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Image by Oscar Rodríguez Amado
Image by Oscar Rodríguez Amado

Me and My Body, Together in Quarantine

“It’s April, two-thousand and twenty, and we have been in quarantine for about two months, we being me and my body. At the beginning, we were doing okay. Now, it’s May. Still no chance in sight of getting tested for COVID-19, and homesick.”

Image by Dima Kosh
Image by Dima Kosh

Being an Asthmatic Stoner During a Respiratory Pandemic

“Now, in the face of the Coronavirus outbreak, I’ve realized that I am compromised. Since my adult asthma is mild, I don’t consider myself at high risk, but the realization that I am more at risk than, say, my live-in partner catalyzed a dialogue in my head with a most prominent concern: my breathing has worsened since I’ve started quarantining, and I have a good idea why.”

Image by Olga Semklo
Image by Olga Semklo

Call for Donations on Behalf of the TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors

“For those of you who don’t know, I’ve had trichotillomania (a compulsive hair-pulling disorder) since I was in middle school. Trichotillomania caused me to pull my hair out so frequently that I was nearly bald before I even entered high school. By then I was wearing hats and wigs to cover my scalp, but they couldn’t hide the shame. My pulling increased. I didn’t feel comfortable talking about my affliction with anyone––including myself––at the time, so I let the negative feelings and urges fester for years.”

Image by Lauren Ames
Image by Lauren Ames

Itching for Understanding

“I entered the building and approached the front desk, where I noticed a framed photo of the man who I assumed was the doctor. The portrait showed him smiling and holding up his pinky as if to demonstrate the number one but choosing to use an unconventional finger. In my opinion, this was an attempt to convey the notion that he had a gentle touch. It was scary.”

Image by Gianna Meola
Image by Gianna Meola

Dating Worksheet

“Question #8: If you get blackout drunk at 8 p.m. and text your ex’s lesbian roommate at 10 p.m., how many unanswered messages later does it take for you to realize that you may have misread her energy in the kitchen that one time?”

Image by Noelle Campbell
Image by Noelle Campbell

Cocktails for a Newly Single Woman!

“Telling Mom

     2 parts gin

     1 part lemon juice 

     1 part ‘Would it kill you to put on a pair of heels once in a while?’”

Image by Daniela Lan
Image by Daniela Lan

Elective Procedure

“Right as she walked in I told the doctor I was nervous. She brushed that off just as the nurse did. They say it’s not a big deal but I have sweaty palms and a squirrel heartbeat and one of my best friends prepared me with a comforting text: ‘It’s gonna be the worst cramps you’ve ever had. I mean, it’s a foreign object being shoved into your uterus.’”

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