My Life

Nose

When my grandfather was young, he loved science—full of ideas he wanted to share with the world. As a Jew in Russia, he knew no university would take him. He earned a living at a factory,...

Falling for the Wrong Person

For too long, he consumed my every thought. I started doing most things for him . What I wore, ate, liked, believed in—all went through a filter of his figurative approval and left my sense...

My Great-Aunt’s Death Brought Us Closer

As odd as it seems, I became much closer to my great-aunt Nevin after her death than I had ever been when she was alive. In my childhood Nevin became increasingly sick with each visit; she...

What I Learned From My Trip to Africa

Before I went to Africa, I had wildly false misconceptions of this continent. But my trip amended these false ideas that have derived from a life of privileged ignorance. I quickly learned...

Lips

I had the odd thought one day that lips are incredibly important to humans, symbols of love, but also the pathway for so many of our interactions and perceptions of people.

Meet the Teen Who Ran a Mayoral Campaign

When Grace Brindle, an 18-year-old in Westfield, New Jersey, heard her mom was considering running for mayor, she didn’t insist that the task would be too difficult or discourage her in a...