As the third anniversary of my mother’s death approaches, I am leaving my life in New York to spend a month on my own in Costa Rica — a place I’ve never been — from December 20 until January 19. This solitary endeavor will allow me to indulge in a moment of self-care, in which I may write a series of essays exploring the relationship I had with my mom while she was living, the time during her illness, and what my life has been like now that she is gone.
I will publish these essays on a blog entitled “My Grief Is Not Staged,” and my hope is that others who’ve experienced similar tragedies will engage in this public grieving process with me. There is a cultural of invisibility surrounding grief, and I believe that is part of the difficulty. When we avoid conversations about death, sadness, loss, and grieving, how can we expect to find peace?
The second article features the work of Blank Noise, a collective of individuals in India committed to addressing street harassment. My friend and Blank Noise founder, Jasmeen Patheja, speaks at length about the innovative work the group is doing to end gender-based violence — much of which is through the internet and artistic interventions. She sweetly gives me a shout out in this article.
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“In ‘The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives’, Abramsky brings together research and storytelling in an effort to make sense of why there is not more outrage over the tens of millions of people who struggle to make ends meet in the richest country in the world. He details the continuing erosion of the Great Society programs established by President Lyndon B. Johnson to assist America’s most vulnerable citizens, while making the case that growing economic inequality is eroding American democracy.”