Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

Story by Lily Feinn. Illustrations by Marian Blair.

When my parents moved, I went through the boxes of my stuff that had been at their house. Among the old yearbooks and birthday cards, there was a box filled with memories from my middle school and high school relationships. I got nostalgic looking back at the items in that box — things I could hold in my hands and then neatly put away. I don’t feel the same way about my direct messages or texts, which are also ghosts of relationships past. If only I could put them into a box and seal the lid.

Teaching in the pandemic is tough. But after a whole year, there are important takeaways.

I run high-school art classes online and in person

I used to feel ashamed crying in public. Now I embrace it every time.

In 2020, I started keeping my ‘crying diaries’

I used to laugh off anti-Asian jokes. Now, I will stick up for myself every time.

It’s been too easy to downplay racism in the past