"My mom’s guidelines were clear: we will accept this, but we will not talk about it — not even with each other."
"COVID-19 has opened a Pandora’s box of emotional, behavioral and mental health issues that will be difficult to put back."
"I couldn’t just come to class. I had to be subjected to racist rhetoric that was very rarely addressed by professors or teaching assistants, particularly by non-Black professors and TAs."
"When we got married, we had seemingly perfect couples tell us we were doomed because we were doing it 'wrong.'"
"I am so very grateful to be alive, but eight weeks after receiving the positive test, I still don’t feel completely recovered.'"
"A question nagged: The kids are in their early 20s ― could they possibly know they wouldn’t need the money later?"
"Being able to zoom out and get some perspective ... underscored that we can never really know what’s going on in other people’s lives."
"We are used to minimizing our own pain because we don’t want to rock the boat."
"I had no idea the Klan had such a powerful hold in Colorado until I found confirmation about my grandfather and began researching."
"Because I had no way to explain why our relationship ended the way it did, I never considered what she might be going through or the profound trauma she was experiencing at that time."