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Lived Through This

We all need a witness, even in our darkest moments

Photo: Thomas Winz / Getty Images


I’m beginning to suspect that ‘introvert’ is not…


This Is Us

What it’s like to mourn the living

Watercolor-like illustration of a person standing on a snowy field with their back to the viewer, watching the sun set over a cluster of trees on the horizon.
Watercolor-like illustration of a person standing on a snowy field with their back to the viewer, watching the sun set over a cluster of trees on the horizon.
Image: Alice Popkorn via Flickr/CC BY 2.0


Here is what will happen in the first year of the pandemic

Woman holding a drink at a bar alone.
Woman holding a drink at a bar alone.
Photo: Erik Witsoe/EyeEm/Getty Images


Humans 101

Lessons for a life well-lived

Watercolor illustration of a person standing on a colorful globe holding a globe.
Watercolor illustration of a person standing on a colorful globe holding a globe.
Illustration: Benjavisa/Getty Images


This Is Us

Maybe we’re all a bit like my shelter dog Murphy — we’re just trying to protect ourselves

Illustration: Draden Ferguson


This Is Us

I don’t forgive her — but I learned to set my own boundaries and live my life

Photo: (L) My mother and me circa 1984, (R) Mara Hobel and Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest, 1981


Humans 101

Life becomes less devastating when you learn to celebrate the tough stuff

Illustration: Nunny/RawPixel


This Is Us

The old me is gone, and I’m learning to let the light back in

Photo of a sunset taken from behind glass with rain drops on it. There are three trees in the foreground, silhouetted by the sun.
Photo of a sunset taken from behind glass with rain drops on it. There are three trees in the foreground, silhouetted by the sun.
Photo: Jacqueline Dooley


Humans 101

Our culture’s fear of laziness is destroying us

Black and white photo of a cat resting on a ledge.
Black and white photo of a cat resting on a ledge.
Photo: Iván C. Fajardo/Unsplash

1. The laziness lie

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