Tag Archive: Musings

Apr 29

Weeds or Wildflowers?

My backyard is carpeted by wildflowers. Yellow, blue, and white mix in with the green grass. It feels like a mountain meadow to me. But to others, my wildflowers are nothing but weeds. I’m expected to eradicate them because otherwise, they’re just going to infect my neighbors’ lawns. Who decided which flowers were weeds and …

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Oct 06

Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with 35 Vials of Blood

Many of you know that I have had a chronic illness for over eight years. During that time, my health has deteriorated to the point that I’ve been housebound for half those years. After seeing a dozen different doctors to no avail, I had lost hope of improvement, let alone recovery. I cycled through the …

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Sep 05

Finding Beauty in the Ugly

Somebody taught you what it meant to be beautiful. You’ve been watching TV for an average of 32 hours a week since you were two years old. By the age of five, you knew enough to ask for your first Barbie, and she completed your education. You understood that being beautiful meant blond hair, long …

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Aug 29

Every Woman Grows Up Believing She Is Ugly

Every woman grows up believing she is ugly. Me, I was a stick figure of a girl, all knobby knees and elbows. My breasts never really did develop. My hair vacillated between stringy straight and too-tightly permed, earning me the unfortunate (and unfortunately accurate) nickname of “Shelli Temple.” I didn’t tan like most of the …

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