‘’I Don’t Have an Eating Disorder, I’m Just Obsessed with Health’’ and Other Lies I Told Myself

One bite of a sandwich? Write it down. An extra piece of fruit? That’s okay, I’ll be at the gym for at least an hour later. Do these pants fit yet? No, but I’ll give myself two more weeks to get into them. Not long ago, being ‘healthy’ was on my mind 95% of the …

Nurture Under Arrest

In high school, a series of sexual harassment incidents occurred involving my English teacher. Ten years ago, he was released early on good behavior. He spent a mere sixteen months in jail for luring a 17-year-old into a prolonged sexual relationship.  The first victim was my friend's sister, and soon after, several others came forward. …

Imprinted

Before I left my study-abroad home in Madrid, Spain, I took a series of photos. These pictures felt odd to take, because I already had the images memorized in my mind. I decided to take these photos as a keepsake of the pictures that would inevitably fade with time. My bedroom, the walk to the …

Present on the Trail (SOL Day 31)

Hiking brings me into the present moment, effortlessly. Unlike taking a walk, where I can easily lose myself in the conversation, hiking keeps me viscerally present. Every step is taken with care, dodging a rock or choosing the best footing. I am aware of every feeling that arises: tightness in my ankle, discomfort from the …

The Space Where I Learn

A reverso is a poem with two halves. In a reverso, the second half reverses the lines from the first half, with changes only in punctuation and capitalization — and it has to say something completely different from the first half. http://www.readbrightly.com/reverso-poetry-writing-verse-reverse/ My class creates a long day. Time alone is scare. Dealing with drama: easier …