“TallBear, a citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in South Dakota, says thinking about building healthy relations instead of solidifying an identity is a more ethical approach for those trying to make sense of their Indigenous ancestry.”
“As a mother of eight boys, her primary concern was sheltering her other kids. She and her husband sold everything they owned that was not in the apartment, split the $30,000 between their mothers to raise their children, and began living on the streets.”
“When Isaac Würmann’s relationship began to crumble, he started seeking out examples of queer love elsewhere. It turns out, he didn’t have to look far.”
“I remember thinking that therapy felt like a nascent form of gaslighting, where the client is blamed if the therapy doesn’t seem to work. I’d come to learn later just how common that feeling is.”
“Here’s what I know for sure: I have three fathers who love me. One is my true dad—the man who raised me and has always told me ‘the more people who love you the better.’ One has the softest heart and shares my experience of being adopted. And one feels like a soulmate even though we’ve never met.”
Taken to its logical conclusion, it means believing that anybody who has enough faith can be healed. This approach relegates disability and illness almost entirely to the realm of the magical, the supernatural.
“Small family farms are disappearing, but not for the reasons people tend to think. As investors rush in, farmers can’t hold on to their land.”
“Again and again, the health-care system exploits the sense of obligation we have to one another.”
The Roaring Cat Retreat was more than one couple’s personal zoo. It was a symbol of the divisions between a small Canadian town’s rich and poor, its past and present, and the park’s closure threatened to take some of Grand Bend, Ontario’s unusual character with it.