Voices

Just Walk: An Excerpt From The Buddha Sat Right Here

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Here I have one task — walk. No schedules to keep. No to-do list. Nobody paging me or pulling at my attention.

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How Interracial Friendships Impact Black Female Mental Health

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Growing up, I had a lot of access to people who looked like me. I was completely unaware of the struggles that accompany interracial friendships.

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How T Kira Madden’s ‘Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls’ Made Me Stop Playing the Grief Olympics 

T Kira Madden, Photo credit: Jac Martinez

T Kira Madden’s debut, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, shifted my understanding of myself to a degree I’ve never experienced.

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On Being A Spinster In 2019

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I have a daughter I adore, a career I am insanely proud of, and a friend group I cherish. Maybe that’s enough.. Maybe this is how a spinster is made.

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Uncovering The Secret Shame Of American Child Brides

We think that child brides only exist in other, far away places where forced marriages are more common.

We think that child brides only exist in other, far away places where forced marriages are more common.

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How Music Is Helping Me Cope With Turning 40

I’m turning 40 in April. I am mostly at peace with the looming milestone birthday, but every once in a while, the gravity of it all hits me.

I’m turning 40 in April. I am mostly at peace with the looming milestone birthday, but every once in a while, the gravity of it all hits me.

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How Do You Use Your Privilege?

How do I use my own privilege? Do I eliminate obstacles for others or do I take the easier route of deferring to the status quo?

How do I use my own privilege? Do I eliminate obstacles for others or do I take the easier route of deferring to the status quo?

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Esmé Weijun Wang Strips Away The Caricature of Schizophrenia

CREDIT: JACQUELYN TIERNEY

Freeing a human experience from of the muck of its stereotypes is especially important with something like the schizophrenias.

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Why I Wanted My Cane In My Engagement Photos 

When Macey and I planned our engagement photos, I knew I wanted my sparkly, bright lavender cane to be in them. (photo by Ginny Cummings Photography)

When Macey and I planned our engagement photos, I knew I wanted my sparkly, bright lavender cane to be in them.

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Why I’ll Never, Ever Get Over My Girlfriend’s Murder

You can learn to live with the pain, you can move on as I have after over a decade of self-reflection and hard work, but you never, ever get over it.

You can learn to live with the pain, you can move on as I have after over a decade of self-reflection and hard work, but you never, ever get over it.

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