Author: McKayla Robbin

On Worrying and Doing Less of It | Typewriter Series

Culture + Community Maybe you’re like me. Maybe you, too, often feel as though your brain is jam-packed with doubts and anxieties. With worst-case scenarios and never-ending guilt-trips. With words like should and have to and not enough. It’s easy to feel burdened by the pressures of a competitive, consumerist culture, so how do we give ourselves the permission to lay down these burdens? Is it possible to acknowledge our worries, gently set them aside, and then move forward in our lives without dragging them along? There’s a poem by Mary Oliver called “I Worried,” and it goes like this:...

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On Rebuilding | Typewriter Series

Culture + Community Here’s what the first half of the new year looks like: the old world has crumbled, our disillusionments have shattered, what once was no longer is (or perhaps we have learned that it never truly was in the first place). And now, after the damage and desecration and disappointment, after the pain and suffering and loss, we sit in the ruined cities of our hearts, minds, bodies, and communities, and we howl at the moon: what now? Here’s what we do: we rebuild – we build again. The word ‘again’ is important: hold onto it. Because ‘again’...

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Learning to Speak | Typewriter Series

Culture + Community Sometimes, particularly following trauma, we’ve been silent for so long that we need to learn to speak all over again. But this isn’t an easy task in this world of ours, a world that can be (and often is) tough and unforgiving and cruel, a world where some people choose to speak in insults and fists and bullets. And learning to speak is particularly difficult when your voice is made to feel irrelevant or less than because of your gender, race, sexual orientation, etc. Speaking doesn’t always mean pushing our voices up through diaphragm and throat and...

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The Underbelly of Silence | Typewriter Series

Culture + Community Because the previous installment of this series focused on the power of silence, and because I believe in the both/and of things rather than the either/or, and because so many women have stepped forward in recent months to speak their truths, it seems only fitting that this installment focus on the underbelly of silence, on the pain and fear that so often prevent us from speaking. Imposed silence is different than sought silence: imposed silence is not a choice by the one who keeps silent; it is a choice made by the person or group of people who choose...

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The Power of Silence | Typewriter Series

Culture + Community *Before we begin, it is important to note (as Rebecca Solnit does in her essay “A Short History of Silence”) that silence can be and often is a form of oppression; however, for our purposes, we will differentiate between silence that is imposed and silence that is sought and consider here only those forms of silence that are sought by oneself, of oneself.* Being quiet does not always mean being disengaged, and something spoken is not always more valuable than something unspoken, though we’re often told otherwise by popular culture. On social media platforms, the word “engagement”...

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