Nature

Potlucks, recipes, and good old-fashioned genocide: An appropriation primer

Photo of an ipad, propped up in a kitchen with spoons and limes nearby. A recipe is visible on the ipad's screen.

CW: Non-graphic mentions of genocide, violence, enslavement, rape, racism Have you ever been invited to a potluck with new and old friends whom you know to be excellent cooks? So you show up, and there are all these amazing dishes. There’s potato casserole and barbeque chicken (vegan if you prefer), there’s a huge tossed green …

Cobwebs

hummingbird in flight, facing the camera, its head cocked slightly, its wings a blur

The most important stories are often the hardest to weave. How do you know where to begin? An orb weaving spider begins in the center, doesn’t she? No. At a corner, and then allows a breeze to carry her from one anchor point to another, trailing silk behind her. That’s it. One corner is connected …

Heat of sun

The year is 1995. I am a senior in college. I have powered through my first three years, taking everything I could handle each semester, starting with advanced classes because I had tested out of the 101 courses. By now, I have fulfilled all the requirements for graduation and nearly all the requirements for my …