Tease

by Kora Darling “Write something about yourself.” It’s advertising time again. I sit drinking, trying to sort out who exactly I am this week. If I were to be honest, my anxieties would leak onto the page like the oil that drips from my car onto the asphalt in front of my home, publicly staining my inadequacies across the road. But …

Love Anonymous, Making Amends

Love Anonymous is a series by Willow Hawthorn, addressing issues in her recovery process for an addiction to love. What follows is her account on Making Amends.   by Willow Hawthorn While I was still with my partner, he attempted sobriety. He started diligently and enthusiastically working the steps, but relapse after relapse, he’d find himself at rock bottom once again. Eventually, I knew …

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, this Relationship is Not Black and White: Surviving Valentine’s Day When You’re Not “Official” by Julia Gibson Valentine’s day is here, and it’s nearly impossible to be unaware of the holiday. When you are bombarded with red and pink decorations and extravagant Hallmark displays when you leave the house, it’s hard not to feel the …

A Love Story: The Proposal

by Liza Walter It was late April 2008 when my then boyfriend, Drew, and I were lying on our couch, watching television. “Do you like this ring?” I handed him my iPod with the jewelry store web page up, showing a beautiful white gold diamond ring, on sale. “It’s nice.” He said, calmly stroking my hair. “The real question is, do …

Fly

Fly I’ll never forget the night I went to Tia Maria’s house before I moved away to Boston. I walked into her dining room and saw her there. Big and beautiful.    She was in her most hated chair.  The chair she couldn’t get out of.  Tia Maria is a proud woman,  stubborn, and doesn’t want help from anybody. But …

Love Anonymous

by Willow Hawthorn Hello. My name is Willow and I am addicted to love. Not in a serial monogamist way, or even in a sex addiction way. Rather, I was addicted to a person who was an alcoholic & various other  substances abuser. We were together on and off for about six years or so, but it didn’t take long for me …