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Five Things

The person I want to be asks for what they need. I’m getting there.

Photo: Jasmin Merdan

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I’m less afraid of deadlines now that I don’t believe they offer any particular insight into my worth as a human being. That’s a new feeling. I mean, I’ve known it was true for much longer than I’ve felt sure. Teaching myself to do things differently — to see myself…

Five Things

We can’t always help what speaks to our hearts

Taken by me at Midland Antiques in Indianapolis, IN

Five Things is a weekly essay of five short thoughts inspired by my own life and observances now that I’ve moved back home to Indiana after years of living in New York.

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When I have nightmares, I sweat in my sleep…

Five Things

Why did I want a birthday cake I didn’t want to have to eat?

Photo Taken by Me on Whidbey Island

Five Things is a weekly essay of five short thoughts inspired by my own life and observances now that I’ve moved back home to Indiana after years of living in New York.

One.

Desperate for a sanity-maintaining joyous task, I started looking for my birthday cake this week. The actual day…

Five Things

I only want to be where I’m wanted

Photo taken by me from my hotel in Miami

Five Things is a weekly essay of five short thoughts inspired by my own life and observances now that I’ve moved back home to Indiana after years of living in New York.

One.

Naming what I want, and actually following through, feels like I’ve gotten away with something. It’s fascinating how…

Five Things

There are all kinds of conflicts, and they’re not all mine to solve. Who knew?!

Five of Wands, Photo by Me

Five Things is a weekly essay of five short thoughts inspired by my own life and observances now that I’ve moved back home to Indiana after years of living in New York.

One.

I’m a hard sleeper, but that hasn’t always been true. For most of my childhood, I struggled to…

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History is public, but the past is personal

Drew Barrymore on the cover of the August 1998 issue of ‘Seventeen’ magazine in costume from the cinematic classic ‘Ever After.’

Five Things is a weekly essay of five short thoughts inspired by my own life and observances now that I’ve moved back home to Indiana after years of living in New York.

One.

Nothing about money was consistent when I was a child. So when my grandmother gave us an allowance…

Five Things

…belonging is another one.

Photo by me, taken in Austin, TX (2019)

Five Things is a weekly essay of five short thoughts inspired by my own life and observances now that I’ve moved back home to Indiana after years of living in New York.

One.

Earlier today I tweeted that every version of me I’ve been so far would be proud of who…

Five Things

Who knows what I’ll do next?

The last photo I took in Manhattan pre-quarantine

Five Things is a weekly essay of five short thoughts inspired by my own life and observances. Here are five things I’ve considered since Joe Biden was elected President of the United States of America.

One.

Buying a house.

Two.

Having a baby.

Three.

Running naked through the forest. (Except for airpods playing…

Five Things

Who knew you could miss the smell of a rogue skunk?

Five Things is a weekly essay of five short thoughts inspired by my own life and observances now that I’m preparing to move back home to Indiana after years of living in New York.

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I’ve spent the last month preparing for the move from Brooklyn to Indianapolis, but didn’t stop…

Five Things

Death makes up most of what I think about these days

Moody photo of the ocean on the left & apartment buildings on the right, separated by a strip of sandy beach at Coney Island.
Taken by me at Coney Island on Christmas Day 2015

Five Things is a weekly essay of five short thoughts inspired by my own life and observances.

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It took me so long to write this first post because I don’t want to talk or write about death, but death makes up most of what I think about these days. I’m…

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