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Soften Your Grip, But Don’t Let Go

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Names and identifying details have been changed. “I’m gonna do it.” “What do you mean?” I asked, locking the door to my room, because part of me knew the answer. My heart raced. “Hello? You still there?” “Yeah.” Her voice wavered. I could hear people screaming and laughing. “Where are you?” I asked. Alice was […]

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The Price of a Soda

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It’s quiet in the house and my sister and I are sound asleep. There’s a blue tint coming in from the window; this morning light rests over our eyelids and slowly wakes us from our dreams. We share a bed, and when she starts moving around I begin gaining consciousness. Shortly after, the strong but […]

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Beautiful Now

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I’ve always thought that I was too fat, in part because my parents told me I was. My sister was also “chubby,” and my mom encouraged me to get her to diet with me. She’d say, “Let’s get our summer bodies ready!”   My dad was even more critical. Nothing was ever good enough for him. […]

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Making Joy

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When I walk into the printmaking studio, the creaky wood-paneled floors give away my entrance. The studio appears dilapidated, with pipes exposed from an open ceiling, and I hear every other person’s footsteps and children screaming in the distance, but at this point it’s like a second home to me. Smelling the strong scent of […]

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