All posts filed under: Writing

What is love?

Life / Writing

<pre><code> <em>“What is love?” I whispered, my question barely rising above the dull hum of the heater. I could feel the chilly air nipping at my exposed toes. He'd turned on the heating but didn't close the window. </em> </code></pre> <p><em>He sighed. “That’s a short question with a long answer.”</em></p><p> <a href="https://leoji.blog/2018/11/19/what-is-love/" class="read-more">▸ Read more. <span class="screen-reader-text"> “What is love?”</span></a></p>

Happiness is…

Writing

<pre><code> <em>"What is happiness?" he asks. "What does happiness mean to you?"</em> </code></pre> <p>Happiness is ice cream on a hot, dry day.</p> <p>Happiness is time at the beach, feeling the same between my toes, laughing and not caring that it’ll take days to get it out from our socks and shoes.</p><p> <a href="https://leoji.blog/2018/10/11/happiness-is/" class="read-more">▸ Read more. <span class="screen-reader-text"> “Happiness is…”</span></a></p>

When making friends means being exploited

Life / Writing

<p class="has-drop-cap">I remember one scene particularly well: It was in Ms. Brown’s biology class, and it must have been Year 9, because I didn’t have a class with her before then, but Simon wasn’t in my class afterwards. </p> <p class="has-background has-cyan-bluish-gray-background-color">This is part three of my ongoing project to write out my personal history in an effort to untangle the emotional history and stressors of my life.</p><p> <a href="https://leoji.blog/2018/10/07/when-making-friends-means-being-exploited/" class="read-more">▸ Read more. <span class="screen-reader-text"> “When making friends means being exploited”</span></a></p>

My first trip to CAPS, then the ER

LGBTQ / Life / Writing

<p>“Hi, my name is Leo. I’m a student at Northwestern University. And I suffer from serious depression-like symptoms.”</p> <p class="has-background has-cyan-bluish-gray-background-color">This is part two of my ongoing project to write out my personal history in an effort to untangle the emotional history and stressors of my life.</p><p> <a href="https://leoji.blog/2018/10/02/my-first-trip-to-caps-then-the-er/" class="read-more">▸ Read more. <span class="screen-reader-text"> “My first trip to CAPS, then the ER”</span></a></p>

Three, two, one: What do I do when I fall in love with another boy?

LGBTQ / Life / Writing

<p>I was 13 when I first thought about killing myself.</p> <p>I know it was that age only because I remember a specific detail that couldn’t have occurred when I got any older. After my sister, Lisa, moved to college when I was 14, I left the bedroom at the back of our third-floor 3-bedroom apartment, overlooking the fence, and into the larger bedroom that used to be hers.</p><p> <a href="https://leoji.blog/2018/09/29/three-two-one-what-do-i-do-when-i-fall-in-love-with-another-boy/" class="read-more">▸ Read more. <span class="screen-reader-text"> “Three, two, one: What do I do when I fall in love with another boy?”</span></a></p>

Multiplicity

Life / Writing

<p>“I don’t feel like anyone could understand me without knowing more about me than most people do,” I texted. “I usually do not have the time to explain the about-150 years of geopolitical and sociocultural history of the U.S., Europe and Asia and how that impacts me.”</p><p> <a href="https://leoji.blog/2018/08/01/multiplicity/" class="read-more">▸ Read more. <span class="screen-reader-text"> “Multiplicity”</span></a></p>

Accessibility matters

Technology / Writing

<figure class="wp-caption"> <p><img src="https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/800/0*GWk-2bKKwSIxemzB" data-lazy-src="https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/800/0*GWk-2bKKwSIxemzB?is-pending-load=1" srcset="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" class=" jetpack-lazy-image" loading="lazy"/><noscript><img src="https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/800/0*GWk-2bKKwSIxemzB"/></noscript><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">“Woman sitting in car in the sunlight with a smartphone in her hands” by <a href="https://unsplash.com/@rawpixel?utm_source=medium&utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">rawpixel</a> on <a href="https://unsplash.com?utm_source=medium&utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Unsplash</a></figcaption></p></figure> <p>Accessibility is important. But we seem to keep forgetting about it.</p> <p>I am part of the world’s first generation of Internet-first adults. My generation grew up as the Internet developed, and we’ve never known a world without access to so much information.</p><p> <a href="https://leoji.blog/2018/07/12/accessibility-matters/" class="read-more">▸ Read more. <span class="screen-reader-text"> “Accessibility matters”</span></a></p>

The origin story

Fiction / Life / Writing

<figure class="wp-caption"> <p><img src="https://leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/05/0*Gxqz1SiVRW3M-nnH." data-lazy-src="https://leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/05/0*Gxqz1SiVRW3M-nnH.?is-pending-load=1" srcset="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" class=" jetpack-lazy-image" loading="lazy"/><noscript><img src="https://leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/05/0*Gxqz1SiVRW3M-nnH."/></noscript><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">“Red roses near a green hedge surrounding a house” by <a href="https://unsplash.com/@csleeper?utm_source=medium&utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Caroline Sleeper</a> on <a href="https://unsplash.com?utm_source=medium&utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Unsplash</a></figcaption></p></figure> <p>They keep asking me for an origin story.</p> <p>Where are you from? What did you do? How did you get here? What do you want from your life?</p><p> <a href="https://leoji.blog/2018/05/26/the-origin-story/" class="read-more">▸ Read more. <span class="screen-reader-text"> “The origin story”</span></a></p>

how many

Poetry / Writing

<p>how many more kids have to die before we begin to say that taking away guns might mean we kill fewer children</p> <p>how many more schools need to have bullet holes before we decide we don’t want another shooting at a school ever again</p> <p>how many of our children have to watch their friends and siblings be killed at the place they learn to grow up before we look at other countries and realise their dying isn’t a fact of life</p> <p>how many more kids have to grow up before their time</p> <p>how many more lives have to be broken</p> <p>how many</p>

Race matters

Writing

<figure class="wp-caption"> <p><img src="https://leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/05/0*xwiVchIgUqupyqFZ." data-lazy-src="https://leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/05/0*xwiVchIgUqupyqFZ.?is-pending-load=1" srcset="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" class=" jetpack-lazy-image" loading="lazy"/><noscript><img src="https://leoji.blog/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/05/0*xwiVchIgUqupyqFZ."/></noscript><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="https://unsplash.com/@tomcoe?utm_source=medium&utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">tom coe</a> on <a href="https://unsplash.com?utm_source=medium&utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Unsplash</a></figcaption></p></figure> <p><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/15/us/starbucks-philadelphia-black-men-arrest.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Arrested for sitting down at a Starbucks in Philadephia</a>. <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/05/us/native-american-brothers-colorado.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Detained for attending a campus tour in Colorado</a>. <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/07/us/police-mentos-gun-video.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Gun pointed after he took the Mentos he bought in Southern California</a>. <a href="https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/water-tower-place-to-black-teens-kicked-out-of-mall-it-was-wrong-very-sorry/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Kicked out of a shopping mall in Chicago</a>.</p><p> <a href="https://leoji.blog/2018/05/09/race-matters/" class="read-more">▸ Read more. <span class="screen-reader-text"> “Race matters”</span></a></p>