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13 Nov '20

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Even Though We Knew, It Still Sucks

By Vega Subramaniam

Biden 306; The Donald 232. Woohoo, this means that I can get a good night’s sleep tonight, right? It’s finally over? I can rest up for the ongoing movement work? I can go back to paying attention … Read More

(Mis)Pronouncing My Name: It’s Complicated

By Vega Subramaniam

If you’re an American citizen, I hope you have either voted or have a rock-solid plan to do so. Thank you for attending my Harridan Talk.

While mispronouncing names might not be the biggest issue on people’s minds … Read More

10 Oct '20

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Despair and Stillness

By Vega Subramaniam

What is happening? What. Is. Happening?

No, don’t answer that. I’m actually not interested in prolonging that conversation in this moment.

In this moment, what I’m actually interested in is turning again to taking care of ourselves.

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Our Oxymoronic Times

By Vega Subramaniam

Our current experience is large; it contains multitudes.

We’re used to the same event evoking multiple, even contradictory emotions. Weddings, funerals, family gatherings, new jobs, all of these experiences are laced with mixed emotions. Joy, nervousness, excitement, … Read More

What Stage of the Pandemic are We in?

By Vega Subramaniam

Dateline: Blursday, Marchtober, 2020. (Still 2020. I’m so…so sorry.)

Remember in early March when we were told things like that the gym would be closed “for the next two weeks”? And we maybe even believed that in … Read More

17 Jul '20

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How to Go About Daily Business in the Midst of the Greatest Uncertainty We’ve Ever Faced

By Vega Subramaniam

I know there’s a lot of variation in how we’re experiencing Life right now. Me, I’m pretty terrified, I have to say. I worry about my parents. Mala worries about her mom. We worry about each other, … Read More

Through the Lens of One South Asian for Black Lives

By Vega Subramaniam

My mom and I immigrated here from India in 1968 (my dad preceded us in 1966), solely as a result of the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act. Which means I owe my life and my bounty here … Read More

Just Wait

By Megan Rolfe

Sometimes it feels like we are stuck and there is no way out.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot due to…oh, you know, current circumstances. Where I live, there has been a lot of deep breathing … Read More

Mental Health Awareness Month and Us

By Vega Subramaniam

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. To my fellow travelers along our bumpy, shifting, treacherous path of survival, I see you and salute you.

Job loss, financial stress, and social isolation: three of the biggest predictors of … Read More

24 Apr '20

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Sustain the Flame/Don’t Just Inspire the Fire

By Vega Subramaniam

In the days when a human could casually imagine doing this (read: before March 11th), Mala and I love(d) camping. We love the wilderness, the fresh air, the birds.

And when we camp, naturally we build campfires.Read More