Long Reads

This Is What It’s Like To Visit Your Boyfriend In Federal Prison

Photo by Steve Halama on Unsplash

My life plan hadn’t included me — as a 19-year-old, third-year college student — visiting the love of my life in federal prison. 
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The One Thing Lupus Took From Me That I Don't Miss At All

I learned to hide my lupus diagnosis as if it were a crime. (Photo by Jurica Koletić on Unsplash)

I learned to hide my lupus diagnosis as if it were a crime. I became skilled in the art of misdirection.

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Why Are You So Sensitive?

Photo by Jonatán Becerra on Unsplash

The echo. It’s there. It’s what women are told. We’re too sensitive, too emotional; we’re overreacting. Why can’t we be rational, reasonable?

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Daisies Grow Through The Cracks: Losing A Friend To Suicide

So many times in life, Daisy grew through the cracks, through what seemed like impossible obstacles.

I knew before I truly knew. When the icon revealing the new Facebook message from Daisy’s brother flashed on my screen, my heart fell to my feet.

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When Grief Turns Superstition Into Compulsion

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Superstition ruled my mind. More than I realized. I had no idea, within hours, there’d be no child to mother. And then he was gone. And we were childless.

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The First Girl: On The Loss Of Friendship 

Photo Credits: Marnie Goodfriend

There is no support or safety net to break one’s fall when friendships fade or split apart. There's not an acceptable period of isolation.

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Taxi Dancer: Giving Myself Away, One Song At A Time

And with that, I became a Taxi Dancer. Ten cents a dance, that's what they pay me.

I did it for the money, sure, but also out of a strange mixture of boredom, perversion, and self-abnegation. Giving myself away, one song at a time.

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How Growing Up Russian And Cuban Made Me An American

“We are moving to America,” they told me.

I landed at Miami International Airport knowing nothing other than that my Cuban father and Russian mother had decided to move our family there.

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Real Teacher, Fake Dinosaur Quarry 

At first, every time the quarry had a group scheduled, the same level of panic would hit all over again.

I walk out onto our fake dinosaur quarry, and watch in fear as a line of second graders get ready to witness my first time delivering the lesson.

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When Veterans Come Home: My Grandfather And His Demons

World War II veterans suffered acutely at the hands of a society intent on a single conformist vision of life that did not include mental illness. (Image of Pat courtesy of the author.)

I'm trying to unearth the secrets of my grandfather’s story of when veterans come home. I'm looking at what happened to the men of WW ll.

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