Four Life Lessons from the Family Beagle

(Content warning: pet death) In 2010, my parents got a beagle puppy and named her Molly. She was playful with a high-pitched yip and a voracious appetite. She had accidents on the carpet and chewed up Mom’s flip flops during her worst teething phase. This pup could get on your last nerve, but the momentContinue reading “Four Life Lessons from the Family Beagle”

It’s Okay to Go Outside

I love being outdoors. Ever since I was a kid growing up in the country, I was outside all the time, running laps around a cluster of pine trees or speeding down our dirt road on my bicycle. My childhood was filled with the smell of honeysuckle vines and thorny patches of wild blackberries. TexasContinue reading “It’s Okay to Go Outside”

I avoided horror movies until I had to write about them

I was a ‘fraidy-cat. I hated Halloween and avoided that aisle in the department store whenever the season rolled around. The only horror I could stomach was R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series even though they would keep me awake. I think I only read them because my classmates were reading them. I still don’t like thatContinue reading “I avoided horror movies until I had to write about them”

A not-so-rare mental disorder that is rarely talked about

I was in kindergarten sitting at the back of the class when I started to pull out my eyelashes. I don’t know what made me do it but I knew that it comforted me. On the other hand, I knew that what I was doing was bad, so I became good at hiding it. OneContinue reading “A not-so-rare mental disorder that is rarely talked about”

Tea: self-care in a cup.

There are many forms of self-care whether it be making art, soaking up a rainbow bath bomb, getting a pedicure, or binge-watching Nailed It! for the third time. But what about just making a cup of tea? Every culture has tea rituals. In China, tea is brewed at weddings. The bride serves the groom’s family,Continue reading “Tea: self-care in a cup.”

Horror Movie Monsters Whose Asses I’m Going to Kick

Chucky When I was six, I saw you on a TV spot for Child’s Play 2 chasing people with a knife. After that, all I could think about for the rest of my childhood was your butt-ugly face and that god-awful outfit. You made my generation wary of their favorite toys. I grew cautious overContinue reading “Horror Movie Monsters Whose Asses I’m Going to Kick”

Things that happen when you delete social media

I take public transit to work because parking in downtown Portland is expensive. I always set an early alarm so I can have enough time to take a shower, eat breakfast, pack a lunch, and then get to the train station or bus stop. Sounds like a good morning routine…if that’s how it happened. Instead,Continue reading “Things that happen when you delete social media”