Bad Friend

Bad Friend

October 31, 2017Uncategorized

My heart physically hurts today. And for good reason. Today I am looking at an ugly truth about myself and it doesn’t feel good. The truth I’m digesting is that I am not a good friend. Once again, I let down friends who were counting on me. I said I would do something and I … Read More

Undignified

Undignified

October 27, 2017Uncategorized

I peeled an orange the other day. The skin was thick and difficult to remove, which meant I unintentionally squished the fruit inside, repeatedly plunging my fingers into the flesh and each time muttering “goddamn it.” In short, I made a mess. I still ate the orange, the bright citrus tang on my tongue, but … Read More

Can I Get a Hell Yeah?

Can I Get a Hell Yeah?

October 26, 2017Uncategorized

A lot of what I end up writing about is what it’s like to live with severe depression with a side of anxiety, so today I want to share some personal triumphs. 1.) Because I’ve been living in darkness, emotionally speaking, for a long time now, I finally went to a psychiatrist. She told me … Read More

On Las Vegas and Tom Petty

On Las Vegas and Tom Petty

October 3, 2017Uncategorized

Yesterday there was another mass shooting. Last I heard, the death toll was at least 59, with hundreds of additional people being treated for gun shot wounds. This act of terrorism was committed by one man. One white man, it should be noted, who committed suicide before the police could take him down. How he … Read More

Free Speech and Sheet Cake and Love, Oh My.

Free Speech and Sheet Cake and Love, Oh My.

August 23, 2017Uncategorized

Recently there were a few days when I was constantly involved in at least one argument with at least one white man at a time on Facebook. The arguments were about whether the Charlottesville white supremacists should be protected as free speech by the first amendment, and whether Tina Fey’s “sheet caking” sketch missed the … Read More

A Tale of Whiteness

August 18, 2017Uncategorized

A few months ago, Ijeoma Oluo wrote a piece called “White People: I Don’t Want You to Understand Me Better, I Want You to Understand Yourselves.” I read everything she writes, but I’ll be honest, this one I didn’t read right away. I knew it would be painful and challenging and beautiful, like everything she … Read More

Benny (a poem)

Benny (a poem)

May 29, 2017Uncategorized

I wrote this poem about my uncle several months ago, but added a little to the end because he¬†took his own life a few days ago. Some who were close to him called him “Benny,” hence the name of the poem. Rest in peace, Uncle John. Benny My uncle was apparently some kind of rugby … Read More

Ed Murray vs. the World

Ed Murray vs. the World

May 10, 2017Uncategorized

I am pretty sure you’ve been sitting around wondering, “What does Jen think about this whole Ed Murray situation?” So, I will give you the gift of my semi-informed opinion. If you don’t live in Seattle or if you live in Seattle but are either Amish or somehow otherwise disconnected from all news and information, … Read More