What to do when the news makes you feel like a human ashtray

I never realized how much we take the absence of pain for granted. Instead, we cite boredom, general malaise, and complaint rather than sheer gratitude for the stardust shooting through our bodies, for those perfect moments when speck and cell align, humming, harmonious. We've got to be grateful at the cellular level. We've got to …

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Recently published: “I Am Not the Girl You’re in Love With”

"Awake, I think how nice it would be to fall asleep in your bed, to sink in to your cool, grey sheets. The music surrounds me, brings me up. It brings me out of shelter, it breaks something. I open my ribcage like a cabinet, I offer you my heart. Kiss me hard before you go it …

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a little sweetbrag: Ohioana Grant

So, a thing happened, and it's a thing I've had my eye on since I was 18 years old. I won the Ohioana Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant, which is an annual writing award given to a writer age 30 or under who hasn't published a book yet. https://www.facebook.com/Ohioana/photos/a.378711712794.158803.25305117794/10155110366302795/?type=3&theater Here's the full text of the Ohioana …

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Some essays take 4 years to write.

I mean, this one did. I turned it over and over again, like stones in water, finding things that glimmered and caught the sun. But there never felt like a real sense of cohesion. I'd also add that it's one of the more experimental essays I've done. So experimental and feeling/sensory-oriented that I considered categorizing …

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