Web Miscellany: Compilation #18

Hey you! I hope you've had a lovely week. It's so hard to believe that September is already upon us. Do you have anything eventful or exciting going on in your world? A huge tree collapsed outside my front door and its chirpy inhabitants have sadly moved on. I've been lonely lately, and thus spend... Continue Reading →

How To Ask For A Favor

Have you even needed help from a family member or advice from a friend but didn't know how to ask for it? Many people, myself include, spent way to much time contemplating what to say and playing out potential responses before working up the nerve to ask for help. This is especially common when we... Continue Reading →

Lessons From The Heart

The heart is a wondrous, mighty thing-- a splintered orb circling its crooked axis, sending off a blitz of encrypted messages. In blimps, codes and point-blank, it won't stop telling us what we need to hear. The heart echos it's directive-- it keeps returning to the same thing. This has been a season of tumultuous... Continue Reading →

The Other “C” Word

Cancer is rampant in the world and in the media. Nearly all of us have been affected, whether personally diagnosed, supporting a loved one, or watching a friend's battle on social media. It's scary and it's disarming. And yet, it's a topic that comes up in the news and conversation. People understand, even to the... Continue Reading →

A Hundred Different Diseases

After completing my sixteen-week trial run on a high-dose anti-fungal medication with no improvement, I asked my infectious disease doctor what our treatment plan would be moving forward. I could hear a small sigh over the phone before she replied, "For every 100 people I diagnosis with valley fever, I encounter 100 different diseases. The... Continue Reading →

Sammy The Saboteur

In spring 2015, I was diagnosed with valley fever and pneumonia. I was on bed rest for over a month, during which my boyfriend picked up the habit of scrunching up his forehead and saying, "I think you're losing it, dear." He would smile, kiss my forehead, and shush me as I rambled on about... Continue Reading →

Intentions and Expectaions

As a child, I loved playing with my brother's wooden train tracks. I was particularly interested in the switches--those forks in the road that allowed the train to either continue forward or swerve to the right. As I would guide the wooden train down the path, the wheels would occasionally catch on the wrong grooves.... Continue Reading →

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