The air is cool this morning, but I still have the summer blanket on the bed. I pull the fleece close to me, trying to conserve the heat within my blanket cocoon, when the alarm on my phone starts blaring. It screeches and insists I type in a pattern to silence the cacophony, but none of this truly stirs me from my slumber. I’ve silenced … Continue reading What Becomes of the Brokenhearted?
Given the choice, I’ll always opt for music over talking when I’m driving alone, but when Kelly and I ride together I have her pick out podcasts, of which she is a connoisseur. (It feels kind of fancy, to be honest, like I have a personal podcast curator.) Today, Kelly asked me if I wanted to listen to a series called “Doctor Death” that followed … Continue reading The Men Who Shout
When I was in 6th grade, a classmate was having a big birthday bash to which it seemed everyone was invited. We’ll call her Kayla. It was still summer vacation and I ran into my best friend at the beach. She asked me if I was going to Kayla’s birthday party and I told her I hadn’t received an invitation. “Oh you’re invited!” my friend … Continue reading Invited
“Do you understand what self-deprecation means when it come from somebody who already exists in the margins? It’s not humility, it’s humiliation. I put myself down in order to speak, in order to seek permission to speak…” –Hannah Gadsby When I saw “Nanette” for the first time and I heard Hannah speak these words, it was as though someone had put a large bell over … Continue reading Permission
SPOILERS for the following movies/TV shows: Rent, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 6), Orange is the New Black (season 4), Fullmetal Alchemist (any) If you’ve ever wondered, “Why do all my favorite characters in media die?” then this post is for you. Are you familiar with the “Bury Your Gays” trope? In short, it’s a trope where the gay character in a piece of media … Continue reading Bury your Best
Everyone can use a helping hand from time to time, right? So when you see someone in need, you just rush up and help them! Nothing could be simpler! Except… There is an importance in offering, in asking, in obtaining consent before you simply do what you think needs to be done. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting that we need to ask … Continue reading The Importance of Offering