Like many of you, I entered the Medium Writer’s Challenge hopeful but not expecting much. I have never won anything in my life; why would this time be different? Except that it was. Astonishingly so.

Last week, Jermaine Hall, VP of Content at Medium, called and informed me of my…

Illustration by Rafaelle Macaron for Medium, applied with Author’s permission on 10/18/2021

My Grandmother Mamie killed herself when she was 74 years old. She drove my mother’s car onto some railroad tracks in the middle of nowhere out toward Abilene and then set a fire in the trunk before shooting herself in the side of the head.

My father called me on…

Randi Ragan

Lives in Los Angeles, originally from Texas.

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