Join Something; Don’t Apologize
We need one another in order to be brave.
Katie is a doctoral student in English and education at the University of Michigan. She loves the New York Times crossword puzzle, advice columns, oceans, and dogs of all kinds.
by Katie Van Zanen | Jul 16, 2022 | 11 comments
We need one another in order to be brave.
by Katie Van Zanen | Jun 16, 2022 | 14 comments
I am grateful to be a daughter of Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church because it matters still, to see so many people who care about the things that so deeply trouble me in the world and in the church.
by Katie Van Zanen | May 16, 2022 | 4 comments
The older I get, the more I watch women around me trying desperately to get pregnant, after being told for years that “it only takes one time,” that it would ruin you.
by Katie Van Zanen | Apr 16, 2022 | 0 comments
I thought, as I often do these days, about how deeply weird the whole thing is.
by Katie Van Zanen | Mar 16, 2022 | 1 comment
We drove past house after house set high on pillars to protect from future hurricane storm surges.
by Katie Van Zanen | Feb 16, 2022 | 2 comments
You’ll see where this is going. The whole plants-as-metaphor thing is tired, I know, but it’s potent.
by Katie Van Zanen | Jan 16, 2022 | 5 comments
Perhaps I and myself might solve this problem together in a more productive way if we collaborate.
by Katie Van Zanen | Dec 16, 2021 | 4 comments
Does it do anything but make me small and sad?
by Katie Van Zanen | Nov 16, 2021 | 1 comment
I like imagining an entire life from a list of names, suggesting weeks and weeks of research team meetings and emails and happy hours.
by Katie Van Zanen | Oct 16, 2021 | 1 comment
We begin the same way.
by Katie Van Zanen | Sep 16, 2021 | 4 comments
Everything I tried on made me look like either a couch or a backup dancer.
by Katie Van Zanen | Aug 16, 2021 | 1 comment
I am managing internal and external chaos by running until I’m really, really tired.
by Katie Van Zanen | Jul 25, 2021 | 8 comments
It must explain everything or it explains nothing.
by Katie Van Zanen | Jun 25, 2021 | 1 comment
Was she ever deterred?
by Katie Van Zanen | May 25, 2021 | 3 comments
I dislike going down hills (it’s too fast) and up them (it’s too hard), and also, biking makes my butt hurt.
by Katie Van Zanen | Apr 25, 2021 | 4 comments
I wish I could care less—it feels like a luxury.
by Katie Van Zanen | Mar 25, 2021 | 4 comments
You are not helping by pretending you can do it if you can’t, Katie.
by Katie Van Zanen | Feb 25, 2021 | 2 comments
“That’s who you’ve always been. You were always into that stuff.”
by Katie Van Zanen | Jan 25, 2021 | 12 comments
If you’re really interested in other people having babies, you could channel your energies into advocating for affordable childcare.
by Katie Van Zanen | Dec 25, 2020 | 1 comment
I don’t have Christmas cheer to offer.
by Katie Van Zanen | Nov 25, 2020 | 2 comments
Like everything magical, though, the airship project was riddled with realities.
by Katie Van Zanen | Oct 25, 2020 | 5 comments
But writing about my anger also moved me to remember that there are no clean lines to be drawn here between villains and heroes.
by Katie Van Zanen | Sep 25, 2020 | 23 comments
Does it matter that this particular person voting for a corrupt, anti-democratic, avowedly racist and misogynist leader is also a “prayer warrior” and a “champion of the faith”?
by Katie Van Zanen | Aug 25, 2020 | 8 comments
On good days, I think about John and that chalkboard and the dog under the lectern and I remember the joy of learning new things and the inexhaustible opportunities the world presents for just that.
by Katie Van Zanen | Jul 25, 2020 | 8 comments
The very hard thing I am learning right now—about race, and about myself—is that the rules I have been living by are not very good ones.
by Katie Van Zanen | Jun 25, 2020 | 4 comments
This is not an anti-racist reading list, per se.
by Katie Van Zanen | May 25, 2020 | 2 comments
Moral courage and curiosity means listening to yourself: where did this idea come from? Why am I moved to defend it?
by Katie Van Zanen | Apr 25, 2020 | 3 comments
But I will say that—for me—being confined to my home has sometimes felt liberating in a small and quiet way.
by Katie Van Zanen | Mar 25, 2020 | 8 comments
It’s tempting, as the writer, to make a trite connection here to challenges I have previously risen to (a potentially boring speech about crossword puzzles).
by Katie Van Zanen | Feb 25, 2020 | 4 comments
I feel like I was sold a story of America, and a story of my people and who we were, and it turns out that it was mostly a lie,