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What Makes You Unique

One of my dearest friends (whom I lived with in San Diego) started Marie Forleo’s B-School last week. She texted me one night to…

Glen Alton in Virginia

Grounded

On Sunday morning, there was a brief warm spell in the area. You could smell the rain coming, but for a few hours, it…

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The S Word

In the autumn, I learned that “goddamn” gives most people a near heart attack down here in southwest Virginia. After years in New York…

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The Stone Angels

There are stories about the statues at Bonaventure: whispers of them moving locations when no one is looking, stories of statues possessed… And they…

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A Wish List

I turn 33 in 3 days. I love the time around my birthday, not because it’s the holiday season, but rather because my birthday…

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The Rut

To put it simply, I’ve been stuck. I find myself in a place where it’s hard to breathe, where I feel the weight of…

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Space + Time

If there’s anything we Americans want more of, it’s space and time. We want bigger homes, more land, high ceilings, more bedrooms, more time,…

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Re-Inventing Purpose

I’ve been searching for two decades. Since I first began to daydream about what I would be when I grew up — a ballerina,…

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Lost + Found

After every breakup, I have wondered how much more I can take — how much more disappointment, how many more secrets, how much more…