On Reading

By Cirtnecce For all of my adult life, there are certain questions, that I have been repeatedly asked – How can you read the same book twice? or How can you spend hours on end of your time reading the same book again? And the best question of them all Do you not get bored…

Collecting Birthdays

By James Weber Age is only a number, or so I keep telling myself, and anyone who will listen. I sure thought 52 was old when I was much younger but it seems like, well, just me. I notice things now that I surely took for granted long and not-so-long ago. Some days can simply…

This Biking Thing

By Stefanie Hollmichel When I first looked at my face in the mirror after my fall, scraped and bloody chin, bloody and oozing upper lip, two chipped teeth, I wondered why I keep doing this biking thing. Why do I put myself at risk for much worse than what had just happened? This wasn’t my…

Life’s Little Pleasures

By Deepika Ramesh 2015 was dark. The Solar System didn’t lose the Sun, English didn’t kick out the word hope, and the Dementors didn’t kiss me. But, my 10-year-old marriage plummeted. My 12-year-old dog passed away. And, I quit my dream job. My battle with anxiety and depression began. Quite ironically, when some of it…

I Really Am Not a Rebel!

By Cirtnecce I am not a rebel, really I am not. I never had any intentions nor did I go out of my way to be the rebel. It just seemed to have come about. Let me explain – as a child in the very traditional society of India, I was expected to fit in…

Becoming My Own Parent

By Sarrah J. Woods I am blessed but also cursed with an excessively driven mind. One night while I was lying in bed and trying to turn my brain off enough to fall asleep, I happened to ask myself this question out of curiosity: “Do I have any really deep fears, the way some people…