Sometimes I thought of it as war reparations. On the outwardly civil but quietly vicious battlefield of my parents' divorce, I had been the clear loser.
There are no spontaneous romantic trips abroad if you have a Kenyan passport. No whisking away to France for that perfect Parisian engagement, no eat-pray-love self-discovery in India on a moment's notice.
In 1920, when a baby was born under two pounds, the mother would be told, "Go home," as in, appreciate the brief span of this life outside the walls of this hospital.
I felt humiliated singing a song about honor when I could only feel shame. As I stood in yellowface, I had finally fulfilled my quest to become white.
Our lives are lived online, and to ask us to exist homogeneously across all platforms and networks as trackable subjects is a cruel twist of the internet's potential.
There will be as many different iterations of this storm, and the ones to come, as there are Houstonians. And we have to hear them — they're what will determine our map for the next one.
Remain forever hungry, or enjoy the tried-and-true? Sometimes, I learned, it’s okay to double down on the life you have.
When a work environment turns toxic, leaving can be the best option — even when you're in your dream job.
I have been afraid most days of my life, which is what anxiety is, and the months of this pregnancy have been the most anxious of my life.
Maybe telling ourselves we're balanced, that we're in control, is almost as good as the real thing.
On love as idea, labor and action, and how it is translated — and mistranslated — in the author's own life and relationships.
"I need a new way to eat," I say. The nutritionist nods and says, "You want to lose some weight while we're at it, right?"
Some advocate for always telling it like it is, but "radical honesty" is not necessarily the honest truth — and it does not affect everyone equally.
"When is disability humor appropriate and when isn't it?"
Figure skating was for pretty girls, girls with money. Lessons weren't just impossible for my family; they were several realms away from possible.
Many of us subconsciously believe there is only so much good allotted to us — so, when something good happens, watch out.
Nothing had changed from the night before—except for the certainty that everything had changed. Food as I had always known it was now in the past.
Bryan Washington on the places he's from, his lifelong dream of visiting Japan, and traveling while black.
I'm stockpiling sweaters because they signify refuge, collecting them like talismans though grief cannot be avoided.
"You were careless," the police officer tells me. "Girls like you have no business running down dark alleys."