Recent Breaths

Like every middle school student in the great state of California, I was forced to read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Of course at the time, I did not appreciate the Pulitzer Prize-winning notoriety of the 280-page classic, but I remember my teacher diving deep into the novel’s subtext. It was my first […]

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Inch by Inch

“Don’t look down. Don’t look down. Don’t look down.” I recite aloud to myself dangling over 20 stories above the posh street. My eyes focus on my reflection in the mirrored glass windows on the side of the skyscraper in front of me. I see hundreds of office buildings, thousands of trees, a large outdoor […]

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Experience

It just didn’t add up. Staring at the bright blue plastic tarp strung up diagonally onto the wall, and then down to the single blanket wrinkled on the ground, and then over to the woman grinning and gesturing wildly in conversation across the room, it all just did not add up. How could that have […]

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Glass Half-Full

“Well, so how did you feel about that?” A friend asked me recently about my brother’s health and his choices along the winding road to recovery—as if I have any control or input. “Hmmmm,” I replied slowly. “That’s hard.” If there’s one thing I’ve learned recently, it’s that as the sibling of an addict, I […]

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