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.

I used makeup as a shield. Here’s why — and how I learned to stop.

Leaving home with a bare face was terrifying at first

‘Endometriosis is so much worse than a bad period’

My 14-year journey with the illness, in comic form

Something terrifying happened to me. I miss the person I used to be before trauma.

I long for the old me, who used to laugh easily