Watching Her Chase The Dragon/ Watching The Dragon Catch Her

Auditorium On a frozen night in March of my junior year of high school, my mother drags me to a lecture about drugs and the teenage brain. It is meant for parents, and I am one of the only students there. For what seems like a lifetime, I listen to the middle-aged woman drone on…

Ariana Perseveres

Ariana is no stranger to doctors. Like many others, Ariana was born with an immune deficiency, making her susceptible to illnesses such as whooping cough, scarlet fever, and so on. From a young age, she spent more time than a child should sitting upon the crinkling white paper of a doctor’s examination table, cold with…

Coming Through, by Michael Lemieux

I was twenty-nine-years-old when I had my first panic attack. It was October of 2012, two months before my thirtieth birthday. At that time, I was living with my girlfriend, Anna. Hurricane Sandy was coming. It was all over the news, but no matter how many precautions I took, I was unprepared for what was…

Jordan Had Enough

It was Jordan’s first day of her second semester at SUNY New Paltz when she first noticed Greg. She was in the dining hall waiting on the food line with her roommate when he caught her attention. He was standing by the dishwashing station adjacent to her on the other side of the room. Jordan…

Britt SHARES: Off the Menu

It’s been three years since I’ve eliminated gluten and dairy from my diet. Removing both gluten and dairy from my everyday routine was not as challenging as some would suspect. Don’t mistake me, eating clean definitely has its challenges. But the transition to omitting the foods that were causing harm to my body, felt like…