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Panic Attacks and Little Debbies

September 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

I need to be more transparent. I need to stop glossing it over. I need to stop posting about a life that is edited with filters and lighting. I need to tell more people that [...]

Finding the Humor in Chronic Illness

September 5, 2019 // 0 Comments

Being chronically ill sucks. Bottom line. It’s not fun. Or funny. Or enjoyable. But… there are moments that make me laugh. The absurdity of it all can turn an [...]

Dreams of Lemon Meringue Pie

August 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

My father grew up in an abandoned house in Pālama, one of the less reputable parts of Honolulu. He didn’t even wear shoes until middle school, which was mostly fine [...]

Cleo the Miracle Cat

August 11, 2019 // 1 Comment

November 8, 2018 started out as any ordinary work day. The weather had been warm for November, and I was bemoaning this fact, as I am a cool weather person. I’d woken up [...]

Overheard in the Coffee Shop

August 6, 2019 // 1 Comment

Content warning: suicide My name is not Alan Smithee. Unlike the Hollywood directors who ran from their projects, I want to attach my name to this post. I just can’t. There [...]

It’s Not A Rant, It’s My Reality

August 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

Content warning: suicide, loss Ever notice when we get completely worked up and really want to express what affects us deeply, we call it a rant? I’ve had rants before. [...]

How Tattoos Tell Our Stories

July 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

I used to have a bumper sticker—fortunately, never affixed to my car’s bumper—that read, “tattoos: not just for sailors and whores anymore.” The sex worker-shaming [...]

Some Women Just Don’t Want Kids

June 26, 2019 // 2 Comments

One of the most annoying things about being a woman who doesn’t have children is that everyone is constantly asking you if or when you’re going to have children. I’m 34 [...]
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