the author on Pesach 2020

I am a Jew.

I am a Jew who wasn’t raised in a Jewish home. Nor were either of my parents, or their parents, or their parents. Judaism in my family was left in the dark a very long time ago. If my grandmother had not told me her stories…

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We live in a world that is obsessed with the narrative of the Narcissist and the Empath. The feeler and the one who supposedly devours all emotion. But, I want to discuss this narrative in a more intimate way.

We all have the capacity to be both.

I have been…

Healing From Abuse That Did Not Begin With Your Abuser

Abuse is an ancestor.

It is a living, breathing infection that festers through lineage for generations. It is a parasite. One that always knows which host to occupy. And there is only one cure to this sickness.


If we…

Speak your Truth without becoming inauthentic in the digital age

Being a young, woman of trans experience, creative from Nebraska — trying to navigate national literary conversations and movements I care about— can be difficult and isolating. When I first started utilizing my social media presence to promote and engage…

Navigating and surviving the fallout from abuse

Ever since I was a child, I have existed in a reality of constantly colliding internal and external cosmoses. I am a deeply introspective individual. Almost too much so. Coupled with a tendency to catastrophize, untamable anxiety, and a past where I expected…

Radical Self-Love is Liberation

Photography courtesy of Josh Foo

There is an isolation and darkness that is far more terrifying than from communities, social structures, or even families. It is an isolation so deep, it occurs in a place you can not escape.

It is within you. It is you.

For twenty years, I sank…

a.j.k. o'donnell

wordsmith, activist, and artist. She is the author of the collection "This Void Beckons".

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