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The power of vulnerability on the deathbed

The deathbed is a place that is both inevitable and so highly avoided, especially in…

My career in the military led me away from myself. My career with veterans led me back

When I was eight years old, I stayed up late watching Adult Swim on The…

Francesca Verdad and the Superhero Unicorn

I hadn’t planned to drive to eastern Nevada with my father-in-law during the COVID-19 pandemic…

Dear Americans who have been raped, sexually abused, assaulted, oppressed, or sexually harassed,

Dear Americans who have been raped, sexually abused, assaulted, oppressed, or sexually harassed, Recently Trump…

Baseball, America, Yankees: A Photo Journal

We arrived at the Court Deli Restaurant early that morning for coffee and breakfast  and…

Reflections on Life with Muscular Dystrophy

I sighed as I trudged across school towards biology class, with a heavy backpack and…

Where to find God? In math, love, the church, the backseat of a car, or the minds of children?

God and math: in my mind, they are connected, and here’s why. Math is formulaic,…

From Burnout to Thriving as a Working Mother: How Working Part-Time is Essential to My Well-Being

“What if you are meant to feel the world as inhospitable, unfriendly, off-track in just…

Brown Eyes

Brown Eyes Can I confide in you about a hesitancy that shadows me? Let me…

The bag of the silver-headed woman

This is not a story of sadness, but rather one real story of how not…

Parenting in the In-between space

He was 11 years old. He was skinny and tall, with a head full of…

“I Don’t See Colour”

Colour-blindness is the belief that there are no differences between different races and ethnicities; therefore,…

As a Child of the Diaspora, Loss is Part of My Identity

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has spoken out about the unprecedented immigration challenges at…

A Letter To My 7-month old Daughter

Dear Zahra, On your seven-month birthday, a super massive black hole was seen at the…

It’s Okay to Cry: Grieving as an Asian American

The United States marked a tragic milestone, 1 million COVID deaths. While the country is…