It takes a lot for women to recount their stories of assault and harassment. But as this author reminds us, lingering trauma can make coming forward all but impossible.
The writer has been gripped by a lifelong terror of her own mortality—but her son may finally have shown her that's no way to live.
A longtime smoker reflects on the cultural history, appeal, and vilification of the cigarette—and why so many of us still light up, whether publicly or in secret, despite knowing its risks.
On the eve of her son’s 10th birthday—his first living away from home—the writer grapples with her changing expectations for him as she contemplates his future.
A native New Yorker and author of 'An Abbreviated Life' searches for the type of mindfulness that doesn't require her to slow down.
A few years ago, doctors told the writer her sick mother wouldn’t survive the night—they were wrong. She’s prepared for her funeral, but how can you prepare for what comes after?
After a lifetime of living with her mother’s mental illness, our writer reckons with the love of a parent who longs to say good-bye.
Yes, there actually is. Which is why we have to rally ourselves to pick up the phones and take to the streets.
Just moments after escaping a tragic accident, the writer learns she's pregnant—and quickly discovers the razor-thin edge between love and loss.
The writer used to drink and dance and flirt just a little too intensely. This wasn't partying—she was self-anesthetizing from an unspeakable violation she is now starting to reckon with.