Inequalities in Chicago

A man stumbled to his right as my friend dragged me towards hers. Chicago’s bright city lights dissipated to yellow patches that broke up the darkness as we found ourselves on a street that ran below Michigan Avenue.

Miriam Aguilera on Self-Worth + Self-Starting + Domestic Violence

Miriam began to tell me her story, how she immigrated into the United States as a married woman and struggled to find self-worth in her emotionally abusive marriage. The process of leaving was coupled with learning that she was worthy of good treatment, a belief she was not raised to embody.

Personal Updates

Nothing I have been writing feels good enough lately. Call it a writer’s block, maybe a quality block, but the truth is, I have not been feeling great.

Icarus

My wings had melted and, like Icarus, I fell— hard, fast, completely. And I found myself at the bottom of a pit as dark as night and as vivid as ice-cold water.

Cait Ennis on Understanding Her Chinese Heritage

“If I had to answer, ‘What am I?’, however, I would say I am American. I am this melting pot of values and cultures, and I now know that I do not have to choose between these things to know who I am.”