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

As my seasonal depression begins to fade, I have been looking deep within myself to understand how and why I go to such dark places. Recently, I had cocktails with a friend. She revealed a nugget of truth about herself that was so powerful it made me reconsider how I value my relationships. Specifically, how I value them more than I value myself. I’m so deeply invested in my friends and family that I barely take care of myself. Often, after weeks of ignoring my own needs and boundaries, I crash hard. It’s time to start putting myself first. I am a strong advocate of helping loved ones, but you can’t serve others when your well has run dry.

Advice on what to give during holiday food drives, from someone who used to be on the receiving end

When I was in middle school and high school, my mother and I needed food donations

I spent years wearing tight dresses to pass as straight. Here’s what it took for me to be okay with my identity.

I was raised in a conservative area with no space for gender expression

Libraries have always been a sanctuary for me. Here are 9 reasons I love them so much.

Here’s one reason: Librarians, with their infinite knowledge, sometimes feel magical