Tag Archives: lessons learned

figue

| fig (feminine noun) | /fig/ I originally considered writing my master’s thesis on Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. But rereading the novel and devouring research on the fragmented female identity, as portrayed in Plath’s novel, resonated too much and … Continue reading

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sang

| blood (masculine noun) | /sæŋ/ While I was in Prague, I visited the Kafka Museum and marveled at a 100-page letter Kafka had written–but never sent–to his father, someone who remained an oppressive figure throughout Kafka’s life and work. … Continue reading

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jamais

| never (adverb) | /ʒamɛ/ Coming home each summer is strange; it’s like re-entering a parallel reality to which I have no access during the other eleven months of the year. Once at home, I find myself trying to reintegrate … Continue reading

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vivante

| alive (feminine adjective) | /vivɑ̃t/ Being alone defies social norms. From a young age, there is instilled in us a certain fear of solitude, because it is the terrible breeder of loneliness. That fear crystallizes within us until we … Continue reading

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lunatique

| volatile (gender neutral adjective) | /lynatik/ I rode the backs of giants. Appalachia, take me home. The steep ascent and      swift           decline, a darkness so profound. How I miss the days I ricocheted from    ashes        the into      flames. If … Continue reading

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courageuse

| brave (feminine adjective) | /kuʀaʒøz/ Most days I am prisoner to the dizzying contours of my own mind. One word sends me spiraling. I feel guilty for even writing this post. Who am I to write of pain? I … Continue reading

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force

| strength (feminine noun) | /fɔʀs/ Heartache exists in a vacuum. In times of pain, I cannot be consoled with memories of heartaches past. You’ve seen it all before. Isn’t it funny how that works? After all, why do painful … Continue reading

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