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

Gratitude is like keys — easy to forget, often taken for granted. But it has the power to unlock doors. Being thankful allows us to tap into memories, take stock of unnoticed advantages and concoct ways to make our world a little kinder.

This Thanksgiving, two women artists drew comics for The Lily on gratitude.

Happy Thanksgiving, readers. We at The Lily are grateful for you.

Ann Xu

Ann Xu zooms in on the key component of Turkey Day: food. A good, homemade meal shared with loved ones warms the soul. But, she reminds us, far too many people go hungry. She plans to help those in her community stay fed — not just on the holiday, but every day.

Aimee Pong

When nihilism grinds Aimee Pong down, she enlists gratitude to remind herself of the gifts she’s been given: her home, health and life itself.

How taking care of my plants helps me take care of myself

I have ferns, succulents, cacti and more, and they all require special care

I used to hide my dad’s addiction. Now I can talk about it, but I’m still learning how to cope.

Recently, I realized I needed to let go of the weight of this secret

I used to think I wasn’t like other girls. Here’s why that was all wrong.

A lot of us are conditioned to be unhappy with the idea of being a woman