Tag: Prompts

Fury: Women's Lived Experiences During the Trump Era

Fury: Women's Lived Experiences During the Trump Era
It’s a strange thing to have a book come out about how horribly you have been impacted by the Trump presidency, and not to be able to hold it in your hands because you’re trapped in a hospital in large part because of the incompetence of the Trump presidency. It took me an additional four... Read more »

7 Practical Reactions for Women Being Legislated as Chattel

7 Practical Reactions for Women Being Legislated as Chattel
With Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, Ohio, Texas, et. al. doing the absolute most to revoke the bodily autonomy of the women who reside there, many reasonably outraged human beings are struggling to find ways to protest. Dressing up like Handmaids seems a bit pointless when it’s actually the goal of these legislators to turn women into... Read more »

An Adventure in Misdiagnosis, for Dysautonomia Awareness Month

An Adventure in Misdiagnosis, for Dysautonomia Awareness Month
I’ve recently learned that October is Dysautonomia Awareness Month, which I found utterly stunning. I thought dysautonomia was a rare disorder, incredibly rare. I was spectacularly wrong. However, it is often misdiagnosed. It takes an average of six years to diagnose dysautonomia. It took five years to diagnose mine. When I was eighteen, I started... Read more »
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F*ck Cancer: A long-overdue rant

F*ck Cancer: A long-overdue rant
A disclaimer: this is a very angry rant. It’s the kind of rant I have been holding back for eleven years. It is now spurred by the things being said about John McCain’s death, directly after Aretha Franklin’s both from cancer, and both from people who have never dealt with cancer. It is not filtered... Read more »

Tahlequah's Dirge

Tahlequah's Dirge
A poem:   Tahlequah’s Dirge For sixteen days a mother orca has carried the corpse of her calf across the sea. We the human watch in awe, in horror, at the progression of her mourning, performing nonverbal aquatic adaptations of emotion we only channel through “It’s Quiet Uptown” and we witness, we the simple, the... Read more »

Brain Diseases are Real Diseases

Brain Diseases are Real Diseases
You know how it seems like every month is something month? Like, last month was Sexual Assault Awareness Month, March was Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month? May is both Brain Tumor Awareness Month, and Mental Health Awareness Month. I’m sure this wasn’t exactly planned, but I think it’s meaningful that these two awarenesses are overlapping. Back before... Read more »
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Oral History of the New Colossus

Oral History of the New Colossus
Last month, I was honored to be a featured poet at a local Poets in Resistance event. Below is the transcript of the poem I read for the crowd. Please enjoy. Oral History of the New Colossus 1. I come from a people of wandering, Of desert paths swept clean of footprints by thousand year... Read more »

Save AmeriCorps!

Save AmeriCorps!
I want to tell you about my two years of National Service with AmeriCorps. When I was 19 I became a VISTA, for the Chicago Housing Authority Recycling Buy-back Program. We provided alternate income sources for people living in public housing, employment opportunities for people who might have otherwise been denied jobs, supported locally owned... Read more »

I Pretend To Be Honest

I Pretend To Be Honest
This post was inspired by this week’s ChicagoNow Blogapalooza prompt.   When I was about fourteen, I read “Mother Night” by Kurt Vonnegut. I was already a huge fan. Two years earlier, my father had assigned “Cat’s Cradle” as part of my homeschooling curriculum, and I had devoured every Vonnegut book in the house before... Read more »
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My Three Year Old Told Me She Was Being Pressured to Drink

My Three Year Old Told Me She Was Being Pressured to Drink
We were having a nice, quiet family dinner. My daughter looked up at me and, apropos of nothing, said, “A boy tried to give me alcohol, and I said no.” I know my first impulse probably should have been to feel pride and joy… but my daughter just celebrated her third birthday. My response was... Read more »