unplanned pregnancy
I wasn’t married, didn’t have money saved and I wasn’t even sure I had maternity coverage on my insurance policy.
Everyone seemed friendly enough and I eased into the work without a hitch. But then, it happened.
I am not a mom, but I study them -- and the difficult work they do -- for about eight hours a day.
first love
I don’t think anyone believes that her first love will end in a courtroom before a judge.
This was the transitional period between the “popular girls have hideous Coach purses” phase and “popular girls have hideous Dooney and Burke purses” phase.
My dabbling with Heaven's Gate wasn’t exactly a close call, but the experience taught me that sometimes it’s okay to walk out when a situation turns weird.
sex tape
Sex in 1993 was different than it is today, but that doesn't mean I didn't feel the weight of slut-shaming for a video I had no idea I was even part of.
weight watchers
My coach was always checking in, which was nice. But I couldn’t help but think in the back of my mind that we just might be numbers to her.
In a burst of frustration with my failed literary endeavors, I wrote the most commercial, basic-bitch book I could -- but I didn’t think I’d actually enjoy it.
It’s not even that I hate being fat. I hate that I cannot control it.
300,000 people in West Virginia are affected by our chemical-laden water, and all I see in the news is Justin Bieber and figure skaters.
During the first couple of weeks in my cocoon, I was a walking nervous breakdown: There was nothing to distract me from all of the stupid things I’d done to get in my own way, which was an overwhelming epiphany.
I am plagued to stay right on the brink of orgasm for hours without finding any sort of relief. At all.
For over 10 years working at a hotel, I have been propositioned with sex more times than I can count.
Whatever the rights and wrongs of the situation, I will never forget that what happened to us was just the shadow of a shadow of what happens to hundreds of other men, women and children every single day.
family drama
I have no family, and I am happier then I have ever been in my life.
I knew it would make a good story even as it was happening, so sitcom-like was its awesome comedic awkwardness.
I feel so ashamed, sad and powerless, but I’m still not sure what I should have done in that situation.
As World Prematurity Day nears, I write so that others who’ve been through this know they’re not alone. I’ll never know why I lost my daughter, but I do know that life goes on despite the pain.
small towns
I didn’t always feel this way about Northwest Arkansas. When I turned 12, I hated everything and everyone. I started buying into the hype that rural living was somehow unsophisticated, and that to be anything meant moving as far away as possible, as soon as possible.
chronic illness
The most profound lesson I've learned from three decades of chronic pain? Never settle for less than what you want out of life -- even when it hurts.