Human Parts
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I’ve always assumed the right to change my body. With the fall of Roe v. Wade, my daughter won’t have that right.

One of many possible futures. Photo by Bigjom Jom on Shutterstock.

I’ve been thinking, lately, about who I’ve allowed to change my body. I don’t wear a wedding ring, though my husband wears his; I don’t like jewelry. It’s uncomfortable, and I always lose it. I have a tattoo of a rose on my forearm, which I got the day after…


Reflections on ‘success’ as an author

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What is a book?

I’ve been asking friends and colleagues this question for months. My second book proposal was turned down earlier in the year with a near-universal refrain of “we can’t figure out how to market it,” and afterward, I took a serious look at the pinnacle of achievement…


How discovering I have aphantasia has changed the way I see the world, my work, and the power of the mind

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My name is Casey Lawrence, and I am a writer with aphantasia.

From the prefix a- meaning “without,” and the Greek root word phantasia, meaning “imagination,” aphantasia describes people who lack the ability to produce mental images. When I close my eyes, I see static — not pictures. Until I…

Her applications got no response, so I asked her to let me rewrite her resume.

Christl dancing outside our duplex, circa 1981, with the ’68 Dart in the background. Photo: Gerald Grow

By 1981, our son was ready to go to preschool to be with friends, and Christl was ready for a job that would allow her to get out of the house and be around adults.

Christl was so smart and disciplined that she could do almost anything. But in her…

This Is Us

I’ve been fighting a losing battle with the world’s Ben Davises for decades.

photo from Ben Davis’s page

If you Google me, my name auto-fills with ‘pants’. The first thing people want to know is whether I fit like ‘Dickies.’ I have an uncle named Dickie so there is a small chance this is a misguided fan with deep knowledge of my family and poor grammar. …

Sometimes it’s about the simple pleasures

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I never had the nicest bike. I don’t really remember the brand or the color. My friends had dirt bikes with fancy matte finishes and front and rear pegs. We’d ride them constantly. On the move from one yard to another. A game of Wiffle or some two-hand touch. Sometimes…

Human Parts

A publication from Medium about humanity: yours, mine, and ours.

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