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Category: Essays

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Bug’s Philosophy: Haircuts, Identity, and Validation

As silly and as shallow as it may sound, a rockin’ haircut is more than just a confidence booster; it can validate your identity.

We all know what it’s like to emerge from under a sheen salon cape feeling rejuvenated — or completely crushed. The way 100,000 follicles that sprout from our scalp shape our face wields such overwhelming power over our self-esteem.

And yet, it’s just hair. You can shave it all off and it’ll grow back with the utmost amnesty. The beauty of a great haircut is ephemeral, the heartbreak of a botched cut is fleeting.

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To Walk the Sea by Sally Piper

Creative writing student Sally Piper shares an imagery-driven piece inspired by a local getaway near to her heart.

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Dear Bernie Sanders by Emily

In a passionate, personable letter to presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Emily reflects on why our country is in need of change now more than ever.

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Behind the Zines: Let’s Talk About Vulnerability

Healing, by nature, is a very delicate topic that required an air of grace on behalf of ourselves and our contributors to hold these discussions.

We’re immensely proud of our community for coming together and letting themselves be vulnerable over the last two months.

However, there’s still one person who’s not entirely on board yet: me, editor burgundy bug.

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For Better or For Worse by Rebecca Amiss

Rebecca Amiss shares her fictional short story about overcoming domestic abuse.

Trigger warning: The following short-story contains descriptions of manipulation and domestic abuse that may be upsetting for some individuals. If you or a loved one are currently experiencing domestic abuse, please visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline website for support resources or call: 1-800-799-7233.

Fictional disclosure: All events and characters within this short-story are entirely fictional and do not reflect events that have taken place in the real world.

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It’s Been Here by S. Anne Kelln

S. Anne Kelln of Running in Shadows shares her personal experience with depression and suicide.

TRIGGER WARNING: This post discusses topics including: suicide, mental illness, hospitalization, and child abuse.

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