Genetics of Addiction

I was born with addicts running reckless in my family Addiction meandered up and down my veins Planning the perfect time to strike Hitting me like I’d imagine an 18-wheeler would It’s said that if you live by the sword, you die by the sword Tell that to my cousins In and out of jails, […]


My heart throws itself against its cage in the silence so hard it rocks the car. The first time, in California, I actually thought it tremors from the drought-brown folds of San Andreas but a needle of a different kind jumps tonight. Ten winters before breath obscured everything beyond this windshield my Nana gingerly set […]

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger…or does it?

That seems to be the catch-all answer for anyone who’s having a hard day or going through a tough time in their lives. What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.  It makes sense, you survive the trial and you’re a better person because of it.  We all have trials in our lives that tax us, […]

An Open Letter to My Drug Addicted Mother

When I was a child, like many other children, I learned that drugs are wrong. They are not something to be played with. They ruin lives. That notion has stuck with me, unwavering, in my 25 years of life. I know that belief is embedded in my mind. My problem lies within the fact that […]

Losing Your Mother to Mental Illness

This piece, titled “Losing Your Mother to Mental Illness”, comes from the incredibly brave Ariana Hegarty, who reflects upon her mother’s bipolar disorder. I’ll never forget our shopping sprees and laughing until our stomachs hurt in the dressing room when something I thought was adorable, looked ridiculous. But as the years go on, the good memories fade […]