakening has started, there’s no denying it. The drowsy are stirring, the young are rising, and the resistance is forming. I saw it in the streets of Portland, when thousands banded together to mourn and grieve the recent election. I saw it when local high school students participated in an organized walk out, trying […]

Dear Justice

Dear Justice, Old friend, it has been a while, hasn’t it? Do you remember those countless, sleepless nights when we sat on my bedroom floor, planning meetings, writing grant proposals and dreaming of days when peace would reign and love would flourish? Remember those long, passionate speeches I would give my peers on why they […]