Personal Musings Filter
  1. “We are superficially more connected than ever before but we don’t feel any better […]. It is up to us to realise self-love doesn’t stem from a selfie and emojis will never qualify as real emotions.”

    Commentary
  2. Walls

    On teenage rebellion, thwarted: “Nothing had changed. I was still the same person with the same stupid clothes and the same baby toys. The house was still library quiet and Richard Marx was still my favorite singer.”

    Identity
  3. But, you see I am a mother who has to live with grieving a child gone, while loving the child I have, and they’re both the same. I love them both, I just miss one.

    Motherhood
  4. Head Inside the Head

    Hedia Anvar writes of Rome(ance) and the end of love: “You’ll always return to Rome like an addict, except on the Vespa, it’s you flowing through Rome’s arteries.”

    Jetpack
  5. Love, Tokyo

    Writer Bron reflects on leaving her home and job and South Africa to move to Tokyo, Japan. “Here I am neither an insider nor an outsider, still foreign, but not out of place.”

    Jetpack
    Kumi Obata, Refreshing dream, etching (2007)
  6. Art
    Art by Nida Chowdhry
  7. Nickworthy

    Ohio journalist Nick Claussen publishes humor columns, thoughts on grammar, lists, and more on his personal blog, which has been hailed as “Somewhat legible!” and “Not Recommended if You Are Driving Heavy Machinery!”

    Humor
  8. The last days in our first home

    “Memories accumulated as we marked milestones and anniversaries. We grew older together in this house . . . but we grew happier, too.” Heide reflects on selling and letting go of her home of 20 years.

    Personal Essay
  9. hAAthi Time

    The personal blog of Revati Upadhya, hAAthi Time is where the food, travel, and lifestyle writer shares her adventures split between two “home ports,” Goa and Bangalore.

    Culture
  10. The Uneasy Life of a Middle East Skeleton

    “So for those who knew, it must have been very strange that we have dead bones in our closet.” The Caspers are an American expat family in Cairo, Egypt. Jayson Casper tells the story of Max, the skeleton they’ve lived with, and explores a different view of death in Middle East culture.

    Culture
  11. Stripped for Parts

    Courtenay Bluebird on writing stories: “Writers pocket these moments and pull them out to look at later under a lamp with a notebook. This is fine with me—it’s magpie stealing. It is general and gestural and often sweet.”

    Essay
  12. A Veteran Blogger’s Advice on Growing Traffic and Finding Community

    Six years into her blogging adventure, Susie Lindau has many solid insights to share.

    Inspiration
  13. While It Still Says Welcome

    Ms. Z sits in the waiting room at a Homeland Security office while her husband, who came to the US 15 years ago, has an interview — a fraught event at any time, but especially in the current political climate.

    Current Events
  14. “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
  15. “Stories are the reason we ever made it this far — as individuals, and as a species. Stories are powerful, like thunder and lightning.”

    Commentary