The darkest days of the year and the dark night of the soul

You know people who talk about the dark night of the soul? Yeah, that. It doesn't just exist in fiction. I try not to complain. I'm naturally an optimist. But 2015 has been an incredibly difficult year. I've lost several people, not to death, but to change. I don't know which is harder, honestly. I … Continue reading The darkest days of the year and the dark night of the soul

Emotional Hypothermia, Part 4: October

Continued from Part 3 You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness Like resignation to the end, always the end... - Gotye, Somebody I Used To Know October, it's not your fault. But I really don't like you anymore. Depression hits me hardest in October and January. Summer's buzz fades, and my dreams … Continue reading Emotional Hypothermia, Part 4: October

Where have all the ribbons gone? | How Americans remember those who died during 9/11

Thirteen years is long enough for memory to grow stale. But it can’t erase video footage. For twelve years, I have remembered 9/11 by reliving it. I planted dozens of flags with the College Republicans on campus until my thumbs blistered, I viewed dramatizations with my family, I held the steel beam of the World … Continue reading Where have all the ribbons gone? | How Americans remember those who died during 9/11