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I’m terrified of public speaking. You wouldn’t know it. You wouldn’t see my pulse explode like lightning behind my eyes while the embodiment of my childhood self scaled a tree. You’d...

There is a well I have fallen into it How ironic that I am encircled by wellness When the outcome is grave Perhaps if we cry We’ll reach the brim Perhaps...

Two hundred and eighty-two days— The number of days she hummed on my back To the tune of B-flat and a black hole Fifty-seven octaves below middle C That’s where I’d...

I like to do all my writing naked. Here I am rolling around on a fluffy white rug reflecting on the ins and outs of gratitude, empathy, independent thinking, and the...

“Pain + Reflection = Progress” –Ray Dalio As long as we learn to embrace one another, we will be all right. Maybe even great. I heard a lot of noise during...

When I originally began writing a novel, I had not one but two job offers from interesting companies. Neither had anything to do with my creative pursuits, not directly. One was...

Somewhere, everywhere, toddlers around the world are teaching their parents to slow down, to take a breather, to just enjoy. "Just enjoy!" Oh how that phrase used to bother me! It meant "tolerate...

I love rainy days. When I was a child, my teachers would ask the class, "What do you want to do when you grow up?" I would tell them, “I want to be...

I want to believe that I am self-sufficient. That within my ingenious female ecosystem lies impenetrable savvy. The kind of savvy that will propel me into a position of leadership. A position...

Everyone remembers that scene in Meet the Parents when Ben Stiller makes a sweeping generalization about being able to milk anything with nipples, and Robert De Niro hilariously responds, "I have...