A Blessing for the New Year

So much has changed this year. You got married. You got divorced. You were pregnant. You gave birth. You moved. You got a job. You lost a job. You lost your home. You lost your faith. You lost a parent. A friend. A loved one. You lost yourself. You found yourself. Birth. Rebirth. You went […]

How Remembering Reorients Us

The first year I moved to the U.S., my parents and I wandered through the grocery store on Thanksgiving day and asked the man working behind the deli counter if we could buy a turkey. The man pointed to the sliced turkey meat on the side. My parents clarified, “We are looking for the whole […]

Babies

There’s an 11-year-old girl who, whenever she sees me, asks when I’m going to have a baby. After trying my best to conceal my panic and shock, I gently remind her that I’m in my mid 20s and don’t plan on thinking about having kids any time soon. The girl refuses to accept my feeble […]

The Prophetic Period

Gurgle. Rumble. Ooze. Bloat. Expand. Bleed. Weep. Feelings. All of it. Too much of it.   Chocolate. Ibuprofen. Netflix. More Chocolate. Rinse and repeat. Menstruation is no fun. The first few days are terrible. The pain is dull yet overpowering. The emotions burn with fury. I have a routine. I cancel all non-emergency plans, buy […]

Independence Day is a Hard Day for Me

Independence Day is a hard day for me. How do you love the land you call home, yet is ravaged by war, greed and corruption? How do you love the land where black and brown bodies are considered less than and are killed unjustly? How do you love the land that was built on the […]