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Carrying On: Finding Blessings in Folded Napkins

Carrying On: Finding Blessings in Folded Napkins

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01/17/2018

As my parents and I drove home from visiting my grandmother at the senior care facility over Thanksgiving break, I felt demoralized. We spent 30 minutes with her, and she hadn’t said one word. My grandmother, who I call Grandmom, has Alzheimer’s disease—a type of dementia that causes memory loss and damage to thinking capabilities,…

Carrying On: The Pressure to be Polished

Carrying On: The Pressure to be Polished

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01/04/2018

The pungent smell of nail polish remover, hairspray, and acrylic assaults my nose as soon as I walk through the door. A young girl sits at the barber’s chair having the life straightened out of her hair in pursuit of perfect smoothness. An elderly woman faces the nail technician with her arms extended, moving her…

Carrying On: Accepting Tranquility

Carrying On: Accepting Tranquility

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12/28/2017

“Wow what a year it has been. Are they all so full of emotions and change? How will we ever accept tranquility?” I could have written these words from my Aunt Jeannie, found in a letter sent decades ago. In fact, I have written them, many times in my journal, with slight variations over the…

Carrying On: (Don’t) Say My Name

Carrying On: (Don’t) Say My Name

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12/01/2017

My friends and I have this inside joke that I’m an undercover secret agent for the CIA. At the beginning of freshman year, they couldn’t find my dorm room because the name on my door was different from the name I go by. When they finally found it, I opened the door to find theatrically…

Carrying On: Selective Memories on Thanksgiving

Carrying On: Selective Memories on Thanksgiving

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11/24/2017

“Our smallest Thanksgiving yet.” My dad’s gaze fell from the webcam, and my stomach dropped along with it, sunk by guilt. A hemisphere away, my chair would be one of those subtracted from the dining room table. My sister, I was told, would make the pie this year. He listed the guests while I did…

Carrying On: Keep Dreaming

Carrying On: Keep Dreaming

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11/17/2017

I’ve developed a set of strategies so that staying awake is no longer just a matter of endurance. Rationing caffeine intake is an artform. Personally, I tend to start with a black eye—a coffee with a double shot of espresso—and buy another red eye—a coffee with a single shot—every few hours. I’ve found that no…

Bridging the Distance of Friendship

Bridging the Distance of Friendship

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10/27/2017

The day they left for college, two of my friends and I met at a Chick-fil-A next to the highway. During high school, the suburban chain had served as a base, an easy place to meet up and eat an inexpensive meal. As we sat and ate our chicken nuggets, recounting memories of the last…

A Note from the Fashion Issue Editors

A Note from the Fashion Issue Editors

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10/12/2017

The world is a crazy place. It is wild, chaotic, and theatrical, and the political climate we are living in is even more so. Sometimes, amidst all this disorder, it is easy to feel lost and invisible, to float with the chaos. And so, for our fashion issue this year, we chose to make it…

Carrying On: My Grandfather’s God

Carrying On: My Grandfather’s God

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09/29/2017

The last time I ever saw my grandfather was June 21, 2015. On that day, Father’s Day, he and I sat in his bedroom, which overlooked the lush, if overgrown, front lawn. My dad, driving a brand new tractor he had bought for my grandparents to reduce the time it took to cut the grass,…

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