• Photo courtesy of Anne Peterson / Flickr.
    April 17, 2014

    How to Dump Someone

    Dating these days has become an ugly, ugly thing. People dumping people left and right without tact or remorse. That’s why I loved Jillian’s a...
  • Photo courtesy of Eddi / flickr.
    April 10, 2014

    Convalescence

    When I was 19, my first love tried to kill himself. I didn’t even know what broke him. And I never found out, though I had spent the few months....
  • Connections
    April 7, 2014

    Connections

    Artist Spotlight: Art has always been my safe haven, something I do away from the prying eyes of society. I’ve always kept my art secret, for i...
  • pixlr
    April 3, 2014

    Here’s How Not to be a Feminist

    Odd as it may sound, I made a commitment a while back to party more often. I don’t mean the bleary-eyed, half-way conscious “rager”, kind of par...
  • music
    March 31, 2014

    Art, Uninvited

    I have a confession to make: I was a music major. I did all the music major things – I spent most of my college life in rehearsals, in practice...
  • Photo courtesy of Angel Rodriguez-Ray / flickr.
    March 27, 2014

    Yes, I love God. No, I’m not an idiot

    I’ve always envied people with spiritual certainty. See, I was raised in an unquestionably Christian household—my parents were compassionate, givi...
  • kathy
    March 24, 2014

    We’re Both Brown—That Doesn’t Make...

      I’ve never been very patriotic. I often worked to distance myself from various aspects of American policy and society and, as my awareness of...
  • Thereaa
    March 20, 2014

    Why I Choose to Wear a Headscarf

      It was sudden. I was walking past a few morose sheep to my host family’s and then, I was burning. Shut in my room, I tore off my clothing:......
  • Photo courtesy of Seranya Photography
    March 17, 2014

    Maybe Other People’s Lives DonR...

    As it turns out, turning twenty didn’t actually make me much less like a teenager. At 18, I really did think of myself as discerning and astute. I h...
  • j bear image
    March 13, 2014

    Winter / Minneapolis / 2014

    I am wearing noise-cancelling headphones in my neighborhood café, and I feel accommodated by the little Gs and Vs all over the menu, even though I’...
  • sil2
    March 6, 2014

    How We Disappoint Our Parents

      Every time my dad softens his voice like he’s coming down with a cold, I know the question’s coming. “Heard from your brother lately?” ...
  • alizas
    February 27, 2014

    I Am an Unemployed Adult-Child

    I’ve been out of college for almost a year now, and I’m still unemployed. I try not to think about this too much, because it puts me in a ...
  • blurb2
    February 20, 2014

    Why We May Never Be Happy

      Sometimes I really can’t wait to be a thirty-something. Every day there is a tidal wave of articles, lists, and charming videos about how fan...
  • Photo courtesy of M J M/flickr.
    February 13, 2014

    The Day the Music Died

    I’m going to be honest—more honest than most people would advise; after all this is the Internet, and anything I say here will last until the coll...
  • Thomasimage2
    January 30, 2014

    Why I Was Grateful to Work For Free

    At nine o’ clock on Friday night I got a call from work. “Don’t answer that,” my girlfriend said immediately. I agonized over it for a couple ...
  • Photo courtesy of soda.film berlin / flickr
    January 23, 2014

    How to Get Dumped (Gracefully)

    Though it’s a weird thing to brag about, I am really good at being rejected. From college into the post-grad twenties, there are lots of dating oppo...
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    January 16, 2014

    Millennials: Turn on, Tune in, Get out

    “Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation.” “The Go-Nowhere Generation.” “Selfie-Taking, Status-Updating, Over-Sharing Millennials…” Tha...
  • Photo courtesy of Chris Hoare / Flickr.
    January 10, 2014

    How to Judge a Beggar

      I should have budgeted white guilt into my stipend. I’m spending about as much on transportation as I am on the feeling that my paltry handou...
  • Photo courtesy of gillicious / flickr.
    January 3, 2014

    Why I Was a Closeted Muslim

    I still stumble when someone asks me for my name. “Nur” means “Light of God,” in Arabic. It’s a very Muslim name—in fa...
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    January 3, 2014

    “No Offense, But…”: Co...

