My Life

Magic

The first thing I notice is the smell, heavy with cedar and moss and pine. Then the afternoon mist caresses my face with a saturated kiss, calling a sticky layer of sweat onto my skin. I...

Misunderstood

Before July 10th, 2017, I had never left the United States. I am fluent in English alone. This summer I flew to Italy to meet the family I’ve always had but never met. They are fluent in...

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...