I’m Keeping My Rage. So Stop Sending Me “Unity” Memes.

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My inbox and Twitter feed are awash in “love trumps hate” memes and videos gushing that there’s only one race — the human race. My white friends, especially, are sending me stylized Michelle Obama quotes and John Lennon songs and cute puppies playing in the sun. Red, yellow, black and ...

Travel Buddy

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As a woman who enjoys traveling solo, I never gave much thought to finding a travel buddy until I met Cecelia. Stranded by bad weather in the Toronto airport, we were both struggling to get comfortable for a floor nap. She was my exact opposite: tall, quiet and neatly dressed. ...

Turkey Tails

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“Give me the turkey tail!” my father would yell from the head of the table, and I would leap to slice off the fatty, juicy, tender stub at the tail end of our Thanksgiving bird. “That butt is mine!” he would chortle, sending my mother into fits of giggles. Our guests — ...

The Artist’s Way

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“Art isn’t just a way for me to express my creativity,” says Antonia “Toni” Ruppert. “It’s a way to connect and engage with the community.” Toni fulfilled a lifelong dream this summer, when she was selected to complete a summer art residency in Italy. The JSS International School in Civita Castellana, ...

Foolproof Cure for a (Writing) Hangover

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You’ve been binge writing again, haven’t you? No point in denying it — it’s as clear as the nose on your pasty, unwashed face. You’ve been gushing hundreds, maybe thousands, of words at a time. You’re way over your limit, your tolerance isn’t what it used to be, and — is ...

The Writer’s Retreat

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This 2014 illustration from artist and cartoonist Grant Snider, sums it up perfectly. Check out my new stories on ThriveGlobal: Magic Beans - Planting the Seeds of Change On Medium: A Chunk of Time (Write a Novel in 15 minute Bites) Reclaiming My Writer's Voice (It Wasn't Writer's Block. Just Laryngitis.) And Coming Soon ... The ...