By U.S. State
She has taught me to use a sewing machine about six different times. It never sticks.
Also there’s a sentient universe that’s a frog.
The grass was green, fading to tan as it does during winter in the South; 160 years ago the ground would have been stained with blood.
Teachers always have some vague notion about how it’s going to be the most “relatable” of the plays—and the relative lack of bloody deaths and disturbing family dynamics is just a bonus.
I readied myself to finally be the one disappearing into the muddy vegetation while my siblings made sideline sports commentary about my efforts.
She has yet to shred her first roll of toilet paper, or textbook, or slipper.
It is no less than an incarnation of the badges of history Estonia wears into the present, a memento of the past and a dream of a techno-future.
There’s something about these bowls that makes them superior to any other bowl I’ve had.
She laughed and said “Finger guns.” To which I responded “Bisexual finger guns.”
Numbers have a surprising tyranny over me, a word person.
How do you grieve for someone who you hardly know?
I feel a stiffening worry that the newness will turn sour, that everything will go wrong.
From the first day I started spiritual direction, I wanted to be a spiritual director myself.
She’s just a bear. A bear that did cocaine. It’s not her fault.
I attend a work conference to sell books the week before Thanksgiving. This year, the plan was that I was going to take the Amtrak down to my parents’ place in Chicago, and I would fly to San Antonio the next day. Since the train leaves at 6:00 a.m., I knew it was...
These five probably have the most scribbles of delight. So good! Make in June. Perfect for sick days.
“If my life can change,” Dan said with his actions and life, “so can yours.”
No one else can carry me to the finish line.
I want to be kind to the land where I live, to work alongside the more-than-human people in my community, as well as the human people in my community.
Rule number two of working with middle schoolers should be take at least two years of mandatory debate classes and maybe have a minor in Buddhist thought and practices.
I always found it strange at sleepovers when friends of mine would turn the lights off and fall asleep in near-absolute silence.
I can’t stop thinking about the more than 10,000 Palestinians who have been murdered in the past month.
I have lived most of my life embarrassed by the culture of being a girl.
My future seemed akin to typical Michigan weather: bright but cloudy.
I think everyone should be allowed to have a few things on their mind, so long as they get sorted out eventually.
It’s not the trailhead, or the campsite, or a vista, it’s the next blue paint on a tree, and you only find it if you keep walking.
My multiple Basketball Leadership Awards granted between grades 7 and 12 illustrate my natural leadership ability in a sporting context.
Homebrewing is a way for GMs to say to their players “I’m invested in what we’re making together. Let’s try something new.
She lets me kiss her side, an act I recognize in the moment as fleeting magic.
It’s 8:38 on a Friday night and I am nowhere near anything that can be described as “cool.”
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