Personal Essay

CHEERS TO THAT
I once walked into a bar during happy hour, headed straight to the lone empty seat and was about to sit — when the guy to my right grabbed the stool and pulled it closer into himself.
MY BROTHER KUDZAI
Before I left on a three-week trip this summer, I had drinks with my brother Kudzai at Nacho Borracho. We sat at the bar. I ordered a glass of white wine; he had a Diet Coke. When the drinks were served, we clinked glasses in honor of his big achievement: He had just quit his low-paying job and was about to begin classes at Seattle University's law school. That day, Wednesday, June 12, he had...
TWO-IN-ONE

I’d always resisted the idea that parenting involves a love deeper than any love you’ve ever felt before, and some part of me wanted to give birth just so I could argue against that belief, just so I could say: This love isn’t deeper, just different.

'HE COULD HAVE BEEN ANYONE'

At age thirty-two, after years working as an exotic dancer, the daughter of a mysteriously absentee father finally puts together the pieces that had been missing her whole life.

RISK, REWARD AND RIDING

There are mountains of evidence suggesting cycling increases longevity, but sometimes, I can’t help but hypothesize: It’s safer to never ride a bike at all.

SPILLING INK

“I can feel my brain changing.” Those were the first words I wrote in what would eventually become a continuous journal spanning thousands of pages and dozens of notebooks. It was the middle of the night, and after I jotted the thought down, I added, “Is it permanent?”

VIGNETTES ABOUT AGING GRACEFULLY (?)

This diet plan requires that you eat whatever you want whenever you want to eat it, and declare yourself beautiful. We’re not going to lie — it’s really hard.

THE CUP RUNNETH OVER

When I was 15, I had a complicated open-heart surgery for a lifelong defect. Afterward, I had to divide the white board in my hospital room into two columns: one labeled “I” for input, the other labeled “O” for output. Everything I drank, down to the sip, had to be counted in CCs and thrown up on the board.

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