Category Personal

Remembering My Mother: On Grief, Les Mis, and the Strange Poetry of Life

For all of its randomness, life has poetry sometimes. On this day in history, June 5, 2004 my mom died. The next day, June 6th, was my 16th birthday. On these day(s) in history 184 years ago is when the rebellion famously featured in Les Mis occurred, otherwise known as the June Rebellion. Or as […]

The Power of Stories (Or an Essay on Why I Don’t Usually Like Things Casually)

I don’t like things casually. This occured to me as I was watching the Hamilton performance at the Grammy’s while I sank slowly into the couch cushions and got tears in my eyes, intermittently emitting a soft squeak. To be fair, I wasn’t alone in this; my roommate was grabbing the sleeve of my sweatshirt […]

New Years (And Some Resolutions!)

So this is an accountability post for this blog I have too-long neglected. Due to other writing commitments (article writing for Young Progressives, fic writing, and trying to edit my in-progress memoir) and life and work and all sorts of other things I haven’t made time for it even though I have a list of […]

“Give these Kids and Me the Brand New Century”: The Power of Internet Friendships

YA author and Youtuber John Green says a lot of smart things, but the following quote is one of my absolute favorites: “I dislike the phrase “Internet friends,” because it implies that people you know online aren’t really your friends, that somehow the friendship is less real or meaningful to you because it happens through […]

Oceans of Grief, Flames of Hope

This is another personal post, but with some thoughts I felt should be shared. As I mentioned in my last post, March is a difficult month for me, and today is the hardest. In the back of my mind, I knew the 10th anniversary of losing my dad was going to be hard, but I […]

Les Mis Redux: Finding My Voice

This is a bit more of a personal post than usual, but it is also one I feel very compelled to write, one of those moments when if I don’t get the words down on the page, my soul feels stuck . I’ve been thinking about this post for a few days, but due to […]