On Stress Cleaning

It’s the best-worst habit you could have. It puts your obsessive personality to work. It makes other people look around your spotless home and question, “Does anyone actually live here, or is this a real estate show house?” What I’m describing is the habit of stress cleaning. Part obsessive, part compulsive (but I’m told not the two combined), […]

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How I Reconciled Being a Nerd with Social Anxiety

When I was 14, that magical age where everything seems to go wrong, I really loved to read Japanese manga. I read it voraciously, filling my bookshelf with volume after volume of shoujo, action, and adventure manga. I loved the interesting stories that one could find in them, and how their characters, issues, and plotlines […]

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