Teach Me How to Age Well

To the women in my life, Please don’t be afraid of aging. I know you’re weary of stretch marks and wrinkled skin and saggy boobs. I know you strategically drape your sarees to cover your belly, and constantly keep checking to see if your shirt covers your flabby arms. I see you restocking products that […]

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 […]