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Good Taste and Bad Food: In Search of Comfort in the 1980s

Good Taste and Bad Food: In Search of Comfort in the 1980s

by Leslie Pietrzyk While I was coming of age in the 80s, Tab was comfort food. The pink can of diet soda was practically an accessory for the girls on my Midwestern university campus. Even if you weren’t in a sorority, you wanted to give the impression that you could be, that you were the one who sniffed, no thanks, not them. It was comforting that one pink can allowed a girl like me to appear to fit in. I…

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Hepatitis B: Living with a Mystery

Hepatitis B: Living with a Mystery

by Katherine Clarke So often, when I tell people I have chronic Hepatitis B, they become very serious. Of course they do — it’s a serious disease. But I know without asking them that they are really thinking of Hepatitis C. (The confusion is understandable. The names differ by one letter, but the illnesses are very different.) And when they ask, “but don’t they have a cure for that, now?” I sigh, because there are 800,000-1.4 million people in the United…

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A Love Story, Perchance

A Love Story, Perchance

By: Cynthia Sillitoe I have to admit, at first I walked past my new cat. My mom and I were at the Phoenix Humane Society. In my early twenties, I was homebound due to chronic illness. I was still grieving the loss of my childhood cat who had been my constant companion. Life without her was unbearable. Finding a new feline was a strange experience. Cats had always found us. They showed up on our porch and couldn’t understand why…

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Shared History

Shared History

by Nikki Stern At 7:30 a.m. on a summer morning, the northern Wisconsin air did not yet hint at the promise of another typically beautiful day. Our twelve-year-old selves, denied the future pleasures of hot coffee, had stoked ourselves with pancakes and bacon. Dressed in the camp uniform of blue shorts and white blouses, some of us with navy cardigans to ward off the lingering chill, we made our way to the platform, picked up our .22 caliber rifles and…

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How to travel when you have anxiety

How to travel when you have anxiety

by Andrea Crowley-Hughes One “cannot discover new oceans unless [they] have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide (modified to be friendlier to other genders than “he”) When you’re traveling with anxiety, sometimes this quote makes a ton of sense, and other times it just sounds impossible. It can feel delightful to arrive at your destination, greeted by place names and accents the mind can curl around and explore until the words become familiar. In my…

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