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Every spring, daffodils come bursting through the cold, hard dirt of winter to reveal their yellow flowers like long-awaited sunshine after the snow. They are so irresistibly beautiful that the scientific name for wild daffodils, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, references the Greek myth of the man who fell in love with his…

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When I was a kid, I saw a cougar in our backyard. I was walking from the backdoor to the stairs that led down to our patio, and the large cat lay in the shade of the trees. It was a warm summer morning in Southern California, and the mountain…

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I have always had big dreams about what I wanted to do in life. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a bestselling author. I carried that dream into my first year of college as an English major, where I fell in love with science writing. I decided…

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I recently wrote about why I chose to deactivate my long-time Twitter account. Since then, I’ve had time to think about how I want to use social media in a way that adds value to my life — if I even can. …

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Please note before reading further, this article could be distressing for survivors of sexual assault or medical trauma.

The ultrasound tech looked at me. I looked at my husband. “Maybe you should turn away,” I told him, suddenly self-conscious. …

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Not long before the winners of the Medium Writers Challenge were announced, I received an email letting me know I was a potential semi-finalist. I couldn’t believe that my story about the unexpected death of a horse I bought during the pandemic was being considered for a prize. …

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A few months back, a colleague and I were discussing masks and vaccines. Knowing my feminist views on abortion, he asked me what I thought about anti-maskers using the “my body, my choice" slogan famously attributed to the pro-choice movement.

His thoughtful and earnest question — he genuinely wondered what…

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I’ll get right down to it: death was in that building. You sensed it when you entered, smelled it, knew it was lurking in the shadows of even the brightly lit dining hall where the residents ate their meals. But it made sense. …

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The library fostered my first act of rebellion. I was 12, peddling uphill on my older brother’s bike, the Southern California breeze warm against the sweat on my face. …

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If you’re an American, you’ve probably heard about the national labor shortage. …

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