As a domestic violence advocate, one of my job responsibilities is providing court support—basically: accompanying clients to legal proceedings. Mostly, this means just sitting there. I feel painfully inept at this pretty much always—mostly because it doesn’t really seem that the usefulness of the task I’m doing matches the gravitas of the situation we’re in. Stakes are high, and my…

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It felt like hundreds of eyes staring into my soul—not a fun feeling. The first time I stood up and talked to a room full of people, I was pretty sure that’s what was happening. People told me to picture the room full of people in their underwear. That didn’t help, not even a little. Instead I felt like people…

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Everyone has their own definition of “home.” Home is not necessarily the place you were born or the place where you spent any particular part of your life. Home is where you made your favorite moments; where you felt the most comfort and peace. My parents came to this country roughly 39 years ago; a decision that wasn’t easy, but…

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