Life Lately

Every time I feel the impulse to blog about my personal life, I always feel a counter-impulse not to, because it feels unnecessary, tiresome, and self-indulgent. Like, who cares, right? The world has enough problems and riffraff without my adding to it. It’s the same way I often keep silent even when my brain is […]

Published! (The YoungBlood Experience)

Picture a scene, set a decade ago, of a young girl sitting somewhere in a dusty library, reading a column in the opinion page of a national newspaper, getting inspired, and vowing, “Someday, I’ll get published here too.” Then picture her ten years later, getting published in that same column. Talk about incredible full-circle moments […]

For Lola Rosie

“Out of the veeery long reading I did today, the bottomline of what I learned is this: Intelligence is highly heritable, and personality is moderately heritable,” I declared as I sat down for dinner with my mother earlier this evening. … I had just finished reading two chapters on genetics and hereditary influences on human […]

Of Religion

I have rarely written anything about religion, especially not anything that’s going to get posted somewhere public.  I think a book on journalism I once read even listed it as a taboo topic. I remember one clinical instructor also mentioning religion as one of the no-no topics to bring up in psychotherapy sessions unless the […]

Unbecoming a Writer

There was a time, not too long ago, when I couldn’t have imagined calling myself a writer—and by “writer,” I mean the kind that gets paid to do work that’s actually published in print and credited through a byline. During that time, I did write, but I only wrote either for personal reasons (in a […]

Me, Three Minutes, and a Microphone

“To escape fear, you have to go through it, not around.” ~ Richie Norton It happened eight years ago, yet I could still remember the day as if it were yesterday. I was seated up on a stage along with eight other fellow high school students, forming a line which might as well would’ve been […]