fear

Phantasms of Trepidation

I tried to recall what it was like. Before my mind became equivocal with doubt. Before I was aware that my bones shatter as easily as glass. My deft hands were never designed to put up a fight. There’s not much disparity between me and a frightened rabbit, we’re both paralyzed with fear. For me,…

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Restoring 2016: A Playlist

2016 seems to have been a bit of a write off. Responsible for unsettling change in politics and some pretty tragic losses, this year has left many swamped in a dense feeling of despair and uncertainty. In the midst of 2016’s disappointment, some of the women in the music game have been stirring up some…

melanin

Re-examining My Melanin Beauty

I’ve always been considered to be ‘light skinned.’ I’m careful to say ‘been considered to be,’ as opposed to ‘considered myself,’ because this description is one that others have imposed on me before I was old enough to define myself. My mother was the first woman I could recall looking at and thinking, ‘This is…

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The Beauty of Instagram

You look amazing on Instagram. Yes, you. I haven’t seen you around for a while, friend, but I can say with a heart full of awe (and maybe a teeny tiny sprinkle of envy) that you’ve finally come into your own. Your glow could power street lamps and those vegans out there got nothing on…

strong-women

As Women With Health and Illness

In 1978, writer and activist, Susan Sontag, wrote Illness as Metaphor, a brief but important book that discussed the dangers of attributing larger meaning to sickness and disability.  Her thesis, simplified, was that an illness was an illness, not a judgment on character, a commentary on one’s personality, or a statement about society at large.…

wrestle

A Strange Sisterhood

I sit in the first row, clutching a paper ticket in my clenched right fist. My fingers trace the inside of my jacket pocket as I crumple the once-sturdy paper into a hundred little folds. I’m usually not this nervous, but this evening is a special occasion. Tonight is the night when Tonya Harding, my…

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Pastels & Poetry

‘Pastels & Poetry’ is an ongoing poetry/photo project by published writer, Raychel Reimer. Reimer visually showcases her poetry works in uniquely assembled frames to catch the reader’s eye. The purpose of the bold colour use in Reimer’s project is to not shy away from her own personal femininity, and to deconstruct the idea that bright colors are neither…