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

I spent a lot of my life ignoring and minimizing the shame I felt about my eczema. Instead, I went about life without dealing with the emotional consequences. It’s surprising how much shame around body image can affect our self-esteem, even when we know it shouldn’t.

Learning a vocabulary for how to talk about my experience of shame has been life-changing. I share this piece of my journey in the hope that, for others, it lessens the power of that which we hide and cover up.

A world of opportunities arrived in my small town during the pandemic. I’m worried that will vanish.

Please don’t forget about us

I suffer from Zoom phobia. Here’s what that looks like.

‘Ugh, awkward pause! When did I last speak?’

It’s not my job to absolve your white guilt

It should not take our deaths for people to realize our worth