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I have been fascinated by the witch trials in Europe (and the Salem witch trials in the United States) since I saw an iron “witch’s collar” in a Scottish museum when I was a kid. I’m pretty sure that, had I lived in Europe anytime in the 15th through 18th centuries, I would have been accused of witchcraft. In fact, I can say with some confidence that most of you reading this would have been, too (and that includes men — there were also male victims of the witch hunts).

When my plants wither, it feels like a reflection of my own setbacks

Taking care of myself and my plants can be an uphill battle

Kate not Katie: Why I dropped the ‘i’ in my name

As I got older, my name started to feel like a too-small sweater

My parents’ divorce stopped me from being the kid I wanted to be. Here’s how I healed.

I realized every family has their own story, and this is mine