Krista Stevens
I'm a runner, reader, writer, and editor.
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  1. “I didn’t know enough to know I should be afraid of survival, too. I didn’t know I should be more afraid of mouths that mark you for a lifetime than the jaws that swallow you whole.”

    Personal Musings
  2. “When Mike died at 47 — cardiac arrest caused by an enlarged heart and a blocked artery — our large, vital running community got a collective stitch: that sharp pain beneath the ribs, the stab that constrains the breath…What stopped his heart broke ours.”

    Personal Musings
  3. “Sight loss has meant insight gains. . . . I don’t know what society’s perfection looks like as I have never been able to properly see. I can tell you though what a beautiful person is like. A beautiful person is loving. A beautiful person is kind.”

    Personal Musings
  4. “I no longer remembered the name of the girl my husband had an affair with. It was interesting to me that this name, a name I had previously hated, a name that circled my mind over and over like a rusty old record, had suddenly slipped out of my brain.”

    Personal Musings
  5. “White mother, black father in a part of Pennsylvania where pickups wave Confederate flags under a bruised sky. All four of them — parents and kids — have V names. Such hope in those names, their own little club of safety and love.”

    Family
  6. Michael Moreci on what science fiction can teach us about ourselves: ” . . . sci-fi possesses the unique ability to instruct and inform, to subtly—or, at times, not-so-subtly—act as a warning of what happens to worlds overrun with inequality, with war, and with hate.”

    Books
  7. “But in cooking an egg, Le Guin shows us the beauty of difficult things: the things we do not to survive, not because we must, but because we’re challengingly, gloriously alive.”

    Authors
  8. “Is this how I slide the chair of your sturdy heart across a carpet of years and back beneath my table of regret?”

    Memoir
  9. “These babushkas survived Stalin and the Nazis. . . . How can they be expected to fear something neither male nor foreign, that does not even have feral teeth, but whose only crime is that it breathes and disappears into the same air.”

    Commentary
  10. “How can I trust the world to give my child a fair shot when mainstream publications . . . hit us with ‘trans-friendly’ fire?”

    LGBTQ
  11. “Hope has its own distinct kind of pain. Allowing oneself to hope — realistically, clear-sightedly, understanding the odds of change — is tying your heart to your sleeve, vulnerable as a new bruise.”

    Academia
  12. “My mom wasn’t someone who lived for 60 years with cystic fibrosis. She was just someone who lived.”

    Motherhood
  13. The first friend I ever had in recovery was a heroin addict. When she first tried to befriend me I thought, Umm, I’m nothing like you, I would never put a needle in my arm. Then I heard her speak at a meeting. It was my story.

    Inspiration
  14. Canadian expat Matthew Barlow remembers Gord Downie: “But, in telling us our stories back to us in a way no one ever had, Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip made us proud to be Canadian.”

    Music
  15. “I used to drink. I used to drink quite a bit. Apparently that was the fun me, or so I’m told. If it was so fun, I wonder why I had to stop?”

    Personal Musings