At our very first end-of-the-year exam, I was told that my grade had been lowered due to the size of my butt. (I was 10.)

Jul 7, 2014 at 3:00pm | 67 comments

you are the advice columnist
That time I forgot my Prozac and then went to spend four days with my family.

Jul 3, 2014 at 5:00pm | 45 comments

seasonal affective disorder
Do I have some kind of reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Once upon a time, I might have clicked “Like” on that offensive Tourette's joke. But that was before I had my own Tourette Syndrome scare.
i fucking love science
Because of the casual disregard for informed consent that these researchers showed, we have no idea if they or others like them are conducting more studies like this.
neighborly love
I have promised to take care of three kids for 10 weeks, and I am barely getting paid.
unpopular opinion
Here’s the thing about comedy; It’s just trying too hard. Instead of making me laugh, it makes me uncomfortable. I feel sorry for the people who are working so hard to get a positive response from me the audience. I’m embarrassed for them.
trans issues
Like most trans people, I’ve had to be strategic and creative in piecing together my transition.
you are the advice columnist
She always has a way of turning it around and making it seem like I'm at fault for needing or desiring sex more often.
Did that kale in the fridge mold when you weren't looking? OBAMA.

Jul 1, 2014 at 5:00pm | 35 comments

melissa mccarthy
People interested in social justice often have a way of fetishizing the causes we think we’re supporting in a way that furthers the problem.
The feeling in the courthouse was of generosity, selfless love. I've never wanted to hug so many strangers.
hobby lobby
I have to say, I didn't expect to be quite so moved.

Jul 1, 2014 at 11:36am | 23 comments

disability rights
I think the concept of riding a bike is as metaphoric as you can get here. It shows that the idea of putting one foot in front of the other and asserting oneself in order to move forward is universal -- not just applying to the momentum of a thing on wheels.
you are the advice columnist
He said he never felt this type of connection with anyone before; not even with me.
hobby lobby
writing the other
Earlier this month I had the honor to teach at a week-long Writing the Other workshop and retreat. It was great.
almost famous
Many girls I knew idolized Penny Lane, the golden-haired “band-aid” who enchanted the rock stars. They wanted to be her. Me? I wanted to be William Miller.
These days I am seriously starting to doubt that I’m pursing the right kind of happiness for my kids.
you are the advice columnist
As we climbed into his large SUV, I murmured, "please don't fire me." Clearly I was high out of my mind.
It occurs to me that I’m pining for a symptom. I never thought my anxiety helped me at all. Now, with it receding in this particular arena, I miss it. Becca was never late anywhere.

Jun 26, 2014 at 6:00pm | 68 comments

fucking up on social media
The United States is falling apart at the seams and its persistent class problems are a significant social issue, not something to be memeified and jokingly posted on the FAFSA Twitter account.