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366 Days of Ofrendas

Today marks an entire year. That’s 365 days. Well, 366 actually, since this year was a leap year. Fuck that extra day. I wish it were fewer days. But more than that, I wish it was none at all. I … Read the rest

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Notes on Self-Worth

While I was on the bus today I searched the following phrase on Google:

how can I boost my self-worth

I read an article on it, a very long one, and it seemed vague and general at best. I also … Read the rest

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Your Shoulds and Should Nots

Lately, I’ve found myself in kind of a funk. I’m due to check in with my therapist soon, but in the meantime, I’m left to ponder what is going on internally. I won’t say this is the root of it … Read the rest

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Why I Changed My Name

“What’s in a name? That which we’d call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

That’s what Shakespeare said in Rom & Jul. His view? Names don’t matter, at least when it’s the case of your boyfriend … Read the rest

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A Letter on Your Birthday

It would be about a week ago that I’d have sent you something in the mail for your birthday. At the very least, a very excited text with a lot of caps and exclamation points would be arriving in your … Read the rest

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The Decade of Dále

Tomorrow morning, I will be nudged awake by my alarm, a song by Lata Mangeshkar, at 6:30 AM. Still dark out, I’ll put the kettle on to make some unbearably hot tea. I’ll put on my warmest sweater and bundle … Read the rest

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5 Ways to Survive the Holidays

When you’re grieving or otherwise a total mess

I have always loved Christmas. Unfortunately, I don’t come from a holiday-loving family. Don’t get me wrong, we celebrated. But it was never a huge deal. And honestly, it never felt homey. … Read the rest

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The 4 Steps to Becoming a Queen

When you think about your favorite childhood movies, which ones stick out in your mind? I’ve got a standard cache of animated films, Disney classics, and anime, but one I have treasured most is To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Read the rest

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Updates to the Playlist of Life

It’s been a little bit since my last post. I’ve been hung up on writing because I haven’t been sure about what I wanted to say. I started this blog because my friend died and I needed someplace to express … Read the rest

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Shame and the Art of Sewing

Lately, I’ve been struggling with feelings of shame. I’ve been unemployed since I got back to Phoenix, which has been about 7 weeks, though it feels like so much longer. A lot can happen in 7 weeks. At the moment, … Read the rest