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Learning to Slack

Published at Women in Higher Education on Dec. 3, 2018: I somehow learned that imperfection was failure. Things would be perfect or things would be ruined. There was no gray area in which to live.

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Believe Women

Published at Women in Higher Education on Nov. 1, 2018. Lately, I have returned to Lorde’s essay. I find that I need to remind myself that adopting silence won’t protect me from all the people, mostly men, who have hurt me, nor will silence erase the trauma I’ve endured at their hands. Silence, she reminds me, doesn’t […]

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“Safety Lights Are for Dudes”

Published at Women in Higher Education on October 3, 2018. More and more, the Ghostbusters reboot feels like a cautionary tale for our moment, pretending to be a fun movie with ghosts and slime. The original film gives us men as saviors, a tired trope, but the new film shows how dangerous and destructive aggrieved white men can […]

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On Writing and Depression

Published at Disability Acts on September 25, 2018. My hatred of everything, including myself, burned me from the inside out. All that was left was a shell of human being who had become very good at pretending nothing was wrong.

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The Persistent Hum of Anxiety

Published at Disability Acts on August 24, 2018. But, the hum was a little louder and a lot more demanding. I could no longer ignore the vibrations. I could no longer swat away that which was ailing me. The hum was now impossible to avoid, an unrelenting presence that forced me to pay attention.

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Simmering Anger

Published at Disability Acts on August 14, 2018. And the truth, if I’m going to be truthful, is that I feel it, the rage that simmers under the surface and sometimes erupts forth to overwhelm me.  

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