Rachael Hope


If you only need one reason to vote him out, consider this: Donald Trump doesn’t care about you or this country.

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Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

This year is my 6th time voting for the President of the United States. In the past, it’s always been something I believed in doing, and something I watched closely. But this year is different. I have never felt that so much was at stake. Beyond policy, this time feels like one candidate will improve things, and one will mean the end of the country I live in as I know it.

I’m not super excited about either candidate, if I’m being honest. I don’t love Joe Biden, and he wouldn’t have been my pick for the nomination. It’s hard to be very into another old white guy president. …

Hanging on through the hopelessness of heavy boots

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Photo by Alex Boyd on Unsplash

It’s late Sunday night when a post appears in my local community Facebook group. There is not much information, just a screenshot of a dispatch report from the fire station down the hill. The address is blacked out, but I can see enough to maybe figure it out. Description: ECHO DOA. Initial Remarks: 3 PEOPLE FOUND DEAD — F UNABLE TO SPEAK // CRYING UNCONTROLLABLY. Instantaneously, a heaviness develops in my gut.

The post asks if anyone has information: was it accidental or were they murdered? There are a few comments, then the admin of the group appears. She knows details, is not sharing them out of respect for the family, confirms it was not a break-in, but a self-contained situation so people didn’t need to worry about that aspect. …

Mothers share the things that surprised them, grieved them, and helped them during the pain of miscarriage.

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Photo by Andrey Zvyagintsev on Unsplash

I love Chrissy Teigen. No, I don’t know her. She doesn’t know me. But she is smart, and funny, and real. And her suffering right now is a parent's worst nightmare, a loss that is wordless. Her photos and words are raw, beautiful in their humanity, and timeless.

It’s not easy to share this pain with the world at large, but I’m so, so thankful that she chose to. …


Rachael Hope

Polyamorous, loud laughing unapologetic feminist, rad fatty, and epic sweet tooth.

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