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Photo by Charles Williams

Photo by Charles Williams

By Sarah D. Park

“If anything crazy happens, you’ll call me, okay?”

“You got it. So I’m off the meds completely? You’re sure?”

“For now.”

In the 14 years since I had been diagnosed with lupus, there have only been three times I’ve ever been completely off meds. (more…)

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Photo by Jeff Turner

By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun 

You’ve probably heard that colloquial definition of insanity that’s floated around the Internet for a while now, the one about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. No one really knows who said it and psychologists take issue with it, but the concept has stuck in our collective conscious nonetheless. (more…)

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Photo by ePi.Longo

By Ann Chen

One of my favorite Christmas songs is “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” Recently, somebody asked me why, and I honestly answered that I didn’t know why except that I’m drawn to its soulful sound and that I hadn’t really processed what the words meant.

O come, O come, Emmanuel

And ransom captive Israel

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

I took it upon myself to reflect more deeply about the lyrics of this song. (more…)

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Stumbling in the Dark

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Photo by MahPadilha

By Eun Joo Angela Ryo

I remember the first time I was left home alone for more than a few minutes.  I was ten.  It was a little after five on a chilly autumn evening, and my parents had not yet returned home from work.  My four older sisters were determined to go to the nearby park to shoot some hoops and asked me to come along.  (more…)

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Photo by Nishanth Jois

Photo by Nishanth Jois

By Ann Chen

It says in Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”

I’ve always thought about this particular proverb in one particular way: When we hope for something, and it doesn’t happen, our hearts are sad. When it does, we find joy and life.  Who of us hasn’t had moments of disappointment as well as celebrations, and consequently, also our share of emotional peaks and valleys? (more…)

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By Eun Joo Angela Ryo

I work at a youth residential detention facility with undocumented unaccompanied minors. They are boys under the age of 18, mostly from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, who have been detained at the border as they try to enter the United States without proper documents. Some have been drug or sex trafficked but most of them cross on their own hoping to be reunited with their parents or relatives. (more…)

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By Liz Chang

I try to make a trip across the country to visit my parents at least twice a year. My parents have lived in the same apartment since 1997. For the past several years, I’ve come to notice something about the apartment: something looks different each time I visit. (more…)

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