When I knew I was finally being allowed to transfer from the shitty high school I had attended in Gresham, Oregon for two years to have the privilege of riding transit an hour everyday to my new high school in Portland, I started writing stuff on my arms. With a solid five years of bullying […]Read more "On Vulnerability"
When I was eighteen I went to an alcohol-fueled party with some school friends, and I kissed and made out with someone for the first time. The boy in question was older than me, hence he was able to legally procure the half a dozen shitty coolers I was drunk on, and it was rumored […]Read more "What’s Really Behind “Middling Millennials”"
Fourteen months ago I wrote an essay that appeared on Gawker.com as a response to the Newtown shootings. I wanted people to know what it felt like to be shot while you were at elementary school, as I was subject to a drive-by shooting at my elementary school in 1995 orchestrated by teenagers—teenagers that actually […]Read more "Do Something About It"
Since October I have worked approximately, nine miles from my house and being without a driver’s license ordinarily hasn’t been a major stumbling block for me. However, somewhere between 2004 and now it feels like Trimet’s service has taken such a nosedive, that it seriously impacts my daily life trying to get from point A […]Read more "The Things I Won’t Miss On Trimet"
It’s such a cliché; you win some, you lose some. Last week my workweek started with what could be seen as one of the most depressing meetings I’ve ever been a part of in my life. Work weak. I got told a lot of things about my experience as a woman in the working world. […]Read more "The Portland Poverty Song in the Key of Privileged"
When Rich Peverley collapsed and had to be resuscitated in the tunnel behind the bench during the March 10th Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets NHL game, his extreme medical emergency didn’t just draw massive attention because everyone thought they’d just watched a hockey player die live on TV. It also set off an unprecedented […]Read more "The Real Game of Life"
It’s been less than a week since AWP 2014 wrapped this year in Seattle. The hangover is finally gone, my bags are finally unpacked and the list of books mentioned throughout the conference have been purchased. With a bit of distance from the debauchery, I present to you my AWP wrap-up, in a best of/worst […]Read more "An AWP Wrap-Up"
Step 1: Gaslight a seven year old. Step 2: Even when they’re grown up and recount the story of their abuse, tell them they’ve been brainwashed and could never have actually been abused. Step 3: When in doubt, blame the abuse accusation from a child on an adult woman (in this case, the mother), or […]Read more "Victim Blaming 101"
Madison Holleran was a 19-year old University of Pennsylvania student and a promising track star at her university, until a week ago, when she threw herself off a parking garage in Philadelphia. Many young adults commit suicide everyday, but interestingly Madison’s death was reported in cities where seemingly she had a very small, or even […]Read more "“Beautiful and Brainy”"
The Internet has been inundated this year with the same link-baiting articles about how to tell if you’re an introvert, how to handle your introvert loved one, what introverts are really thinking, which of your favorite dead celebrities were introverts, if introversion was a One Direction song which would it be and so on and […]Read more "Tell Them You’re An Introvert"