1. “All the ways I know to ask for help slip through my fingers and I watch them as they fall. Pain makes me ‘authentically’ autistic, it strips back my mask and my connections, and it sits me down; silent and alone.”

    Autism
  2. Jill Talbot reconsiders: “Is this how I slide the chair of your sturdy heart across a carpet of years and back beneath my table of regret?”

    Memoir
  3. “WordPress and blogging gave me a voice, a voice that reached a vast amount of audience which otherwise would not have been possible.” — Designer Jan Cavan Boulas on the path that ultimately led to her work at Automattic.

    Business
  4. On Chernobyl: “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
  5. Gendermom takes on subtle transphobia in the media: “How can I trust the world to give my child a fair shot when mainstream publications…hit us with ‘trans-friendly’ fire?”

    LGBTQ
  6. “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
  7. “As for me? Childless lonely old spinster me? I got an education and a bunch of dear friends. I got over the notion that women were different from me just because they had kids. I got my heart and my mind opened. And despite my odd quirky weirdness, I got loved.”

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

    Motherhood
  9. “The poor kid can’t figure out why he is unable to waltz beneath the dinner table. He can see his hands, his feet, his belly, even his junior if he sucks in, but what he can’t see is that ever-so-stealthy forehead that perches on top like a frightened cat.”

    Inspiration
  10. From a tribute to Roy Halladay: “When my teammates made a big play behind me or I made a big strikeout, I didn’t stand there celebrating. I didn’t scream. […] I didn’t jump around. Halladay didn’t, so I wouldn’t.”

    Current Events