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

The library has been a sanctuary for me for many years, from the tiny, cozy one at my elementary school to the glass palace of a public library where I spent my post-college years hanging out. (Bonus points: It also had a cafe and a pizza restaurant.)

The first thing I did when I moved to a new city last year was get myself a library card. I read so many books that buying them all is not really feasible (although I still buy a lot of them). For the two to six weeks that I hold a library book in my hands, it’s mine. I like thinking about how many other people have held the same book in their hands. Sometimes I find physical evidence — a bookmark, or a scrap of paper left behind. Libraries and books and comics remind me that there are good things left in the world.

The pandemic empowered me to realize I’m nonbinary

I feel like I’m meeting myself for the first time

The pandemic has changed me. But how will we collectively heal?

It’s difficult to start healing when the pain is still being inflicted

I used to feel like I was losing money if I wasn’t working. Financial planning helped me find balance.

Money anxiety used to paralyze me with guilt and worry