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The Best of The Week

1. What is your name?

My name is Mary

2. Tell us something about you, your background, and what you've been up to lately?

I'm from Chicago and now live in southwest Florida. I've lived roughly half my life in Chicago and half in Florida, in Naples, Delray Beach, and Lake Worth. I have worked in more than one library, and am about to start work in another. I'm what you would call a 'night owl.' My day-to-day 'uniform' primarily consists of dark heather grey tees, cutoffs, and moto boots. I'm a lefty in every sense of the word. I have an ornery orange and white cat named Freddie Parker. I'm five feet, two inches tall. I've been vegan for almost fifteen years, more than half of my life. I like to sand and refinish furniture, and learn how to work on cars. Right now, I'm finishing up a Bachelor's degree. 

3. How did you discover Everything, and how did you become a noder?

In a few days I'll pass the one year mark of being on hormones. I've mentioned this to people over the past few weeks and I've gotten various responses. I've been asked how I plan to celebrate and told that it's a huge milestone that I should be proud of. People have commented that I'm noticeably happier, that I'm attractive, pretty, sexy.

They don't understand.

A friend…

Anyone who explains wabi-sabi first says it's a difficult concept to convey to Westerners.

I'm Cuban by heritage and American by geography, so this will likely be an exercise in mutual blindness.

That's fine with me.




My mother has a scar.

She was not born with this scar, but received it while pregnant. It was years before I learned that, while the scar had risen from the application of a hasty scalpel, it…