Oh, the places we went.

When I was younger, my family would take at least one long road trip during the summer. We had family reunions every summer and, we would all pile in the car to go. We would also visit my dad’s family on the East Coast. My sister and I would load up in the backseat with... Continue Reading →

Is laughter the best medicine?

Whenever I’m feeling down, Deaven will make a joke or funny face to make me laugh. It works 99% of the time. One of the easiest ways to make me laugh is by showing me this failed gender reveal video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOX5HnyDV0k. In the video, the couple expecting the baby are being filmed. Their friend is... Continue Reading →

It’s okay to not feel okay

“The first and truest thing is that all truth is a paradox. Life is both a precious, unfathomably beautiful gift, and it’s impossible here, on the incarnational side of things. It’s been a very bad match for those of us who were born extremely sensitive. It’s so hard and weird that we sometimes wonder if... Continue Reading →

Shaggy dog stories

My family and I are “dog people." My family has had dogs since before I was born. In the 1980s, Before spaying and neutering was a widely accepted, encouraged, and mandated practice, our dog Rose had at least three litters from neighboring dogs. One winter before I was born, Rose was heavily pregnant when my... Continue Reading →

Creepy crawlin’

When I don’t feel like explaining my quirks, I hide the weird parts of myself to fit in. Also, for the benefit of other people. I’ve found an easy to way to alienate yourself is by being fascinated by insects, snakes, fish, or other animals. You know this feeling if you’ve ever pretended to feel... Continue Reading →

I’m a mess

If cleanliness is godliness, call me Lucifer. My mom would clean the house every few hours when I was a kid. You will think I’m joking if you don’t know my unbelievable real-life-energizer-bunny mom. I made quarter-hearted attempts to help but mostly tried to stay out of the way or shout as she vacuumed in... Continue Reading →

Overcooking your thoughts

“Racing thoughts and wasted time. It's the same old story-line. This is my nursery rhyme.” - Motion City Soundtrack At our house now, the glass cooking tray in the microwave comes off the wheels underneath it. It won’t turn properly and repeats the same high-pitched squeal over and over. The food heats unevenly because only... Continue Reading →

Let’s get physical

Imagine you’re meeting someone for the first time. It’s casual. You both exchange hellos. They ask a simple question, “What do you like to do for fun?” Alarm bells ring. You’re frantically trying to think of intelligent answers or any answer to the simple question. Your brain is paralyzed. The question is a threat. Your... Continue Reading →

It was the most awkward of times…

“It’s a phase,” people say as they tilt their head in pity and smile reassuringly. Take comfort. When it comes to some things, like that chili-bowl haircut in your early years, they’re right. However, as fate would have it, the powers that be blessed me with a range of physical and mental quirks to ensure... Continue Reading →

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