Personal Musings Filter
  1. The Not-So-Slow Leak

    “Some are tired. All are broke. Some are gay or trans and suffer for it. All have professional ambitions beyond what they can achieve on a blockaded island.” At Here is Havana, Conner Gorry reflects on emigration, loss, and Cuba.

    Exploration
    Photo by Bibhash Banerjee
  2. ALAMORE

    “Putting the two sets of letters together – 96 in total – with my diaries, I realised I had invaluable source material which covered social attitudes of the time together with national and international events…. Throughout there is a love story and the building of a relationship.” At Alamore, Maureen Blake publishes letters and diary […]

    Current Events
  3. No One Cares What I Think about the New Star Wars

    With the final episode in the Star Wars saga just around the corner, writer Lucy Blue, a lifelong super-fan, reflects on the movies’ darker, more morally ambiguous tone, and the way the series has evolved since her ’70s childhood.

    Commentary
  4. The Wellness Almanac

    The Wellness Almanac is a community almanac from Pemberton, Lil’wat, Area C and N’Quatqua in Canada. The site is a project of the Winds of Change Steering Committee to help promote healthy relationships and respect between the First Nations and farming communities that reside in these areas.

    Health
  5. Home Is a Mug of Coffee

    “Just like the countless options on my office’s hot drinks machine, I fell in love with a fresh sense of possibility — that there was more than one way to live my life.” In this illustrated longread, Candace Rose Rardon reflects on coffee, life, and finding herself, no matter where she is in the world.

    Art
  6. Fifty Years of Mentoring

    “These days, there are two main populations I end up mentoring: CEOs, and kids. At some level, they’re totally different. But at some level, they’re surprisingly similar.” On his personal blog, Stephen Wolfram reflects on his role as a mentor to people of all ages.

    Academia
  7. Raising Mothers

    Literary magazine Raising Mothers was created “by and for femme identifying and NBPOC writers who parent” and is different from other publications, as it focuses on raising mothers, particularly those of color.

    Diversity
  8. I finally took a social media break

    “I deserve to have a healthy relationship with social media. And I’m working on it.” Writer, producer, and director Nida Chowdhry shares insights on her social media use after deactivating her Instagram account.

    Internet
  9. The Radical Notion of Not Letting Work Define You

    “Just because something can’t be a career doesn’t have to mean that it can’t be part of your life and identity.” At Man Repeller, Molly Conway muses on imposter syndrome, work and identity, and being a playwright.

    Identity
  10. Because of the Clinic I am Alive to Tell You This

    “Here is not a choice we have made.
    Here is where our lives are saved.
    This is life.”

    At Poetry Breakfast, Ann Kestner shares an autobiographical poem about a morning at an abortion clinic more than 15 years ago.

    Personal Musings
  11. Respect the Intelligences of Kids with Intellectual Disabilities

    Thoughts from Heather Kirn Lanier, who is the mother of Fiona, a child with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome: “They are treated, in other words, like banks, where the teacher deposits information and then, at a later date, requests that the information be returned back.”

    Family
  12. If ‘leaving SF’ essays are mandatory, here is mine

    Jonathan Kauffman says goodbye to San Francisco: “Of the friends who packed my going-away party in 2006, less than 10 remain in town. More leave every year. The city whose culinary history and geography I know better than almost everyone has made it clear that I will never own any piece of it.”

    Essay
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  13. “Everyone around you . . . they’re all experiencing the collateral damage of living. They are all grieving someone, missing someone, worried about someone.”

    Death
  14. Talking To My Kid About Disability

    “After a while, a boy not unkindly asks my daughter, ‘Why is your Mummy in a wheelchair?’ My heart squeezed.” Lorna at Gin & Lemonade writes about talking to her daughter, Isla, about disability.  

    Family
  15. “…when a piece of knitted or woven cloth…unravels, it separates into a single thread. Perhaps that’s an easier way to look at this process…not as a falling apart, but as a paring down, a reduction to a single, unbound thread, from which to weave again.”

    Personal Musings