"The comfort of working remotely doesn't make someone lazy — in fact, quite the opposite."
"When you’re expected to produce at a demanding rate and struggle to do so within the confines of the work environment, you're basically doubling your efforts to stay afloat. This takes a significant toll, both physically and mentally."
"In the most ordinary of circumstances, moving is stressful. My moving patterns probably look chaotic to most people."
"...that's the thing about coping: we often stay in survival mode and wear our heavy armor, even when we don't have to."
"Instead of trying to will something into nonexistence, getting to the roots of our fears can help us understand them more. Having fears by our side as companions takes away the shame and makes them lose their power."
"I know what great writing is. I also know I'm not doing it."
"No one should be flying a confederate flag or driving a Hummer. No one should feel anything other than unsettling grief at what’s happening at the border. But isolated, rural communities are like that can of Campbell’s soup at the back of your cupboard. No one goes back there, that soup never leaves. No one’s throwing it out, but no one’s giving it any attention."
There was an unforgettable moment I once witnessed during a visit to my home state of Wisconsin, a state that I haven’t lived in since 2014. It’s one involving the extreme kindness and politeness of strangers, a tale that I’m sure every Wisco expat has equally come to terms with. My dad and I went …