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And killing shame along the way

Throughout my struggles with mental health challenges, I’ve found solace in the words of others who have dared to share their vulnerabilities. People who have been through something similar to my own experience or worse.

I’m drawn to the authors who are honest and raw in their writing and sharing…


Not for the sake of political correctness, but out of common decency and respect

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"That's just retarded”.

I hastily swallowed my wine and put my glass down on the table in shock. Did he really just say that? I was on a first date sitting across a handsome neurologist, and we were about to order our entreé. …


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What the experts say and how it can be fixed.

Like most people around the world, I've been stuck in a home office for the better part of a year. …


Thoughts from a grieving native Texan abroad

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Do you know how hard it is for an expat Texan to say that? I stuttered just typing that title out.

From a young age, we Texans are brought up with such an innate sense of state pride. It’s a pride I have carried with me as I’ve lived my…


Us Americans Have A Lot To Learn

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As a dual citizen of both my native United States and adopted Norway, I have the honor of participating in deciding the fate of each country when election season rolls around every four years.

Ok. Maybe that responsibility doesn't rest solely on my shoulders, but you catch my drift.

Last…


The answer isn’t always as black and white as we think.

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He broke up. And then, in the same breath expressed his desire to one day be friends. He said he would miss me in his life, and the thought of not having me in it hurt.

I couldn’t help but give into my knee-jerk reaction to this platonic proclamation by…


We are so much more than what we do from 9–5

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For most people, work has become their identity. It all starts when we're kids as well-meaning adults ask us, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. …


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There are people I’ve lost in life whom my mind wanders to occasionally. …


Am I the only one who sees it?

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Due to the global pandemic, I was away from the United States for two years. The longest I have gone without setting foot in the country where I was born and raised.

Nestled away somewhere near the arctic circle, I've been safe and sound in Norway, living my best little…


Maybe home isn't where the heart is.

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I’ve always been drawn to the places where, once upon a time, my name was on the mailbox.

These are the homes that shaped me into who I am, for better or worse and there’s this intoxicating curiosity that is compelling enough to cause me to revisit them over and…

Kelsey L.O.

Texan in Norway. Lover of good stories, good eats, and travel. Product Manager by day, writer by night. IG: kelseylo_writing

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