    Last summer, I began working at a coffee shop—much to the chagrin of my parents and the bewilderment of my friends. After all, I have a very expensi...
Photo courtesy of Anne Peterson / Flickr.
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How to Dump Someone

Dating these days has become an ugly, ugly thing. People dumping people left and right without tact or remorse. That’s why I loved Jillian’s article on dealing with rejection and…

Photo courtesy of Eddi / flickr.
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Convalescence

When I was 19, my first love tried to kill himself. I didn’t even know what broke him. And I never found out, though I had spent the few months…

Connections
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Odd as it may sound, I made a commitment a while back to party more often. I don’t mean the bleary-eyed, half-way conscious “rager”, kind of party—just, you know, leave…

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I have a confession to make: I was a music major. I did all the music major things – I spent most of my college life in rehearsals, in practice…

Photo courtesy of Angel Rodriguez-Ray / flickr.
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Yes, I love God. No, I’m not an idiot

I’ve always envied people with spiritual certainty. See, I was raised in an unquestionably Christian household—my parents were compassionate, giving, and disciplined in their belief. We went to mass every…

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We’re Both Brown—That Doesn’t Make Us Sisters

  I’ve never been very patriotic. I often worked to distance myself from various aspects of American policy and society and, as my awareness of the ugly, hidden side of…

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Why I Choose to Wear a Headscarf

  It was sudden. I was walking past a few morose sheep to my host family’s and then, I was burning. Shut in my room, I tore off my clothing:…

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Maybe Other People’s Lives Don’t Matter

As it turns out, turning twenty didn’t actually make me much less like a teenager. At 18, I really did think of myself as discerning and astute. I had it…

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Winter / Minneapolis / 2014

I am wearing noise-cancelling headphones in my neighborhood café, and I feel accommodated by the little Gs and Vs all over the menu, even though I’m just drinking espresso. I…

sil2
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How We Disappoint Our Parents

  Every time my dad softens his voice like he’s coming down with a cold, I know the question’s coming. “Heard from your brother lately?” I used to lie about…

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I Am an Unemployed Adult-Child

I’ve been out of college for almost a year now, and I’m still unemployed. I try not to think about this too much, because it puts me in a state…

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Why We May Never Be Happy

  Sometimes I really can’t wait to be a thirty-something. Every day there is a tidal wave of articles, lists, and charming videos about how fantastic it is to be…

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The Day the Music Died

I’m going to be honest—more honest than most people would advise; after all this is the Internet, and anything I say here will last until the collapse of our society….

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Why I Was Grateful to Work For Free

At nine o’ clock on Friday night I got a call from work. “Don’t answer that,” my girlfriend said immediately. I agonized over it for a couple of seconds before…

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Important

How to Get Dumped (Gracefully)

Though it’s a weird thing to brag about, I am really good at being rejected. From college into the post-grad twenties, there are lots of dating opportunities, and often my…

millenials post!
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Millennials: Turn on, Tune in, Get out

“Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation.” “The Go-Nowhere Generation.” “Selfie-Taking, Status-Updating, Over-Sharing Millennials…” Thank goodness I’m an avid reader of print media, otherwise I never would have known I was…

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How to Judge a Beggar

  I should have budgeted white guilt into my stipend. I’m spending about as much on transportation as I am on the feeling that my paltry handouts have made a…

Photo courtesy of gillicious / flickr.
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Why I Was a Closeted Muslim

I still stumble when someone asks me for my name. “Nur” means “Light of God,” in Arabic. It’s a very Muslim name—in fact, one of the 99 names of Allah…

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