A heartfelt letter dedicated to all of those impacted by severe depression, suicidal thoughts, or a suicide attempt.

Caution: this letter contains content addressing depression, self-harm, and suicide. This may be upsetting or triggering for some people, and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

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Dear Charlie,

Hello. I was adopted from an orphanage overseas and brought to the USA in mid-October of 2002. We were raised by the same mother. I am your little sister. Well, half-sister to be exact. I don’t know very much about you. I know that you had a cat when you were about my age. I’m 18, by the way. I know that the cat chewed through a cable in your bedroom…


Since becoming more aware of the different ethical consumerism lifestyles like plant-based diets, being zero-waste, avoiding fast-fashion, and buying fair-trade and cruelty-free, something I’ve noticed among all these communities is the desire and need to practice it perfectly.

A quote on a floor saying “Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” — Anna Lappe
A quote on a floor saying “Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” — Anna Lappe
“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” — Anna Lappe https://www.facebook.com/1MillionWomen/photos/a.10150203177785393/10159984190705393/

With all the different struggles in the world, it’s hard to feel like you’re making a significant difference. It seems like everywhere you look, there’s pollution or some sort of animal or human rights violation, or all three.

From clothing to makeup and other beauty products, to the diamond ring on your finger or the minerals in your new smartphone or work…


Pets do a lot for humans and whether they’re an emotional support animal or a working service dog providing independence to a disabled person, these animals need medical care too.

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and protests to defund the police and invest in community care, the next question is, what is community care? Where should those funds go? Who needs them most, and who will make the most use of them? Among the answers are services like medical care, therapy, counseling, food banks, public transportation, homeless services like more trained social workers, housing vouchers, transitional…


Donating blood is super important- even more so now that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the shut down of many mobile blood drives. The CDC has confirmed donating blood is a COVID safe activity that is vital for the survival of many hospital patients all over the country (and world). Here are ten reasons why you should donate blood.

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  1. Not as intimidating as you may think it is- The process is actually quite simple and straightforward. You will need to make an appointment with your local donation center, then when you go in for your appointment, you’ll check in, get…

There’s this secret message society around the world; are you a part of it?

Spoiler alert for the Hulu TV show The Handmaid’s Tale and the book, Speak, written by Laurie Halse Anderson.

About two years ago, a friend came to visit me while I was temporarily in the care of a state-run residential center for youth. She generously brought me one of my favorite meals and a couple new books, and we hung out in my tiny little room and caught up. Halfway through our time together, I wanted to point out a special little something that I found…


Why argue for family preservation when talking about Immigrant children at the border, but argue against family preservation when it comes to adoption and doing what’s best for the child?

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Like many people, I grew up with the belief that adoption is the perfect solution to everyone’s family problems. Having been adopted as a toddler myself, my belief in this was especially strong. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that, like many things, adoption is way more complex than it seems.

Here, I’m going to present to you some very common claims that are associated with infant adoption, and…


A non-comprehensive list of small, local businesses such as food/drink, shops, pet supplies, and more. Most are located within Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas county. This list is best viewed on a computer, tablet, or other horizontal screens.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve seen more call-to-action posts online asking people to support small, local businesses. This is great because supporting these businesses is extraordinarily crucial. …


A convoluted and severely unorganized existential musing. Feel free to disregard.

Side angle of various colored balloons filing a dimly ceiling space. Colors include teal, yellow, pink, orange, red and blue.
Side angle of various colored balloons filing a dimly ceiling space. Colors include teal, yellow, pink, orange, red and blue.
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When I was in early middle school, I decided that I would not tell anyone when my birthday is unless I was specifically asked for a reason beyond curiosity. This is because I was (and still very much am) a shy, socially anxious person who doesn’t like unexpected or unwarranted attention, especially in the form of singing, public gift-giving, or surprise parties. Now that I’m a little older (and a lot more socially isolated), I’ve started to come away from that a bit. But, as I sit here in…


Are police officers really the answer to our crime rate, or is there a deeper, more concerning issue here?

In a sandy village on a clear sunny day, a group of children and adults gather together in a circle.
In a sandy village on a clear sunny day, a group of children and adults gather together in a circle.
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As Portland, OR, and many other cities across the nation (and the world) continue on its streak of nightly #BlackLivesMatter protests, I’m continuing to think about what all this means, and what we’re really fighting for. George Floyd’s murderer has been fired and the charges have been increased from third-degree murder to second-degree murder, and the other officers who stood by complacently and watched who had initially only been fired, have also now been charged. It’s a step closer to justice…


I like labels. They provide proof that something exists. They’re validating. They’re healing.

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When I was 13, my family had to sell our house and downsize from a 3,485 sq ft house to a 1,580 sq ft apartment. Pretty commonplace change for many working-class families and not a big deal for most people, but my mother struggled immensely with the change. The move took forever; we took months to pack up our stuff, and even longer to unpack. Actually, we never did unpack fully. We lived there for a little under four years, surrounded by boxes, dust, and broken down furniture. It was a huge struggle for everyone in my family, including me…

Katie W

She/her. Aspiring activist. Feminist. Circus performer. Cat lover. Neurodivergent. Very depressed. Very existential.

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