I’ve Worn This $8 Bra for 27 Years

When I gave birth to my first son 27 years ago, the hospital’s lactation consultant recommended Fruit of the Loom’s Beyondsoft Front Closure Cotton Bra. I was 22, and my husband and I were struggling financially, so I was happy to learn I could pick up the bra from Walmart. At first glance, it was […]

Read more

I’m a Single Mom & I Retired at 48 by Downsizing to a Trailer

I was scraping by, unable to afford the cheapest rent in town—that is, until I left it all behind to buy a surprisingly glam trailer. After my husband left me 12 years ago, he stopped paying the mortgage on our family home. I was a stay-at-home mom to a 14- and 16-year-old, a full-time PhD student, […]

Read more

I Will Always Be Muslim and Jewish

I’ve long felt shame that I knew much more about my Muslim heritage than my Jewish side, but this year, I’m diving in. I don’t know how to read or write Hebrew. I haven’t memorized a single prayer. I am illiterate regarding Judaism, yet I’m Jewish — a truth I know with certainty. How I interpret and process […]

Read more

I Moved into a Trailer Park as an Empty Nester — And I Love It

I had two kids in high school and a beautiful house on a hill when I got divorced more than a decade ago. Because I couldn’t afford the mortgage, I was forced to foreclose on our home.    I rented a nice apartment afterward, but I had trouble affording it while I was completing my Ph.D. So, I […]

Read more

Time, Money, PP & Notation

Time Would have died to be a ballerina Schedules Pima Community College classes for son who will be 18 soon Wears green and black striped socks  Helicopters hover overhead (even on Wednesday nights) Eats first Whataburger hamburger Meets a Bangladeshi boy Considers law school Gets super fat Gets even fatter Gets married for first time […]

Read more