Author: Allyson Michele

There Is No Good Headline For A Dead Parent

“When someone leaves your life, those exits… are… not made equal. Some are beautiful, and poetic, and satisfying. Others are… abrupt and unfair, but most are just unremarkable, unintentional, clumsy.” -Griffin McElroy, The Adventure Zone My Mom passed away on July 9, 2017. We stood in her ICU room and said everything we needed to say, and then told her she had to go. She had to let the pain end. I had been at a birthday party just 36 hours before, drinking beer and showing off the new house Mom hadn’t seen yet. My fiancé and I got...

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Chairwoman of the Board

In the dimly lit control room of Frogville Studios, Willa Snow stands at the sound board waiting for the end of a take. The control room has stacks of whirring and blinking indicators for various pieces of equipment. There is a sort of casual chaos alongside a strict schedule the band must adhere to if they want to release their album on time. While some people lie on the couch or nap upstairs in the bunk room, others are patiently recording take after take, trying to get the perfect one. You can’t see the band from the control room...

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The Myth About Gender

When my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our first child, we agreed that we wouldn’t find out the baby’s sex.  There are few true mysteries in life, we mused, and we wanted to experience what seemed like the uncovering of a great secret.  I felt certain I was having a girl up until the moment Michael announced, “It’s a boy!”  I did not feel surprise or disappointment—dare I admit I felt somewhat relieved.  We named him Xavier and put our ‘girl name’—Zora—in our back pocket, imagining we’d use it for #2. And when we were...

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