Magical Moments on a Park Swing, or Why My Memoir is a Coming-of-age Story

Do you remember adolescence? You remember the angst, probably. You remember the awkwardness, the unrequited love, the rage you felt toward your parents, the acne. But do you remember those crazy beautiful moments? How all it took to feel like you were at the edge of the world was the right song on the radio, your foot on the gas and your hand out the window? How all the powerlessness you felt day-to-day melted away and all of a sudden you felt like you could do anything? Remember how you’d read a poem, or watch a movie, and there’d be a … Continue Reading »»

That’s Good Enough For Today: Anxiety

Sometimes the anxiety comes and seizes me and I feel so small against it. Something little will trigger it, a worry about the future, a regret of the past, a disappointment in the present – and out of nowhere I’m having to practice Lamaze breathing in the middle of Starbucks. Once it descends, I can’t seem to shake it. I practice positive self-talk, exercise, smiling, talking through it, prayer, aromatherapy, and warm baths, all which offer varying degrees of relief. But the dull physical sensation doesn’t go away, sometimes for hours, sometimes for days. Some of you will know what … Continue Reading »»