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The Messy Stuff of this Human Life

I think it was some kind of sign from the universe that Arielle started this project around the same time that I became pregnant with my first child. When a woman knows she's going to carry another human, I think she imagines the countless ways that this little creature will take in and learn about the world. She imagines what she'll impart on him consciously and unconsciously and what he'll see and understand all on his own. I think the universe asked me if I was ready to answer questions about things that I never actually asked myself. What does humanity mean? What is belonging, and why won't he always feel included? What does love look like? Why does cruelty exist? Where does raci

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