One Couple's Abortion Story, 45 Years Later

(May 12, 2022) Last week's leak of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion on Roe v Wade took me back more than four decades, when, in the space of six months, I had...

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My Dad

(February 17, 2022) This is my dad, Ricky Smith. He's been living on the streets of Arcata for over a decade. On Feb. 2, he was murdered just feet away from the...

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Six Strategies for Breaking A Bad Habit

(January 20, 2022) When I decided to give up smoking in my 20s, I resolved to enjoy my last cigarette the night before my birthday and turned my final smoke into a...

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A Week in the Hospital

(January 20, 2022) The specter of COVID-19 is everywhere. It's the elephant in the room, the new "C word." But it's not the reason I'm here. It's my sixth evening in the hospital....

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Advice for trans folks at the table

(November 25, 2021) When I started writing this piece, I had grand ambitions of opening a conversation for cisgender readers. After several drafts, I decided the internet was offering plenty of organizations, memes,...

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Our Affordable Housing Neighbors are the Best

(November 11, 2021) As my husband and I walked over to the boardwalk, a man standing on the balcony of a building opposite our Old Town apartment called over to us. "Who's that?"...

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Across Miles and Borders: Ripple Effect

(July 15, 2021) By Iridian Casarez We had just finished eating our plates of mole Poblano and rice when my abuelita began telling us of her recent month-long trip to Mexico. She began...

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Across Miles and Borders: A Friendship, Vaccination and Worry

(July 15, 2021) Coming from a long line of people who leave the towns and countries where we were born, I've always been comfortable with separation (the exception being my husband, without whom,...

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David's Out

(June 24, 2021) The first time I walked inside Pelican Bay State Prison I met David Nguyen. He was one of the first two graduates (along with Larry Vickers) to earn their...

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