for Book Riot Prior to the 2016 presidential election, the majority of my “knowledge” about Russia came from the television show, The Americans. I peripherally followed the prosecution of Pussy Riot and had some general knowledge of the Cold War from Rachel Maddow’s book, Drift, but I hadn’t made an effort to learn more about […]Read more "REQUIRED READING FOR UNDERSTANDING WTF IS HAPPENING IN RUSSIA"
This piece is part of the regular Ask Katie* advice column series at The Fix. A few months ago, my father got his second DUI and now his license is suspended. As a result, I have to drive my younger siblings everywhere, do the grocery shopping, and run other errands while my dad sits at home. I […]Read more "Ask Katie: Why Should I Forgive My Alcoholic Dad When I Still Have To Clean Up His Messes?"
for The Establishment What I remember most are the slippers. I don’t remember putting them on my feet, how they stayed on as I scrambled down the hall of my dorm; a flight of beer-sticky stairs and into the icy night. They were ridiculous slippers––my sister and I had each gotten a pair for Christmas — thick […]Read more "Why Today Feels Like Grieving The Loss Of A Loved One"
for Rolling Stone The first time someone told me it’s possible to consume cannabis without getting high, I scoffed. I was five years sober and my friend, newly in recovery, was telling me about a “special” kind of marijuana. Apparently, she said, it offered anti-anxiety and pain relieving effects without the high of “traditional” marijuana. […]Read more "Why the Addiction Recovery Community Should Accept Medical Marijuana"
This piece is part of the regular Ask Katie* advice column series at The Fix. Dear Katie, I have been sober for about six months and I have been feeling increasingly depressed. I don’t have health insurance, though I will be able to go on an ACA exchange in my state come January. I am about to […]Read more "Ask Katie: How Do I Keep My Grades Up While Getting Sober?"
for Book Riot There were too many painful losses to count in 2016, and the death of Carrie Fisher was among the most painful for me. I’ve never seen any of the Star Wars movies–-I never got around to it as a kid and now it’s just fun to watch people’s horrified reactions when I […]Read more "A Reading List in Honor of Carrie Fisher"