Stella

In an effort to write more often, our professor assigned us to keep a journal of things we observe in our world. Based on Ross Gay's Book of Delights (which I HIGHLY recommend), we chose a word to focus on through writing mini essays every day. Given that the semester started in a polar vortex,... Continue Reading →

5:47 in North Beach

Photo by Eduardo Santos on Unsplash The semester has begun, and I'm already in love with my Groundings in Creative Nonfiction class. The reading list is a marvel within itself. A class of incredible writers to surround myself with doesn't hurt, either. Our first assignment was so much fun I decided to share! This piece... Continue Reading →

No.

I was scrolling through Pinterest again--somehow this often sparks me to write mental health pieces. But I saw this quote and thought, "Are you supposed to do all of these things in one day? The same day?" I've put an ungodly amount of work and therapy into learning how to cope with, recognize, and offset... Continue Reading →

20 in 2020: What I Read This Year

My goal at the beginning of the year was to read 25 books. With the short stories, quick bits of poetry, and half-finished books I couldn't stay awake through, I'd say I mostly hit it. Would I have read this many had a global pandemic not happened? Debatable. Today I'm only talking about the books... Continue Reading →

4am//4pm

4pm// The pending. Reach for coffee (“but it’s just a little one”). Sly and percolated, the idea of a nap. The nannies are tired. They wish their kids were too. 2am for the cardiologist beneath blackout curtains, forehead stamped with ownership from the face shield. Gently polishing wine glasses behind the bar with music blasting... Continue Reading →

The Cetaphil Commitment

Photo by ian dooley on Unsplash My take on the ManRepeller Writer’s Club Challenge The prompt: We want to hear about what you think is the most worthy/underrated/surprisingly useful commitment: the little thing you do that makes the biggest difference in your life. [February 8, 2020] I remember standing in the garage of my childhood home... Continue Reading →

Quarantine Notebook

Photo by Kenny karlys on UnsplashA window into these past few months. Written mostly in the spring.My personal holding pattern looks like waking up seven minutes before work, afternoon naps on the couch, wandering around Trader Joe’s with no plan, and drinking a beer in the shower while listening to “clubby” music.It’s one of those times... Continue Reading →

Unlocking Your Inner Child

Photo courtesy of Pauline Loroy (@paulinel) on Unsplash “So when you realise you’ve gone a few weeks and haven’t felt that awful struggle of your childish self — you’ll know you’ve gone some weeks without meeting a new challenge, and without growing, and that you’ve gone some weeks towards losing touch with yourself.” –Ted Hughes in a letter... Continue Reading →

City Guide: Minneapolis

Photo by Weston MacKinnon on Unsplash Ah, the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Minnesota is often overlooked as an ice-desert nestled in the flyover states. And that’s fine — us locals like it that way. As our beloved Prince once said, “I like the cold weather — it keeps the bad people away.” The Minneapolis and St. Paul area is small... Continue Reading →

Coffee Table Dinner Parties

Photo courtesy of Marcus Nilsson | @pissinginthepunchbowl on Instagram We hurt and we burn and we bloom, and also wonder off to the side why they seem to have it more figured out than us. We sit on pillows and cross our legs on the hand-me-down rug around the coffee table. Drinking organic white wine... Continue Reading →

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