1. Should You Become a Photographer?

    Madara Parma, a Latvian photographer, asked six of her peers around the world, from India to Argentina, to share their honest takes on the joys and challenges of a career in photography.

  2. Potty Talk Training

    Caren Chesler confronts her use of profanity: “‘Fuk,’ he said, holding up the fork. He then speared one of the bananas and stuck it in his mouth and smiled. . . . With Eddie now two, I was going to have to begin training my potty mouth now.”

  3. Take Up Space

    At Live a Well Life, Rose pens a letter to her former self. “I want you to know, that this body of yours, the one you berate, the one you use to control the chaos that is your life right now, this body is going to do something amazing one day.”

  4. LEGOs Make Me a Better Mom

    On learning to play: “(Legos are) my escape route from a mind-numbing round of tea-party. I can’t handle sipping air from a tiny teacup, but pull out those LEGO bins and I’ll sprawl out on the floor like a kid. Which, when I’m with my own kid, feels pretty cool.”

  5. Three Things I’ve Learned Through Grief

    From Allie Lehman: “In my 20s, I was always waiting for my big break. I used to see others’ success and was convinced (without a doubt) that that made them happy. Now, I feel myself running away from hype and hustle. I feel strong standing on the ground underneath me.”

  6. Essay: Sorrow for the Wings

    Writer Shawn McClure remembers baby chicks: “In the basement of his old farmhouse, my grandfather had a brooder. It looked like a multi-storied apartment building for chicks. They would crowd around the light bulb for heat, like yellow electrons darting around a red nucleus.”

  7. Cancel out the Doubt

    Team USA Paralympian Andrew Kurka writes on his hopes for PyeongChang: “There are so many responsibilities, so many thoughts, and so much good I want to do. When looking at it all, the journey, the sacrifice, the glory.”

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  8. A Celebration of Women’s Poetry for International Women’s Day 2018

    At Poethead, Christine Murray curates a selection of poetry from women poets around the world, including Seanín Hughes from Ireland and Shakila Azizzada from Afghanistan.

  9. The Untold Story of a Prison Guard’s Struggle

    Tyler Caffee recounts his sister Jami’s experience while working at Corcoran State Prison in California, one of the highest security prisons in the US. The essay raises awareness of the increased risk of suicide for female correctional officers and is part of the Unofficial Archives series at Tropics of Meta.

  10. For My Brothers and Sisters

    “My sister and I were once in the Child Welfare System so the death of Tina Fontaine struck me personally.” At Tea&Bannock, guest blogger Kailey Arthurson’s poem calls us to defend the sacred, to defend the children.

    Photo by Tennille K. Campbell