Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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  1. I Need To Tell You

    Christine, who was diagnosed with a desmoid tumor in 2012, responds to unsolicited advice: “I’m telling you my hands hurt. I’m telling you I can’t perform a simple task, a task that a child does all day long. I’m telling you I can’t express myself. My creative outlet is gone. . . . Hear that.”

    Health
  2. Eating in Vietnam. Also, a Travel Companion.

    “Vietnamese food must always have balance. There is bitterness, there is sourness, there is the pain from heat, but there is also sweet. This is the goal of Vietnamese food: to have all the emotions of life in one bite.” Antonio Perez describes his culinary adventures in Vietnam with vivid, sensory details.

    Cooking
  3. The Power of Poetry

    “Can anyone have this moment? Or is poetry only for some people — the smartest, the richest, the something-est?” At Nerdy Book Club, K-8 librarian Sarah FitzHenry recounts a school event with poet Kwame Alexander in which students discover the power of poetry.

    Education
    Photo via Nerdy Book Club
  4. Heart in a Brown Paper Bag

    “I’ve discovered that a city, while you’re vacationing there, behaves similar to a person on a really good first date.” Los Angeles writer Ze Luiz at StripSearchLA describes his first visit to Seattle, Washington.

    Exploration
  5. A Very Awkward Breakup

    “My mind was spinning. Love with a Chance of Drowning was due to publish in three months time but the love itself was drowning.” Torre DeRoche had to promote her memoir at the same time she and her partner had split. At The Fearful Adventurer, she explains what happens.

    Authors
  6. Atlee

    “It was only in getting back into baseball cards that I realized that there were a couple of years in the late 1980s when my classmates had accurately identified a mixed-race adult for me to look like.” Nick Vossbrink at njwv writes about dealing with the “what are you?” question while growing up.

    Culture
  7. An Ode to the High Road: A Reflection on Haute Route Alpe D’Huez

    “Mountains are one of the wonders of this world. They’re at their best when we interfere with them as little as possible, and ride them as nature intended.” At The Mountain Mutton, cyclist Jim recounts the three-day Haute Route Alpe D’Huez event.

    Sports
    Photo via The Mountain Mutton (Haute Route / Photorunning)
  8. White Women In Robes 

    “White women in robes are marching in the streets again, and they are still leaving people of color behind.” Sherronda J. Brown discusses how eugenics, reproductive rights, white feminism, and white supremacy are historically and intricately connected.

    Commentary
  9. Life lessons I learned on the Appalachian Trail

    “I now believe that people are capable of altruism. And that we are worthy of this gift.” At (Almost) Unsalvageable, Gabe Burkhardt shares what he learned while hiking the Appalachian Trail.

    Exploration
  10. If You’re Successful, Lots of People Ask for Your Help. Who Deserves It?

    “Today, even before I open my email, my blood pressure spikes thinking of all the requests, problems, and complaints I’m likely to find.” Jane Friedman receives a lot of emails from students, strangers, and aspiring writers — all asking for help and advice. But does she respond?

    Authors
  11. Who Are You Online? (My Travel Writing Reality)

    “I sometimes feel like we collect different versions of ourselves — and in an effort to fit amongst a particular crowd we pull one of those selves from the pack, like a magician mid-card trick.” Flora at Flora the Explorer contemplates her blogging and social media presence.

    Exploration
  12. On Gifts

    Susan Briscoe on the gift she received the day of her diagnosis: “I have reclaimed that gift of acceptance. Living in a way that is true to me means accepting and fully embracing this experience so that I can do my best to transform it into something positive.”

    Death
  13. Letting Go

    A poem by Hudson Biko:
     
    “Maybe we tell
    ourselves we’re
    letting go . . . ”

    Poetry
    Image by Stijn Swinnen
  14. For I am human #autism

    Thoughts from Sonia Boue: “My humanness is not other — it is a parallelogram of your humanness. A mirror in which to see yourself (at times).”

    Autism
  15. Home is a Cup of Tea

    Sketch artist and writer Candace Rose Rardon tells the story of her search for home through the different teas she has discovered while traveling.

    Art
    Illustration by Candace Rose Rardon