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Letter sent on Aug 11, 2017

Tell Your Stories. Live On.

It’s. All. Happening.

WE JUST LAUNCHED TICKET SALES TO OUR AMAZING EVENT IN SAN FRANCISCO!

COME AND GET YOUR LOVE. IT’S GONNA BE AWESOME.

Happy Friday!

My partner is generally freaked out by how freaked out I am about death. Not my own death — because I’ve been courting a healthy trifecta of agnostic, atheistic, and nihilistic tendencies and feel generally A-OK about my own body rotting in the ground since I was a kid . . .

But people I love dying? It fucking terrifies me.

In my particularly spooky and self-punishing moods I viscerally imagine the deaths of my most cherished people. I even have a project called “Eulogies For The Living” in which I write speeches for their funerals. My idea is that people should know how magical and brilliant and wonderful they are right the hell now.

Anyway. I was visiting one of my best friends last night; her toddler daughter was sleeping in the next room. Her husband came home — who is also a dear friend — and explained his mother had recently entered hospice; she isn’t going to recover from the stroke she’s had.

I thought of the tiny new life — powdered and pink and poised on the cusp of 85 years — and the woman languishing in Allentown, Pennsylvania just two hours away. I thought about the thread running between them, how the memory of his mother will be rendered in stories and photographs; that little girl will tell herself a story of her grandmother and in her mind, she will live on.

Tell your stories. Live on.

With love + rage,

Katie Tandy
Co-founder | Creative Director

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The prison industries process and manufacture items and services around us on a daily basis: ergonomic office chairs, dorm beds, recycling programs.

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I’m more than a man, and I’m more than a woman: I’m a singular experience. Some days I want be penetrated, and other days I want to top with the perfect dick. Which is why I now know that I have to push forward and find the perfect dick for me.

‘Adulting’ Is Hard–I Know Because I’ve Been Doing It Since Grade School

By Sian Ferguson

I often complain about adulting when I have to make an appointment to see a doctor, but truthfully, I first took myself to a clinic when I was 12. I had just been sexually assaulted and I found out I was pregnant.

I was afraid to tell anyone, so there I was, “adulting” alone. My situation was horrific, but far from unique. We often don’t want to admit that children are put in these positions because it’s painful to imagine — but we need to acknowledge that this is a reality, or we erase marginalized children altogether.

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