They build each other up, mindful that the world will try to tear them down

Billie Eilish onstage at the 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C., November 7, 2018. Photo: Laura Todd Carns


Playing a sport isn’t the only way for kids to exercise.

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For ballet, it may be too late. For writing, it never is.


Wireless wasn’t the improvement I hoped.

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A love letter to my morning routine.

The best mornings are when the cat helps


Knowing better can’t silence my inner body-shaming critic.

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Dress the part.

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If forced proximity has you drained, you’re not alone

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We are, quite literally, begging you.


As if 16-year-old me would have listened to advice.

The author at 16, impervious to wisdom

Laura Todd Carns

Freelancer & fictioneer. Contributor to Medium pubs Human Parts, GEN, Curious; bylines elsewhere in WaPo, Quartz, EL, The Lily & more. www.lauratoddcarns.com

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