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Category Archive: writing

May 27 2012

Anonymity and Mental Illness

The stigma of mental illness has many negative consequences, such as decreased access to employment and housing, barriers to seeking treatment, and many broken friendships and relationships. What it also does, unfortunately, is make it much harder for people who’ve suffered from mental illness to speak about it publicly, using their real names. I’ve been …

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Apr 27 2012

Setting the Record Straight

Note: On April 24, the Daily Northwestern published an opinion column that included a backhanded and (in my opinion) unfair reference to me and my blog–namely, to my Markwell post. I wrote the following letter to the editor in response. To the editor: In his Tuesday column, Peter Larson discussed the response to Cru’s Markwell campaign …

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Apr 13 2012

My opinion is not a personal insult to you.

[Snark Warning] It never ceases to amaze me how the act of expressing an opinion opens you up to the most outlandish assumptions about your personality. Good girls, I know, don’t blog. Or at least, they don’t blog about anything substantial, and they definitely don’t do it using their real names. Blogging about your personal …

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Feb 08 2012

Criticizing is Not Complaining

Most bloggers expect and receive their fair share of stupid comments. It’s kind of an occupational hazard. However, one recurring theme I see in comments–both on my writing and that of other opinion writers–disappoints me the most. That theme is always some variation on the following: “Sure, this is a problem. But it’s not worth …

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Feb 01 2012

Depressed on Shabbos

[TMI Warning] This past weekend, I participated in an overnight retreat with a Jewish education program I’m involved in called the Maimonides Leaders Fellowship. In Jewish parlance, the trip is called a shabbaton as it takes place over the weekly holiday of Shabbat (“Shabbos” is the Ashkenazi variant of the word, in case you’re confused). On …

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Dec 31 2011

Storytelling

(Or: Massive Annual New Year’s Eve Note, Vol. 5) [TMI Warning] Many psychologists believe that it’s not what happens to us that matters, it’s the stories we tell ourselves about what happens. Some people unfortunately interpret this to mean that we ought to “look on the bright side of life” and “find the silver lining” …

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Jun 06 2011

Winter/Summer

It’s hard for me to believe that it’s already summer. The signs are all there–I can wear my favorite clothes again, I keep my windows open, and the humid air envelops me and makes me feel safe, even at night. There are packing boxes everywhere and the dorms are slowly emptying out… But in my …

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Feb 03 2010

Bookman's Heaven

Note: This short piece has the rather unusual (for me, anyways) distinction of having achieved a grade of 100% in my journalism class, which I’m very proud of and happy about, so I hope you enjoy it too. :D If history were a place, it would be Bookman’s Alley. A fixture of Evanston, Illinois for …

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