Will You Forgive Me?

Will You Forgive Me?

October is when I came back to life. I know it from the pumpkin bread recipe hanging on my fridge by a magnet with notes scribbled about ingredients to swap. Try a quarter-cup of banana instead of an egg, pumpkin puree for a fall flavor. I wrote in the margins on a narrow notepad with [...]

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You Don’t Know the Whole Story

You Don’t Know the Whole Story

Once, I thought I knew it all. I thought my story was sadder than anyone else's story. I thought my family had endured more than anyone else's, but that was just our little secret to carry around. Psh, if only you knew. And by "once" I mean a million times. This is an easy habit [...]

How to Win the Day

How to Win the Day

Last night: chips and salsa, tacos, and sangria with my longest best friends. One declares she's learning to wait. (A fist pounded on the table to mark the historical moment.) She's the decision-maker of the team, so we cocked our heads a little bit, squinted, because this whole waiting to make a decision thing will [...]

How Long You Stay On A Treadmill Reveals a Lot About Your Future Self

How Long You Stay On A Treadmill Reveals a Lot About Your Future Self

I will not die on a treadmill. Let me back up a little bit. Angela Duckworth wrote a book called Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. In the chapter about how effort counts twice, she quotes Will Smith, who said, "The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is: I'm [...]