Pumpkin Carving Pictures + How to Light a Jack-O’-Lantern Without Candles

Matthew and I carved pumpkins together tonight using the same knife set I picked up on a whim in Pittsburgh my freshman year for about $4 at Walgreens. That first year I bought pumpkins at the Presbyterian church’s lot, packed them into my duffel, and heisted them to DC where we carved them on the […]

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Depression, Friendships, and Aloes

I college I had an aloe plant. One summer, I left it with a friend. Aloes are sturdy plants, evolved for dry areas. They’re sensible, only growing when they have the sun and water they need and huddling into themselves when they do not. I had known that my friend got sad sometimes and didn’t […]

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Moved to Seattle, looking for work, the usual Millennial lifestyle

A few weeks ago I finished up my time at Polaris, where for 2 years I ran online communications. I got to do a lot of good work there–raised $250,000 in 6 weeks, ran campaigns that let tens of thousands of people demand action from their elected representatives, and taught a self-defense course for survivors of human trafficking. […]

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Visiting my grandmother’s art at the Smithsonian

Today my grandmother (Eleanor Dickinson)’s art and papers were featured in a new exhibit at the Archives of American Art. The exhibit was giving life and names to iconic models, from the source of a popular series of pin-up girls to animal-muses, it covered a range. Included were the works and funny memos from my awesome […]

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Happy Mothers’ Day to All of My Maternal Figures!

I take great joy in talking about my 3 grandmothers, of whom I am proud in different ways. They hail from the south and the midwest, are spread across 3 timezones and 3 decades. They’ve held job titles as diverse as homemaker, art professor, basketball coach, mother, activist, and teacher. Between the 3 of them, they raised […]

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