Cheri Lucas Rowlands
Story Wrangler, WordPress.com. Senior Editor, Longreads. Not to be fed after midnight.
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  1. If You Want Change to Happen, You Have to Do It Yourself

    From Gillian Whitcombe at The Sewcialists: “Sewing is amazing because it’s really creative and really logical at the same time. It’s not like, ‘Why don’t I fit into this size?’ You know your body inside and out; it’s really empowering that way.”

    Crafts
  2. Dani Shapiro on her new memoir, DNA, and more

    “Hundreds of thousands of people are discovering that they didn’t know significant aspects of their own identities.” On her blog, Leslie Lindsay interviews author Dani Shapiro about her memoir Inheritance.

    Authors
  3. I’ve Always Seen Myself as a Bridge, Connecting People, Knowledge, and Ideas

    Faisal Saeed Al Mutar of Ideas Beyond Borders on making more resources available in Arabic: “I had this belief about the importance of removing barriers. . . . The motto of our translation project is ‘making the inaccessible accessible.’”

    Culture
  4. Learning to be the Tortoise, Not the Hare

    “My identity for years was the lawyer who quit her job to eat soup. As I’ve laid in bed on and off since 2017, I’ve watched the travel industry and my fellow writers move on with their lives. Mine feels very stuck.” Jodi Ettenberg, founder of Legal Nomads, muses on grief, healing, and her CSF leak.

    Health
  5. I’m Not the Hero. I’m Just a Piece of This Puzzle.

    “I thought, why can’t I just go on the internet and buy coffee from farmers?” In this interview with co-founder Thaleon Tremain, learn how Pachamama Coffee connects growers directly with customers in the U.S.

    Business
  6. I Inspire Women to Keep Wearing — and Doing — What They Love

    “When I was pregnant with my fourth child, Maely, I just wanted to keep wearing my jeans.” Holly Kjar discusses the product she created for pregnant women, the Maeband, and the growth of her business and online community.

    Business
  7. The Indignities of Poverty, Compounded by the Requirement to Prove It

    In an excerpt from her debut memoir, WordPress.com blogger-turned-author Stephanie Land recalls moving from a homeless shelter to transitional housing with her young daughter.

    Authors
  8. My Goal Since the Beginning Was to Individualize the Victims

    “By colorizing their photographs, they become less abstract. They are no longer just representing something old, a historical event that happened so many years ago.” For the Faces of Auschwitz project, photo colorist Marina Amaral transforms photos of Holocaust victims.

    Education
  9. I Didn’t Realize that I Could Be a Voice for a Population of People

    “All I’ve wanted from the beginning is just to put a human face on poverty that is not the one that we think of…” Stephanie Land, who wrote a memoir on working as a maid and being a single mother, first found an audience on her blog.

    Authors
  10. There Is So Much Power in Giving Back to People

    “I want people to smile. I know that’s simple, but there is so much power in doing something uplifting.” International street artist Kelsey Montague creates large-scale murals that are meant to be interacted with and shared.

    Art
  11. The Long Con Of The Great Indoors

    “The solution isn’t to say the Outside is great and the Inside is terrible. Maybe it’s to find a way to rub out the line between them, before it does even more damage to our sense of being in the world… ” Mike Sowden muses on our love of the Inside.

    Exploration
  12. I Have a Passion for Creating Things that Have Value for Other People

    “Spelling really taught me time management and work ethic.” Cole Shafer‑Ray of The Spelling Champ turned his knack for words into an online consulting business.

    Business
  13. I Want to Make Sure It Stays What It Is: A Kind, Safe Space

    “It’s very intimidating, and it’s predominantly men in the business, even though you’re starting to see a lot more women in breweries.” Kate Christensen couldn’t find an online space to connect with other women who like craft beer — so she created one: Beer&Body Craft Beer Girls.

    Business
  14. We Have this Really Powerful Tool to Effect Change

    “But it became crystal-clear that queer youth needed to see what their futures could look like. They needed to see that there was light at the end of the tunnel…” Brett M. Peters from the It Gets Better Project talks about the power of uplifting storytelling.

    Diversity
  15. My Year of Writing Anonymously

    “I found that when students wrote without their names, much that was awkward, dull, strained, and frankly boring fell away. It was like watching people who thought they couldn’t dance dancing beautifully in the dark.” Stacey D’Erasmo describes the freedom of writing, minus the byline.

    Authors