The Illusion of Closure

By Anne H. Putnam TW: Suicidal ideation In the seven years since my first great heartbreak, I’ve grazed closure with my fingertips countless times.  After the first time he visited me in San Francisco, where I’d fled from our London home when the engagement ended; after our wedding date passed, marked only by a tearfulContinue reading “The Illusion of Closure”

The Beginning of the End

By Krista Legge This piece is published in honor of Self Injury Awareness Day (March 1) and contains potentially triggering content with respect to self injury and suicide. Please do not read this piece if you do not have the mental capacity for these topics. TW/CW: Self-harm, suicide I grew up in a suburban homeContinue reading “The Beginning of the End”

Tadpoles

By Erin Rounds We had just arrived at my mother’s house in the hills of Vermont, when the sliding door to her mudroom flew open, and out bounded my red-headed niece, Rori, in her bathing suit.   “We’re going to the pond,”  she announced gleefully, “are you coming?”  Both of my children’s excited faces turned toContinue reading “Tadpoles”

A Lesson in Cultural Priorities

By: Phyllis Greenberg Houseman In the summer of 1962, I traveled to Ecuador as part of a Peace Corps Volunteer group of science and math teachers. First, we trained for two months at the University of Maryland’s College Park campus. Half-way through the course, our small team had the honor of meeting President John KennedyContinue reading “A Lesson in Cultural Priorities”