Personal Musings Filter
  1. Sobriety isn’t boring or scary or awful. It’s medium. It’s a balance between the 3AM self-hatred, and the 6PM seduction. It’s safe and patient and readily available. I don’t have to plan it, or pay for it, or even long for it.

    Personal Essay
  2. Dear Adoption, I Just Want to be Heard

    “I can be happy with the life I’ve been given and mourn the life that was taken away.” At Dear Adoption, a South Korean adoptee blogs anonymously about the need to explore their heritage.

    Family
  3. When All Else Fails

    “The needle slides through easily and quickly and the magic happens.” Happy National Quilting Day! To celebrate, here’s avid crafter Kerry, reflecting on her love of all things stitch-related.

    Crafts
  4. A Mushy Love Letter About Blogging

    “I don’t work with brands, I don’t have things to sell, I just like writing things down. So, whilst I’m not going to pretend that I don’t care about numbers and followers, I’ve learnt that, for me, blogging has somewhat transcended all of that.”

    Jetpack
  5. “On a whim I google the origin of the word ‘geezer.’ The accepted opinion is that it derives from an obsolete cockney word guiser, meaning ‘one who walks around in a disguise.’ I believe the disguise must be brightly colored slacks, tucked-in polo shirt, white belt, and Velcro sneakers.”

    Nonfiction
  6. The Agony and Joy of the Great Scottish Outdoors

    Beautiful and unforgiving, Scotland’s countryside offers Alex Cochrane, a travel and history blogger, a chance to savor extreme emotions and masochistic bliss.

    Essay
  7. One day he went to an orthodontist, paid in advance, and sent a note home to her parents suggesting they get her braces, all expenses paid. One day she showed up on the bus and beamed her sparkly new braces at him, and handed him a pie that her mother had made.

    Family
  8. Homeless daughters of a hybrid diaspora

    “Can you imagine being told from the moment you comprehend it that these four walls you call home, this shelter above your head, this comfort you look forward to each time you return from school or mosque, is not yours?” Zoya Kubra, currently based in Qatar, reflects on male privilege and gender inequality.

    Essay
  9. Maybe You Are Actually Something Special

    Med student (soon-to-be-doctor) James Munro reflects on self-doubt, impostor syndrome, and discovering that sometimes, who you want to be is the person you already are.

    Education
  10. “You are a decent-looking nice lady — there’s nothing wrong with your bait,” he declared. “Clearly, there’s something wrong with your hook.”

    Personal Musings
  11. Is One Really the Loneliest Number? Five Bloggers on the Virtues of Solitude

    Five bloggers on the virtues of alone time, with photos from our recent “Solitude” challenge.

    Personal Musings
    A man sits alone in a church in Cremona, Italy. Photo by Marcus Puschmann at Streets of Nuremberg.
  12. Conversations With Baristas

    “The 6:43 a.m. Saturday conversations with baristas are the best conversations to have with baristas.” Writer Jeff Riley is a regular at his coffee shop, and his chats with the baristas go beyond the usual pleasantries.

    Personal Musings
  13. Confessions of a Recovering Perfectionist

    Amy learns to let go of the futile quest for “perfect” and instead embrace intuition and uncertainty: “Some steps are wobbly and small. Others are strong and purposeful. But they are all steps forward, no matter how they land.”

    Health
  14. “We’re all pointing in different directions. I’d like to think I know where True North is, but with so many others’ fingers extended, jabbing all over the place, how can I be sure?”

    Commentary
  15. “I Write Because…”: Six Bloggers on Finding Inspiration for Their Sites

    Bloggers reflect on what drives them to hit the “Publish” button time and again.

    Inspiration