I’ll Pray For You

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My knee jerk response bubbles up. Don’t bother. I can feel the hardness on my tongue. But I hold back. I examine the bitterness I feel, and try to pinpoint where it came from. Hope dashed? Prayers seemingly unanswered? Watching my child suffer from a crippling disease? Probably all of the above. Keep praying, whispers […]

Seeing Ourselves: Good News for Girls

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How We See Ourselves “You don’t have to have pink toys if you’re a girl … That was the olden days. Now it’s 2014. Catch up, people.” How Girls Really Feel about Gender Roles and the Rise of Pro-Female Advertising Marvel Comics catches up with Kamala Kahn: Muslim, girl, superhero. Katie Driscoll, a photographer, didn’t see […]

How to Make a Life

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Her absence rings most empty at the breakfast table. Every morning, my dad starts the coffee maker, drops his raisin bread in the toaster and slowly opens the blinds covering the window over the sink. Squinting through the glass, he takes note of the temperature outside, the amount of bird seed left in each feeder, […]

When Love Hurts: Reflections from the Other Side

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[TRIGGER WARNING: Descriptions of emotional abuse + suicidal thoughts] By M. “You can commit yourself, or I will have you committed,” Robert, my therapist, said to me. I’d been in therapy for about a year. The small paneled office had been a lifeline for me over the previous several months, but today it felt like […]

She Talks to Angels

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They alight with the alacrity of a spring morning. Noisy chirps and flutterings abound. Winged bodies bounce from perch to perch, finding place. It’s dismal outside, but even these Cimmerian days can’t rain on their parade, that much is clear. Clawed feet pick and scratch at the earth. Beaks open and close while their tiny […]