You know that feeling when you try to wake up from a self-induced NyQuil coma and you’re kinda awake and moving, but also like, are you even? Living in Southeast Asia for nearly six months now has been like experiencing that transcendent, hazy dream-like state constantly interspersed with acute moments of the deepest, sharpest realities… Continue reading Joy, Unspeakable Joy
A little boy and his grandfather walk along the beach one morning during low tide. The ocean had washed up hundreds of starfish overnight and they were now drying out on the shore, unable to get back to the water. The little boy was upset by the sight of all the dying sea life and… Continue reading Social Justice and Starfish
When we decided as a family to adopt my little brother and sister, I was 20 years old. My biological siblings’ ages ranged from 22 to 14. I was living at home after graduating college and was working to save money to get the heck out of Dodge. Looking back at the confusion and frustration… Continue reading Advice for Older Siblings of Adopted Children
(A Listicle: brought on by melancholic thoughts of leaving for a year and reflecting on the women in my family who inspire me and nurture my love of learning ((preferably in beautiful buildings)). When I think of these places, it’s not just the memories I have of them there but of who they are to… Continue reading Women In My Life as Museums
So I find myself sitting at a public park in Carmel because its public amenities are on par with that of a small Scandinavian country and all I want is a little bit of quiet to escape from my admittedly already pretty escapist life. As I’m watching the sunset and batting off the pesky gnats… Continue reading How should I measure this year?
Two things happened on the same day recently that opened up a subject that I have desperately tried to avoid for a while now: my tempestuous relationship with the French language. Ever since I chose it over Spanish in seventh grade, my French has been a source of pride and shame in equal measure. Pride… Continue reading Very Bien- My Franglais Missed Connection