for Shondaland Amariyanna “Mari” Copeny knows that it’s never too early to fight for what you believe in. In early 2016, the then 8-year-old from Flint, Michigan, known as “Little Miss Flint” to her many supporters, wrote a letter to President Obama. She, like the other residents of Flint, had been living with lead-contaminated water […]Read more "Getting to Work With Little Miss Flint"
for Tonic It’s a strange thing to obtain a medical marijuana card after nearly a decade of sobriety. My decision to quit drinking was less of a healthy life choice, and more the only way to stay alive. Though alcohol was my substance of choice, I learned in treatment and still largely believe that “mood […]Read more "A Sober Person’s Guide to Medical Marijuana"
For Anxy Illustration by Jao San Pedro Extreme expectations mean extreme stress for the teenagers trying to graduate from California’s elite schools. What’s life like inside a pressure cooker? Just ask the kids who are living it. Adults have many opinions about teenagers, and for the most part they’re negative. Teenagers are unpredictable and mean, we say, or […]Read more "High Pressure"
for Shondaland The man standing in front of the Reference Desk asked for a guest pass for the public computers and then leaned forward conspiratorially. “Have you seen the original ‘Star Trek’?” I printed the pass and shook my head. “I haven’t. Are you looking for the DVDs?” “No,” he said. “You look exactly like […]Read more "#TimesUp on Harassing Your Public Librarian"
Dear Katie, Should people who completely abstain from alcohol cook with wine? Should they avoid desserts that have alcohol in them (e.g., bananas foster)? I was recently at a wedding with many sober people, and some took tiny sips of champagne for the toast. How strict do people have to be? From, Little Sipper Dear […]Read more "Ask Katie: Should I Avoid Desserts With Alcohol In Them?"
for Anxy Magazine It wasn’t just a job. That’s what the people who tried so hard to pull me out of my angst didn’t realize. When I started working at the Library I was just a few months out of rehab, sober, and no idea who the fuck I was. I didn’t have a long-term goal: […]Read more "When Quitting Isn’t a Career Decision"
for Anxy I’ve read numerous things saying that inpatient treatment centers are a very expensive scam. But I also know people who have gone to rehab and are still sober. What do you think? Is there a way to distinguish between good rehabs and scammy rehabs? From, Just Curious This is a good question, and […]Read more "Ask Katie: Are inpatient treatment centers a scam?"