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Eyes on the Prize, Violet

By: Bec Fordyce Image: Angie Oko “Eyes on the prize, Violet” has always been somewhat of a mantra of mine.   Perhaps because Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was performed ad nauseam in my elementary school speech and drama classes? That little excerpt wiggled its way into my subconscious– and it informed one of the ballsiest moves I ever […]

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A Mother’s Words are Just a Memory

By: Alicia McDaniels I constantly felt that every time I spoke with my mother she had to hear about how amazing I was doing, but I actually was doing the opposite. It had gotten to the point that I felt like I was becoming a disappointment to her. My boyfriend had passed away, I had […]

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I am My Mother

By: Theawna Brown Image: Ryoji Iwata, Unsplash I worry about things I shouldn’t, I take on responsibilities I don’t have to,I work hard, I am called a “bitch”, I isolate myself, never taught how to love I am controlling, I tell others what to do and how to do it, I lack confidence, so I […]

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The Call that Changed My Life

By: Bec Fordyce Image: Kristina Tripkovic, Unsplash I always thought that the phone call that would change my life would be my agent telling me that I booked a lead in an HBO series. It hasn’t happened yet. I got a different kind of life changing call in early August of 2016. I woke up […]

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Living in the Lion’s Den

By: Christina Conoly Image: Jeremy Bishop, Unsplash “The lion is most handsome when looking for food.” — Rumi The moment I thought I was going to die was peaceful and still, in the midst of chaos and violence. My throat collapsed between his hands in what appeared to be satisfying ease. Like wringing out the […]

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A Modern Union

By: Alicia McDaniels Image: Edel Blake “When you’re married, you grow accustomed to that person. It feels terrible to have to start over. You’re lucky, it will be easier for you.” These words stung my ears, as I was sitting in a grief support group listening to a recent widow. The three other people in […]