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I Know I’m the Only One

I Know I’m the Only One

I’m an athletically-gifted, lazy and overachieving kid all at once. How? I’m an only child. Crazy, right? I like to think that my mother felt I was too perfect and didn’t want to add another kid, but the truth burns like no other. She was in labor for 36 hours […]

Lessons Learned Under the Wild Blue Yonder
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Lessons Learned Under the Wild Blue Yonder

My father spent 21 years serving as a pilot in the United States Air Force. Yes, I guess that makes me an Air Force “brat.” That also makes my mom a military wife and my father a veteran. But looking back at the years spent waking up to my dad […]

Battling My Mother & Her Cancer

Battling My Mother & Her Cancer

We laughed for no reason. It’s like when twin siblings look at each other and they just know. We could never articulate what was so funny, but we laughed so hard that it would have been no surprise if we both peed our pants.   My mother and I experienced […]

Learning to Live Outside the Classroom

Learning to Live Outside the Classroom

I never dreamt my life would change so drastically after I unexpectedly took a few years away from university studies. In 2013, I ignored self-doubt and decided to explore my talents in music. Those years away from school saved me from spending unnecessary time pursuing dreams other than my own. […]

If I had the Chance
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If I had the Chance

Dear Mom, I don’t even know where to begin. It’s been 19 years since you passed away. Most days when I think about you, everything is fine. People can ask me about you and I tell them the facts. No emotions involved: My mom’s name was Laura; she had breast […]

A Letter to the Literary World
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A Letter to the Literary World

Dear world of books and authors, Thank you for always being there for me. Whenever I felt stressed from school, or simply needed to be entertained, you were the one friend I always turned to. No matter who the author was, all I had to do was open a book […]